34. Wildlife Images
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center is equal parts rehabilitation clinic, animal sanctuary and education center, all of which add up to an adventure for animal lovers young and old.
Founded in 1981 by wildlife rehabilitator J. David Siddon, the facility was created to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Wildlife Images has since expanded to provide educational programs on wildlife, conservation and the environment to schools, organizations and the general public.
A tour of the 24-acre facility is a walk on the wild side. More than 80 volunteers care for the sick, injured and orphaned critters in Wildlife Images’ custody. Baby squirrels, badgers, grizzly bears, bald eagles, reptiles, cougars and birds of prey have all called the refuge home at one time or another.
The sanctuary located about 12 miles west of Grants Pass houses a long list of resident animals, including a bearded dragon, bobcat, desert tortoise, golden eagle, gray fox, gray wolf, river otter and white-nosed coatimundi.
Wildlife Images is open to the public daily. Walking tours last approximately 1.5 hours, with a casual pace over gentle terrain.
Reservations are required, as all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. Tours cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 4-13; children 3 and younger by donation.
Call 541-476-0222 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to book a tour and get directions. To learn more, see www.wildlifeimages.org.