We have several non-releasable small mammals who make their homes with us. Read some of their stories below.
A teenage girl just had to have Rascal, and her parents indulged her without doing any research about having a fox as a pet. Once the girl realized that foxes are not like dogs, being far more shy and tentative, she just left him sitting in his cage most of the time.
When she did let him out, he dug up the carpet, and when he became frightened, emitted a musk that smells remarkably like skunk stink. The young girl’s mother made her give him up and they brought him to us. Today, Rascal has lots of space to play and has a sweet red fox playmate, Ginger.
Kinkajou (aka, Honey Bear)
Birthdate: March 31, 2002
Yoda came to us from a zoo who had retired him from their education program. This little honey bear can be extremely territorial and has scared many a new volunteer, especially if you wake him up during the day.
Once you get past his prickly demeanor, he is a total sweetheart. He has a five-inch tongue that is designed to lick the nectar out of flowers and pluck fruit from trees. He also has the characteristic Kinkajou prehensile tail that he can use as a “fifth hand” just like a monkey, but he is actually more closely related to a raccoon or coatimundi.
Birthdate: April 2012
We have more than 10 non-releasable raccoons who make their home at our sanctuary, but Snow White, Betty White and Goldilocks are a special breed. Blonde raccoons do occur in nature, but they are rare. Our Blondes came to us as babies from another animal sanctuary that was closing due to financial troubles.
The Blondes are not albinos, but rather a cross breed between albino and regular raccoons that are popular in the exotic pet trade. Our White Faced Capuchin, Rosie, helped raise them as babies and still plays with them occasionally. These three sisters are proof positive that blondes has more fun… and cause more trouble.
Boo came to us as a baby skunk and had such a sweet personality that we immediately started training him for our educational program. People often mistake Boo for a large ferret because he looks mostly white, but if you look closely, he does have the traditional skunk markings in a soft grey color.
He is part of our education “A” team and is so docile that he can work in our Autistic and Special Needs program. Boo is a big staff favorite because he loves to cuddle, but beware if you do. You might smell a little musky afterwards.
Birthdate: Spring 2016
Ginger made her home with us when she was less than a month old. We had been on the lookout for a companion to our Silver Fox, Rascal, and she was a perfect fit.
Ginger is really outgoing and loves people, which is highly unusual for a fox. We did not expect her to be one of our education animals, but she has proved to be super trainable.
Ginger walks on a leash and cuddles with her favorite staff and volunteers. She might not be a typical fox, but she is a wonderful ambassador for her species.
Come meet all of our small mammal friends by scheduling a private tour today!