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Animal Ambassadors

We Are Not Pets!

Many people who visit our facility watch our presentations or participate in our school programs, and wonder whether they, too, can have a skunk or a porcupine for a pet?

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to keep native wildlife in captivity. It is against the law to have a wild animal as a pet. The animals that have come into our facility can not go back into the wild; some have been kept illegally as pets, some come from unusual circumstances, others were born in captivity.

We always share these stories with our guests, so you can understand why they can not go back into the wild. With that being said, just because they can not go back into the wild doesn’t mean they live here at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue as pets.

All of our animal ambassadors live in species-specific enclosures within our “enchanted” forest. These enclosures provide our ambassadors with the opportunity to act as natural as possible. They are made out of the living trees within the forest.  Birds have space to fly, predators can hunt, prey species can dig burrows. It is important that these animals still maintain a wild lifestyle. They get the added bonus of a healthy meal provided each day along with protection from predators and human love.

Remember, we want to see native animals in the WILD!
Every species, no matter how big or small plays an important role in our environment.

Animal Ambassadors

Meet Danny!

Common Name: Pine Marten
Scientific Name: Martes americana
A group of them is called:
We just call him: “Danny”

Size: 46 – 54 cm (length)
Weight: 0.9 – 2.2 kg
Lifespan: ~ 9 years (wild), 15 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

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Meet Neville!

This guy came to us in urgent need of help, after flying into a truck!  Neville only has one wing and needed life-saving surgery, so he can’t be released back into the wild.  He is now living a comfortable, happy life at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue as one of our Animal Ambassadors team.

Common Name: Long-Eared Owl, Lesser Horned Owl
Scientific Name: Asio otus
A group of them is called: A parliament
We just call him: “Neville”

Size: 35 – 40 cm (length)  Wingspan: 90 – 100 cm
Weight: 220 – 435 g
Lifespan: ~ 10 years (wild), 25 – 30 years (captivity)
Diet: Carnivore (Bird of Prey)

Meet our "Prickle" of Porcupines!

Common Name: North American Porcupine
Scientific Name: Erethizon dorsatum
A group of them is called: A prickle
We just call them: Peach, Daisy & Sonny

Size: 60 – 90 cm (length)
Weight: 4.5 – 18 kg (females are larger than males)
Lifespan: ~ 5 – 7 years (wild), up to 30 years (captivity)
Diet: Herbivore

VINNIE & MINNIE’S STORY

Both Minnie and Vinnie came from south of the border living in harsh conditions. When they came into Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, they needed a lot of love, care, and attention. Now, they are thriving as part of our Animal Ambassador team! Vinnie and Minnie spend a lot of time together, in fact, maybe too much time. As part of the Porcupine mating ritual, Vinnie will sometimes urinate on himself to attract Minnie!​

LEIA’S STORY

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PRINCESS PEACH’S STORY

Princess Peach was kept as a pet before being turned over to another organization, which brought her to us. Her nails were growing into her palms. She is now happily settling in at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, as being a former pet, she cannot be set free.

Meet our "Skulk" of Red Foxes!

Common Name: Red Fox
Scientific Name: Vulpes vulpes
A group of them is called: A skulk or leash
We just call them: Jet, Paintbrush, Ebony, Rosie, Ruby, Scarlet, Ash, Takoda, Crimson & Clover!

Size: 45 – 90 cm (length)
Weight: 2.2 – 14 kg
Lifespan: ~ 2 – 5 years (wild), 15 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

Paintbrush
Jet

PAINTBRUSH & JET’S STORY

 

​Paintbrush and Jet came to us when they were just fox kits. Their mom had quite a large litter and was unable to care for all of her pups. Paintbrush and Jet had to be bottle-fed around the clock when they first came to Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue. Paintbrush and Jet are brother and sister who enjoy taking long walks together throughout the wooded forest of Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue. Paintbrush only has three legs, as a result of infection early in her life – but, that doesn’t stop her from playing in the creek!

EBONY, ROSIE, RUBY & SCARLET!

 

These sweet and hard-to-tell-apart siblings were born in captivity and live with Paintbrush and Jet as an extended family. 

ASH’S STORY

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CRIMSON & CLOVER’S STORY

 

Crimson and Clover are Red Foxes that call Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue their home. They came to us from a CAZA accredited facility where they were hand raised. Crimson and Clover love spending time together. Most of the time they are snacking on blue berries or hunting squirrels.

