See wildlife up close just a few miles from downtown Asheville! The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a 42-acre wildlife park, providing a home for injured, orphaned or imprinted animals that could not survive on their own. They have undergone many improvements in the last few years!
They are one of 28 wildlife centers in the country participating in the red wolf re-introduction program. They have 1% of the entire red wolf population of the world, because there are only 300-400 red wolves in existence, and they participate in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding program for this critically endangered species.
See 60+ native species of animals, all in natural habitats, as well as many small mammals and songbirds wild on the grounds. Along the shaded walkways, find plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery. Learn about our rich natural heritage through educational and interactive exhibits. Enjoy diverse wildlife, gardens, trails, indoor exhibits and farm animals to pet. See deer, foxes and bears, wolves, bobcats and cougars. A favorite is watching the river otters at play.