Outdoor Mammal Enclosures
A stockade fence surrounds a 90’x 100’ wooded area, creating a large private area for fawns in natural habitat. The space is divided into three sections, each of which may be made accessible or closed off from each other. Included is a 10’x10’ barn for young fawns or isolation, and a storage area for straw bales. Once weaned, fawns may be allowed free access in and out of the fawn pen, increasing their space for foraging of natural foods on 7 acres of WildCare property surrounded by the 6’ tall Fawn Memorial Fence- Sponsored by Betty Harper.
Owens Stadium- Sponsored by Steve Owens
A unique enclosure for tunneling species, Owens Stadium is fortified with heavy-gauge wire panels extending 4’ underground allowing for instinctual burrowing behavior without the risk of escape. This 20’ x 20’ enclosure is primarily used for skunks, but has also been used for prairie dogs, and badgers on a rare occasion. All sides are covered in corrugated metal to prevent climbing. The remainder of the 8’ sides and top are aviary netting which stretches over a large cedar tree and natural flooring.
Seagate Complex- Sponsored by Seagate Technology
Generally occupied by squirrels or opossums, Seagate is a 44’ x 50’ x 8’ wood frame and 1” x 1” wire enclosure with various sized compartments secured with double doors. Two aisles provide easy access to each compartment as well as provide space for food and supply storage. The enclosure has its own hydrant, hose, and sinks as well as counter tops for diet preparation. A metal roof provides shelter over one half of each compartment, while the other half’s wire top lets in the sunshine. All compartments have natural branching, den boxes, and a variety of other types of enrichment set up specifically for the species being housed. When squirrels are released, the boxes from their Seagate enclosure are hung at their release site. Building new boxes to replace those that have been used for releases has been a great Eagle Scout project several times over the years. Four compartments are 10’ x 20’ x 8’, two are 10’ x 12’ x 8’, three are 8’ x 8’ x 8’ and twelve are 8’ x 4’ x 8’.
Coon Condo is a busy place during the summer months housing rambunctious groups of juvenile raccoons in each of its eight 10’x18’x8’ enclosures. The 40’x31’x8’ enclosure includes double door entry, 8 separate compartments, natural flooring, center walkway, hydrant, hose, sink, food and supply storage, and countertop for diet preparation. Welded wire and steel-frame construction make this a sturdy enclosure for these active and dexterous animals. The walkway and one half of each compartment is covered by a metal roof to provide shade and shelter from inclement weather.
Summerlee- Sponsored by Summerlee Foundation
Bobcats in care at WildCare are housed in Summerlee, a 40’ x40’ x 12’ outdoor enclosure constructed using a steel frame and 1” x 2” welded wire with secure double door entry. The space is divided into two large runs, and a 10’x10’x12’ isolation pen. Guillotine-style doors between runs limit contact and risk during daily care, and aid in efficiency and safety of capture for medical care or transport for release. Den boxes are provided in the enclosure in addition to natural flooring and heavy vegetation. Long secured logs create elevated paths where young cats practice their agility and stealth among the trees. Stumps and other enrichment make good hiding places for food for novice hunters.
Ahimsa- Sponsored by Ahimsa Foundation
Ahimsa is WildCare’s enclosure for foxes. The space measures in at 30’x 30’x 12’ which is divided by guillotine-style doors into a 10’x10’x12’ isolation pen, and two large runs. All three spaces incorporate natural flooring and vegetation, raised platforms, and den boxes. The enclosure is suited for both red and gray foxes, both of which are native Oklahoma species.
QAC- Sponsored by Catherine Quinlan
QAC is a large enclosure that can be set up to suit the needs of a variety of species. The filtered pond in one of the three compartments has enabled us to house many species over the years including river otters and beavers. One of the compartments, a lush 20’x 80’x10’ run has been of great value when working with coyotes. QAC is a steel-frame enclosure with 1”x2” welded wire walls that extend underground and have a sheet metal base for added protection. The flooring is natural, live trees are incorporated, and den boxes are provided.
Big Splash Beaver Pond- In Memory of Dianna Gilcher
WildCare’s beaver enclosure is designed to accommodate beavers for long-term care. Beavers mature slowly and remain in the care of their parents often for 2 years. Orphaned beavers are therefore in need of care in rehabilitation for equally as long. The enclosure includes a filtered, drainable pond complete with waterfall. Beavers also have access to the framework of a lodge, and natural materials to work on learning their construction skills. Around the pond, the enclosure incorporates natural vegetation and shady areas provided by trees.
IFAW- Sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare
WildCare’s newest outdoor enclosure, IFAW, which was donated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is a 40’x24’x8’ enclosure used for a variety of mammals. Built with thorough disinfecting capabilities in mind, this enclosure has a concrete floor, hydrant, stainless sink, and hose. The enclosure is divided into 11 compartments of various sizes and has counters for diet preparation as well as shelving and storage for supplies. Each compartment has raised platforms, natural branching, den boxes, and added enrichment available for a variety of mammal species.