I knew little about wildlife rehabilitation until I came across the live Cub Cam on Advancemedia.com. Watching with an international forum, I fell in love with orphaned bear cubs. I marveled at Mike's antics and applauded when he reached his milestones. It was no small thing that rehabber Tracy and her staff at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge welcomed a 24/7 live cam into their workplace so we could observe animals being rehabilitated. The staff lovingly cared for MIke with incredible skill and tenderness. They provided him with every opportunity, medical care, playtime, love, enrichment and exercises to address each challenge. They educated us through updates, photos, humor, and videos. They took such good care of Mike that i was shocked to learn that they care of over 1,000 orphaned and injured animals each year! I have no doubt that each animal is treated like the one and only.
I truly understood the role of rehabber when Woodlands staff needed to make heartwrenching decisions about Mike, and did what was in the best interest of this special little bear even though all of our hearts were aching. We somehow got through together. I observed what a labor of love rehabbing is, and how very hard they work, when they posted videos of the release to the wild of more than a dozen bear cubs that they successfully rehabilitated. The strong online community that formed around Mike lives on, 26,000 comments strong on the advancemedia forum, almost 1400 comments on the newer WWR forum. WWR has featured foxkits, opossums, raccoons, snakes, woodchucks, skunks, and squirrels on their live critter cam. It is a privilege to be part of WWR's experience. I happily donate what I can and look forward to volunteering in the future.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is a great haven for orphaned and injured animals, with a dedicated staff and fantastic volunteers who care a great deal about the future of New Jersey's wildlife in the face of continual habitat loss.
Woodlands provides the nourishment and medical care required by these animals while maintaining a philosophy of as little human contact as possible to give them the best chance at a natural life after release.
Yes there are some sad endings, like Mike & Ike, but there are also joyous times, like the release of 13 (thirteen!) yearling bears in May, and watching a woodchuck scamper out of a carrier into the woods, and seeing a just released raccoon scramble out on a tree limb where it should be!
But WWR is also more than that. Woodlands educates people about wild animals. Like how the beautiful Eastern Box Turtle has a very small territory and when someone comes along and builds a mall in its territory it can't adapt elsewhere and it will perish. They teach that even though a baby animal is really cute it does NOT make a good pet! Once it grows up, guess what? IT'S A WILD ANIMAL!
Woodlands also inspires people. Like the college student who drove all the way from Minnesota this spring to spend the summer as an intern. And the little girl who donated her birthday money toward supplies for the animals.
WWR does an amazing job of preserving and protecting wild NJ in a multitude of ways and gives the animals a chance!
I have been a long time follower of many different animal refuge facilities, but none can even come close to the extraordinary service and level of professionalism that Woodlands Wildlife Refuge provides. Their first responsibility is for the wellbeing of each animal that comes through their doors. They do everything possible to care for, rehabilitate, and nurture all their animals so they are fully ready to get back into the wild. If needed, they even call on the world’s top experts to help solve unique animal health conditions. For Woodlands, it’s all about getting the animals back to where they belong, and no animal is ever released before it is ready.
All this begins with their remarkable leader Tracy, who always finds time to educate the public and personally answer questions that we might have, and all this in addition to her other important duties of running an entire refuge facility! Tracy kindness and huge heart can be seen and felt everyday through the way in which Woodlands is operated. The Woodland’s staff is incredibly tender in the way they interact with the animals, which is evident from their Live Animal Cams that were specifically set of by Tracy for us, their faithful followers. Their response time to inquiries is unequaled. If we have a question or post a comment on their forum, there is always someone ready to answer them or simply adjust the angle on the cam for our best viewing pleasure.
I’ve been to a few animal refuge and sanctuaries, but none seem to be as clean, or the animal, as well cared for as Woodlands. Their animals have nice size habitats with lots of toys, and as they grow, they get moved into larger habitats that will mimic the more natural conditions they will encounter once released. I’m sure this is to guarantee the greatest success for all the animals’ futures.
They take in so many animals each week, that I’m not sure how they can handle it all. But they do, with smiles on their faces and love in their BIG HEARTS!!!
It’s easy to get attached to Woodland Wildlife Refuge, because they get everything right. They make you feel like family by keeping everyone updated daily with their new residents, current animal conditions, event information, heartwarming animal release videos, and tons of educational information.
In my opinion, Woodland Wildlife Refuge could be used as a blueprint for all other Wildlife Animal Refuges around the country! They are making this world a better place, one soul at a time!
