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Northwoods Wildlife Center

8683 South Blumenstein Road

In a culmination of the dream of local veterinarian Dr. Rory Foster and his wife, Linda, the Northwoods Wildlife Center was incorporated in 1979, and became a separate entity from his veterinarian clinic, Foster-Smith Animal Hospital.  The catalyst for making this dream a reality?  An injured fawn that had been hit by a motorist was brought to his veterinary clinic.  The Fosters were determined to help this 2 day old, 4.5 pound fawn, and help it they did! Soon after that, the Foster's began treating more and more wild animals It was then decided that they would form a non-profit organization dedicated to helping injured wildlife.  Once enough money was raised a wildlife hospital was built next to the Foster-Smith Animal Hospital. On June 19th, 1982 the Northwoods Wildlife Center was officially opened, becoming the first wildlife hospital in the Midwest!

Rory Foster's first book Dr. Wildlife is the story of how the hospital came into being.  Today the original building is still there, but has been added on to many times in order to improve our ability to care for and treat wildlife.  Education programs and the space to house permanent residents were soon added.  In his second and final book, I Never Met an Animal I Didn't Like, Dr. Foster continues his story and the activities of the Center.  Unfortunately Rory Foster past away in 1987 at the age of 37 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  His dream and passion continues to be carried on by past, present and future staff, volunteers, and interns.  You can learn more about the Center by reading, Wildlife Hospital, by Sybil Ferguson.  In this book among the many characters you meet is Orson the Great Horned owl. Orson was our original resident and continued to educate the public until he passed away in Spring of 2009.


Melissa Perry

Friday, June 15, 2018
Great place! They do an amazing job rescuing a variety of animals. I'm sure they must be up day and night taking care of wounded wildlife. I know that if I see any wildlife that needs medical care I will be sure to call them right away. Thank you to the team there!

Kristine Kuesel

Friday, March 30, 2018
We visit each time we vacation in the North Woods. Hortense the Turkey vulture is a main attraction and never fails to entertain. The people here are so friendly and knowledgeable. It warms my heart thinking about the great work they do here.

Lori Parker

Friday, May 18, 2018
This is a wonderful place the staff was very helpful and friendly highly recommend it

Tom Sara

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017
This place takes in the injured birds (think hawks/owls) of the area and shows them in outdoor cages. A guide will walk you through with the fact cards/script. Budget 30 mins of your day. Suggested donation is $5/person.

Tami Hicks

Friday, July 21, 2017
I love how the volunteers take the time to answer any questions you or your kids might have. It was great to watch them feed the baby squirrels and birds.

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