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Celebrating our 40th Year of Saving Wildlife!

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Winter Hours 10:00 - 4:00


Wildlife Questions: 541-476-0222

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

American Badger


Taxidea taxus

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 25 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 12 yrs
  • Length: 3 ft
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • Range: Most of North America
  • Habitat: Prefers open grassland, prairie, open forest
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: Small rodents, insects and larvae, reptiles, fruits and berries
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: variety of meats, kibble, fruit

A member of the family Mustelidae, North American badgers have a reputation for being quite ferocious. While they are rarely instigators of aggression, they can certainly be very defensive. They have very few predators because of this, and have even been observed defending their territory from much larger predatory animals like bears! Badgers are quite common in Eastern Oregon; they tend to live in areas of open country and loose soil. These animals are fossorial, which means they are diggers and live their lives largely underground. With long claws and short strong legs, badgers are able to dig through very hard surfaces. There are even documented cases of badgers being able to make their way through concrete.

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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Wildlife Clinic
Open 9:00 - 4:00
7 Days/week

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7 Days/week

Park Admission
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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 115 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.