Wildlife

Wildlife

Get close up to wild animals – from a bobcat, otters and porcupines, to owls, eagles and reptiles and more! Discover High Desert animals in natural habitats indoors and in outdoor exhibits on scenic nature trails. Learn about how the Museum cares for these animals and why they can’t be released in to the wild.

At the Autzen Otter Exhibit, get an underwater view of Brook and Rogue, our two river otters, as they swim through the water with ease. See the Pacific lamprey as they explore the exhibit’s indoor fish tank.

Look into the eyes of a great horned owl. Say hello to our porcupine family, and visit the other magnificent owls, eagles and hawks in the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center.

In our Desertarium, meet some of the smaller wildlife that lives in the High Desert such as Gila monsters, desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, turtles, burrowing owls and all kinds of crawly critters.

Enjoy a close-up view of prickly porcupines and spend some time with a bobcat in the Earle A. Chiles Hall of Exploration and Settlement.

In the By Hand Through Memory exhibit, discover an underwater world where sturgeon, bull trout and rainbow trout live. Gaze into the waters of Cheney Pond where native redband trout swim.

While walking the Museum trails, keep an eye out for songbirds and other wildlife. Birders bring their binoculars in the hopes of seeing a white-headed woodpecker or red crossbill perched on a pine.

Learn more about these animals during our daily wildlife programs and special seasonal flight shows.

Adopt An Animal

Help us, help them. Adopt your favorite animal at the High Desert Museum and help provide the care and enrichment they need. Makes a great gift, too.

About Our Wildlife

The Museum’s wildlife staff works with our animals daily to build their trust. Our animals’ habitats are designed to give them the space and environment they require. This is all a part of the Museum’s commitment to delivering the highest standard of animal care.

The animals cared for at the Museum cannot be released to the wild. Most of them were rescued after being injured. Many of the birds cannot fly due to their injuries. Other animals rely on us just to survive because they never learned how to hunt or avoid predators. When people take young animals from their parents, these animals become imprinted on humans and can no longer survive in the wild.