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Wildlife Images
11845 Lower River Road
Grants Pass, OR 97526
(541) 476-0222
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After getting loaded down with brochures at the Grants Pass visitor's center, one of the first to go into my "must see" file was Wildlife Images. Their mission: "A place where wild things arrive to get a helping hand, and leave having given us the ability to understand."

Meet "Jaws," a Bobcat kitten orphaned after his family was attacked by domestic dogs. I mean, just take a look at this face. If there were any chance of seeing it up close, wouldn't you want to?

But if an animal that arrives here in need can be returned to the wild with a good chance of survival, that's the ultimate goal. In that case, they won't put the animal on the tour route so they don't "imprint" on humans. Only permanent residents are allowed to be visited.

"We ask that you enter with an open mind and heart. If Mother Nature is going to have a chance, we must all do our part." -- David Siddon (Founder)
Rufus is a bobcat who is now a permanent resident due to his growing up with close contact with humans. Because a young boy was silly enough to remove him as a cub from his mother's den, and the boy's mother silly enough to let him "keep" Rufus, he can never be released in the wild again. Even though they will never hunt for themselves again, the carnivores are fed raw fresh meat just as they would eat in their natural habitat.
Nikki is a Eurasian Lynx. He really is a big kitty cat, gentle and loving to be touched. He put on a sad puppy dog face when we left, though. He came to Wildlife Images de-clawed by his previous owners.
Clark's previous owners weren't content with just de-clawing this poor baby - they actually had all 4 tendons cut on his legs. It was pretty sad watching his legs shake as he walked. He gets his share of pampering from Sue Richards, who was kind enough to take me on my tour. I have a feeling he's one of her favorites.

Directions: About 8 miles from I-5 at Exit 61 (Merlin-Galice Road). 14 miles north of Grants Pass. Or take the scenic route from Old Town Grants Pass: "G" Street turns into Rogue River Highway, then Lower River Road.
Tours are given 7 days a week free of charge. Reservations are required, and donations welcomed (and richly deserved).
This tour continues to the canine area.
Come meet some resident grey wolves, Lakota and Czar.
Wildlife Images Pages:
1 - Feline
2 - Canine
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