Rob Silvester, a biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, says it's convenient for everyone. "The Wildlife Center is an outdoor education center that's nestled in the central part of our state. It's literally two hours from anywhere in West Virginia, it is an opportunity to come and look at wildlife species that occur in West Virginia that you normally wouldn't see."
But you can see them, weather permitting, year round for little or no charge. There are a lot of interesting animals to check out, like the fisher. Watch these guys for a little while and you'll wind up getting on the internet to learn more about them, and that's just what Rob and the crew here want you to do. As cool as the fishers are, they're not the most popular animal here.
"Probably the most popular exhibit we have is the otter exhibit where you can actually see otters above water and in their pool there is a glass where you can watch them swim, they're actually very graceful swimmers, and, again, it's a chance to see something you wouldn't see in the wild." says Silvester.
Most of the animals at the Wildlife Center are still living somewhere in the state, but some used to live here but don't anymore.
"It's also an opportunity to see animals that occurred in West Virginia, species like elk, bison and mountain lions. If you wanted to see these animals in the wild, you'd have to go out west, but you don't have to go that far, you just come here to the Wildlife Center and see things up close in their unique habitat and the unique things that they do." says Silvester.
Another good thing about the Wildlife Center is that from November to the end of March, it doesn't cost you a cent to get in. The rest of the year, admission is very reasonable. Every day you'll have the time of your life checking out the wildlife here.
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