Wildlife

Meet wild animals daily

Get close up to wild animals – from a bobcat, otter and porcupines, to owls, eagles and reptiles – and learn all about them from our staff. Discover these High Desert animals in natural habitats indoors and at outdoor exhibits on scenic nature trails.

At the Autzen Otter Exhibit, get an underwater view of Brook and Rogue, our two river otters as they flip and swim.

Look into the eyes of a great horned owl. Say hello to our porcupine family, and visit magnificent live eagles and owls at the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center.

In our Desertarium, you can meet Gila monsters, tortoises, rattlesnakes and all kinds of crawly critters of the desert.

View our wildlife programs schedule and see even more animals in shows and educational talks.
 

Adopt an Animal! 

Adopt your favorite animal at the High Desert Museum and help provide the care and enrichment they need. Makes a great gift, too.
 

About our wildlife

The Museum’s wildlife staff works with our animals daily to build their trust. Our animals’ habitats are designed to give them the space and environment they require. This is all a part of the Museum’s commitment to delivering the highest standard of animal care.

The animals cared for at the Museum cannot be released to the wild. Most of them were rescued after being injured. Many of the birds cannot fly due to their injuries. Other animals rely on us just to survive because they never learned how to hunt or avoid predators. When people take young animals from their parents, these animals become “imprinted” on humans and can no longer survive in the wild.