The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center's mission is to create awareness and provide financial resources, through fundraising and events, in support of the Nature Center - Asheville's Wildlife Park.

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The Friends are currently accepting applications for a Volunteer and Education Associate, an 11-month service position through AmeriCorps Project Conserve. Learn more here.


There is a secretive hunter that makes its home in the mountains of western North Carolina, and while you may not see it very often, it is instantly recognizable. The red fox is a fairly small predator, built for speed and agility. These beautiful animals are extremely adaptable, and range across the continental United States from Alaska all the way to Florida. They are generally solitary and shy, so if you catch a glimpse of one in the wild, consider yourself lucky! To get a better look, you can always come to the WNC Nature Center to meet our resident red fox pair.

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The WNC Nature Center’s wildlife rehabilitation program takes in hundreds of injured and orphaned small mammals, birds, and reptiles per year. You’re probably wondering, “Where in the world does the Center put all of those animals?”

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