Meet J.T. & Freddie

Common Name: Arctic Fox
Scientific Name: Vulpes lagopus
A group of them is called: A skulk or leash
We just call them: “J.T.” and “Freddie”

Size: 71 – 110 cm (length)
Weight: 1.4 – 9.4 kg (males are much larger than females)
Lifespan: ~ 4 years (wild), up to 14 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

J.T. & FREDDIE’S STORY

J.T. and Freddie came to Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue from different facilities in Northern Quebec, where they had each been raised as part of a fur farm. Even though their stories started off not the greatest, things turned around for them when they were brought to Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, where they now have a second chance at life.

Many people ask us what J.T. stands for – Justin Trudeau? Justin Timberlake? Or perhaps an old nickname of one of the owners? We will leave it up to your imagination.

Meet Mario & Luigi!

Common Name: Singing Dogs or “Dingos”
Scientific Name: Canis lupus familiaris
A group of them is called: A pack, or kennel
We just call them: “Mario” & “Luigi”

Size: 31-46 cm (length)
Weight: 9 – 14 kg (males are much larger than females)
Lifespan: 16-19 years
Diet: Carnivore

Meet Olaf & Oden!

Common Name: American Crow
Scientific Name: Corvus brachyrhynchos
A group of them is called: A murder
We just call them: “Russell Crow”

Size: 85 – 120 cm (wingspan)
Weight: 320 – 620 grams
Lifespan: ~ 7 – 8 years (wild), 15 -20 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

OLAF’S STORY

Olaf also came into our care after being kept as a pet, and therefore cannot be released into the wild.

ODEN’S STORY

Oden is one lucky crow; after having his esophagus removed by a dog, our vet was able to reconstruct it!  He cannot go back into the wild, but he is living happily with our other crows as an Animal Ambassador.

Meet Edwin & Smelvin

Common Name: Skunk
Scientific Name: Mephitidae
A group of them is called: A surfeit
We just call them: “Edwin” & “Persephone”

Size: 40 – 94 cm (length)
Weight: .5 – 8.5 kg
Lifespan: ~ 5 years (wild), 6 – 10 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

Meet Pedro

Common Name: Pigeon
Scientific Name: Columba livia domestica
A group of them is called: A flight, flock, or kit.

Size: 32 – 37 cm (length)
Weight: 350 – 700 g
Lifespan: 3-5 years (wild), ~15 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

Meet Echo!

Common Name: Great Horned Owl
Scientific Name: Bubo virginianus
A group of them is called: A parliament.
We just call him: “Echo”

Size: 43 – 64 cm (length)  Wingspan: 91 – 153 cm
Weight: 1.2 – 1.6 kg (females are somewhat larger than males)
Lifespan: ~ 13 years (wild), 20 – 30 years (captivity)
Diet: Carnivore (Bird of Prey)

ECHO’S STORY

Echo came to us as only a nestling and was born in captivity, so cannot be released into the wild.  Now, Echo is all grown up and helping us to educate our future generations about Ontario wildlife.

Meet Avery & Aurora!

Common Name: Bobcat
Scientific Name: Lynx rufus
A group of them is called: A clowder, clutter, or pounce
We just call them: “Avery” & “Aurora”

Size: 69 cm (length)
Weight: ~ 8.6 kg
Lifespan: 3 – 4 years (wild), up to 25 years (captivity)
Diet: Carnivore ​

AVERY & AURORA’S STORY

Avery and Aurora were born to parents who lived in captivity. Although the facility had put preventative measures in place so as not to reproduce, they still did. Avery and Aurora were born outside of the typical bobcat breeding season. When bobcat babies are born, they need to be separated from the father, as they have the tendency to kill their offspring. Since the facility did not have the resources to provide a safe environment for them, they came to Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue. Here, they can live a fulfilling life together in a sanctuary-like environment.

Meet Floki!

Common Name: Canada Lynx
Scientific Name: Lynx Canadensis
A group of them is called:
We just call them: “Floki”

Size: 73 – 107 cm (length)
Weight: 8 – 14 kg (males are much larger than females)
Lifespan: ~ 15 years (wild), up to 21 years (captivity)
Diet: Carnivore

FLOKI’S STORY

Floki came to our facility as a baby!  Due to being born in captivity, he cannot be released into the wild.  He spends his days frolicking and lounging here with us, and helping to educate future generations as an Animal Ambassador!

Meet Khaleesi!

Common Name: American Badger
Scientific Name: Taxidea taxus
A group of them is called:
We just call her: “Khaleesi”

Size: 50 – 83 cm (length including tail)
Weight: 6 – 11 kg (males larger than females on average)
Lifespan: 9-10 years (wild), up to 15 years (captivity)
Diet: Omnivore

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