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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

Chinese Water Dragon


Physignathus cocincinus

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10-20yrs
  • Length: 2-3ft
  • Range: Southeastern Asia
  • Habitat: Riparian
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists: lizards, small mammals, insects, plants
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, roaches, veggies, fruit, mealworms, snails, crickets

The Chinese water dragon reaches lengths of up to 3 feet, although 70 percent of their body is comprised of their very long tail. They use their tale for balance and leverage when jumping and climbing. Water dragons are arboreal and if threatened they will drop from a tree into the water to make their getaway. They are proficient swimmers and they can hold their breath underwater for up to 25 minutes.

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

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7 Days/week

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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.