Get close up to wild animals – from otters and porcupines, to owls, eagles and reptiles and more! Discover High Desert animals in natural habitats indoors and in outdoor exhibits on scenic nature trails. Learn about how the Museum wildlife team cares for these animals and why they can’t be released into the wild.

At the Autzen Otter Exhibit, get an underwater view of Brook, Rogue and Pitch, the three river otters in our care, as they swim through the water with ease.

Look into the eyes of a great horned owl. Visit the other magnificent owls, eagles and hawks in the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center.

In our Desertarium, meet some of the smaller wildlife that lives in the High Desert such as Gila monsters, desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, turtles, burrowing owls and all kinds of crawly critters.

Enjoy a close-up view of prickly porcupines in the Hollern Atrium in the Spirit of the West hallway.

In the By Hand Through Memory exhibit, discover an underwater world where bull trout and rainbow trout live. Outside, gaze into the waters of Cheney Pond, where native redband trout swim.

While walking the Museum trails, keep an eye out for songbirds and other wildlife. Birders bring their binoculars in the hopes of seeing a white-headed woodpecker or red crossbill perched on a pine.

Learn more about these animals during our daily wildlife programs and special seasonal flight shows. Check the Daily Schedule for more information.

Adopt An Animal

Help us help them! Adopt your favorite animal at the High Desert Museum and help provide the care and enrichment they need. It makes a great gift, too.

About Our Wildlife

The Museum’s wildlife staff works with our animals daily to build their trust. The 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.