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The Creature Conservancy's motto is Conservation Through Education. The center is not a zoo, but a place where rescue animals and surrendered exotic animals become teaching ambassadors of ecology, wildlife, and of course, conversation. Through programs, classes, special events, the staff facilitates opportunities for people to make compassionate connections to wildlife. Visitors love being up close and personal with some of the world's most fascinating animals.
Before visiting, it's a good idea to check the center's weekend presentation schedule. During these interactive experiences, staff members showcase a variety of different rescue or transplant animals. For example, you can meet Quinn, the injured non-releasable bald eagle, and Harper the cougar who was born in captivity. Other featured animals include an emu, a kangaroo, and Poco the Sloth. While learning more about each animal, guests can touch, feel, and sometimes help feed each one. In addition to the group presentations, visitors can walk around and explore on their own. The Creature Conservancy is really popular with families and is extremely child-friendly. It's a great place to enjoy some unique wildlife opportunities in Ann Arbor.
The Creature Conservancy has a unique visiting schedule. During the week, the center is open for field trips and private tours by appointment only. Opening hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Outdoor habitats with limited wildlife viewing are open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, free of charge.