UPDATE:  As of July 1, 2020, until further notice, the WNC Nature Center remains temporarily closed to the public. The Nature Center is working closely with local officials to develop a plan to safely reopen. This will most likely take place during Phase 3 of North Carolina’s Stay Safe COVID-19 order. We anticipate opening during the month of September and will update the website and our social media platforms as soon as a date is confirmed.

Open 361 Days a Year: 10:00am – 5:00pm, last entry 4:30pm

Red foxes

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Appearance: The red fox is known for its rust-colored or orange-red fur and its long, bushy tail. These tails come in handy for balance and for staying warm in the winter!

Range: Red foxes thrive in many different habitats, including urban areas. They are are territorial mammals and scent mark their domain. Foxes mate for life and keep dens in which they seek shelter and rear their young. They have several natural predators, including humans who have been hunting foxes for centuries.

Diet: Built for speed and agility, red foxes are skillful hunters.  Slender bodies, long legs, and small stomachs allow this mammal to run 30 mph (faster than the average moped!). Foxes use their sensitive hearing and stealth to locate and sneak up on their prey.  Rodents, rabbits, and other small mammals are a large part of their diet; they will also consume fruits, berries, and insects.


Toby the red fox was born in the wild in spring 2007 but was orphaned at a very young age. He came to the WNC Nature Center in May 2007. Since Toby was born and raised in a zoo, he does not fear humans and didn’t learn the necessary survival skills to live in the wild.

Toby is considered a “gentleman fox.” He carefully and delicately takes his food from his keepers, and he shares his habitat with Rocket the gray fox without complaining!

Meet our other animals

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Karma and Garnet, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

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Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Angoras are primarily browsing animals and thrive best where there is a good cover of brush, weeds, and grass.    Disliking the rain, Angoras are well adapted to a dry, mild climate.

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