Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

Welcome to the WNC Nature Center! Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

Red tailed hawks

Red Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Red-tailed hawks are diurnal hunters who swoop down upon their prey in a steep dive.  Hawks, along with other birds of prey, are pest control specialists, regulating numbers of destructive rodents and other small animals.  They live mainly in deciduous forest areas, adjacent fields, and forest openings where they hunt for a variety of prey including rodents, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, and even insects.  The red-tailed hawk is adaptable and is able to live in close proximity to humans.  Pairs maintain a territory year round and mate for life.  As with many other animals, habitat loss remains the primary threat to the continued well-being of these birds.  They are also accidentally killed or injured each year due to collisions with automobiles, towers, fences, and windows.  Legal protection, including prohibiting hunting and feather possession without special permits, has helped the red-tailed hawk to make a dramatic comeback in many areas.

Toli

Date of Birth: Unknown

Toli came to the WNC Nature Center in March of 1998. Toli was wild born, but was injured as an adult making it not possible to age him. Toli sustained an eye and wing injury after being hit by a car. Since birds depend on their ability to fly and their sense of sight so much, Toli would not be able to survive in the wild.

Toli is missing one eye due to his injury.

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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