Category: Wildlife

A Gentle Thanksgiving 2019

While most Americans are sitting at tables eating typical Thanksgiving fare later this month, The Gentle Barn will be celebrating the life of turkeys and enjoying a field-to-table menu. This year marks the 20th year of A Gentle Thanksgiving, an event where animals are the main attraction, not the main course. Tickets are available for […] Read more

Coati Kingdom A pictorial, natural history e-book

by Alan R. Graham We hadn’t exactly decided to invest the next 10 years of our lives in saving coatis. It just happened that way when, in 2009, three orphaned babies were thrown in my lap. Witzoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize was a fledgling enterprise at the time, preparing to help any animal in need […] Read more

Don’t Let Rattlers Take a Bite out of Your Spring

by Victoria Rubay Rattlesnake season has officially begun, and the curiosity of our pets can bring about a dangerous reality. Rattlesnakes emerge when it’s hot, so you and your dogs may find them in your favorite hiking spots or even in your backyard. If your pet is bitten by a rattlesnake, you must rush to […] Read more

Wildlife Waystation – Magic Kingdom in our Midst

by Martha Michael There’s a lot of science supporting the theory that people end up looking like their pets. And while studies mostly refer to the physical appearance of dogs and their owners, there’s one local example with a much broader sampling. Exotic animal sanctuary Wildlife Waystation is a lot like its founder, Martine Colette. […] Read more

Placerita Nature Center’s Amazing Animal Show

by Natalia Radcliffe Before Roger McClure took the job, Frank Hoffman, known as Ranger Frank, was in charge of the animal show. Ranger Frank, however, is not a volunteer. He is employed as the recreation services supervisor, in charge of practically everything, from paperwork to answering visitors’ questions and taking care of animals – even […] Read more

Hart Park Zoo

When Santa Clarita Valley residents decide to have a “zoo day,” many think they have to drive up to Santa Barbara or down to L.A. But what they may be forgetting is that Santa Clarita has a zoo of its own. The William S. Hart Park in Newhall is home to 60-70 animals, taken care […] Read more

Roaring Good Time with Wild Cats

As the year purrs on, so do the opportunities to support the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. Every summer, those who love wild cats can take part in a special Twilight Tour of the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Conservation Center in Rosamond. More than 70 felines live at the center, representing 19 species, including: tiger, […] Read more

Things to Do

April 28 Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Twilight Tours The first EFBC Twilight Tour of the year is open to visitors on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Guests will arrive during evening hours to see the behavior of wild cats in the night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Twilight Tour, the […] Read more

How to Coexist with Native Wildlife

It’s spring, so it’s a good time of year for some tips on what you can do if you come across a baby in its natural habitat. What should you do if you find an orphaned or injured animal? With good intentions, people sometimes attempt to rescue baby animals. Sadly, a lack of training in the […] Read more

Pet Peeves from the Rescue Perspective

There are areas where cats can live indoor/outdoor and have a long healthy life. Santa Clarita is not one of those places. Almost daily I encounter people who claim they are unable to keep their cat indoors. Because the cat is insistent on going outdoors, it’s a given – and the cat is allowed outdoors. […] Read more