Thank you Woodlands for everything you do! ♥♥♥
Like many of the reviewers, I first learned about Woodlands Wildlife Refuge (WWR) when I was introduced to Mike and Ike, the orphaned bear cubs that WWR took in to rehabilitate. Little did I know that I would never be the same. WWR and NJ.Com brought us the “cub cam” that allowed us to learn, laugh and love as we tuned in each day to watch our new furry friends. Every day was a learning experience as we watched the loving care rendered to our little cubs. Even though we were rarely able to see the faces of the WWR Staff, we marveled at the tenderness and compassion shown to the cubs and we came to affectionately call the staff “angel gloves.” Through the work of WWR and the “cub cam”, a community, called MFC (Mike Fan Club) was born. It is hard to capture in words what WWR and their work means to us. Their work has touched us in such a way that we have become emotionally invested in them and their critters. The staff of WWR is committed to their mission and ALWAYS does what is in the best interest of their animals. This commitment is demonstrated in the countenance and words of their director, Tracy, when she broke the news to us that our little cub, Mike, was not responding to treatment. After caring for and loving this little bear for four months, WWR carried out the ultimate act of love, releasing Mike to the next world, where he could be all a bear is meant to be. Four months after the loss of Mike, the MFC is still committed to the work of WWR. We continue to learn about a wide variety of animals through WWR’s cam. Raccoons, snakes, and squirrels are just some of the animals we have learned about through this cam. Our MFC group has reached nearly 26,000 comments on NJ.Com, a testament to our commitment to the work of WWR. WWR provides the essential care that gives needy animals a second chance, provides the community with a valuable education on wildlife and fosters love and respect for animals in the audience they are reaching. Simply put, WWR makes the world a better place.
Know there are many worthy organizations around the country and world that aid distressed animals but the one organization closest to my heart is Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. First heard of this organization early this year when a story by N.J. Advance Media brought to our attention the plight of 2 orphaned bear cubs. WWR worked diligently to
help these cubs survive but it was to no avail. Woodlands Wildlife objective is to nurture every animal brought into their facility with the main objective to restore them to health and return them to the wild where they belong. I now have the privilege of watching every day on WWR cam the wonderful deeds and amazing stories of how so many of God's helpless critters are made whole and given a second chance at life in the outdoors. The work of the staff and volunteers at Woodlands is truly amazing. Everyone there has a true compassion and desire to help those in their care. If I lived on the east coast I would be a volunteer as well, as that is not possible, I donate and encourage others to do so for the benefit of all the animals entrusted to their care. Woodlands flies under the radar, they are not looking for kudos or notoriety - they are there for a purpose -the purpose is the give all animals in their care a chance to be the animals they were meant to be.
I was introduced to Woodlands Wildlife Refuge through watching Mike and Ike the orphaned bear cubs on the live web cam that NJ.com set up. I see the most dedicated, compassionate, and caring staff of rehabbers and volunteers at WWR. They spend long days and nights rescuing,caring for sick and injured animals, then releasing them to the wild. They provide education to cam watchers and the public every day. They find the time to put loving and caring touches in the "condo" of their featured cam critters with enrichment toys, colorful bedding, and cool dinner plates! I learn something new every day thanks to them. They go above and beyond with every critter. I donate regularly to support their efforts to help animals return to the wild. I commend the staff and thank them. WWR is simply THE BEST!
I am a volunteer at WWR. What an amazing place to volunteer. I have learned so much from the staff as well as other seasoned volunteers. It is a great place for our injured and orphaned wildlife to convalesce. The release rate is excellent. The staff truely follow the mission and vision statement.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is not like other animal rescues. The animals they help can be cute and cuddly, but unlike other rescues these animals cannot be adopted, they are wild animals. The loving and compassionate care provided by the dedicated staff and volunteers at Woodlands is truly amazing. I live in Michigan and learned about the exceptional work this nonprofit provides on a daily basis when I read an online story about a little one week old orphaned black bear cub nicknamed Mike. I began watching the live web cam feed of Mike, who was in critical condition and required extensive medical care for many months. Over the weeks, as I watched Mike, I not only fell in love with this sweet wild animal, I was in awe of the round the clock care he received from the beautiful guardian angels who work at Woodlands. From that moment on I have been a donor of this exceptional nonprofit organization. I only wish I lived closer so I too could become one of their trusted volunteers caring for these orphaned and injured animals. Without a place like Woodlands the nearly 1,000 animals they care for annually would most likely not survive. Tracy and her team at Woodlands continually ensure that the animals and reptiles in their care have a second chance at living the life they were meant to. Thank you Woodlands for the exceptional work you do on behalf of the wild animals in New Jersey. You are all angels on earth helping these defenseless animals.
Woodlands is amazing. The care and love they put into each wild patient is beyond compare. I worked as a volunteer, an intern, and an apprentice for two years at Woodlands. The staff members are compassionate, not just to the animals but to the volunteers as well. They are meticulous when it comes to training and are always interested in what is best for the wild patients in their care. Not only are the people there wonderful to work with, they are also great mentors. Woodlands is a place worthy of your contributions.
This place is amazing. I did my full time internship at this non profit organization this summer and it was the most rewarding experience I have ever had. I have learned a lot from watching the staff as well as other volunteers. The staff trurly cares about the animals as well as volunteers. And on top of that the volunteers show so much passion toward the animals. Without place like this a lot of wildlife animals would end up dying and would not be given a chance to survive.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is an excellent non-profit organization. Their selfless staff demonstrate a true passion for the work they do and work around the clock to provide care for their fuzzy, scaly, and wild guests. I have been a donor and volunteer for a few years and will keep continue to support Woodlands and their efforts. Keep up the great work guys (and gals!)