Today I wanted to talk about one of the best places we visited while we were in California: the Wildlife Learning Centre in Sylmar! I’m not even totally sure how I found out about the centre, but as soon as I learned about it, I put it high on our “to-do” list.
Rescue and education
The centre is located on an old olive grove in a neighbourhood in Sylmar (blink and you’ll pass it!) so it’s not a big facility by any means, but it’s got a lot of character… And characters! The WLC is home to over 100 rescued, zoo-born, and displaced animals of about 50 different species. The centre is interactive with its guided tours and all their staff constantly walking around, and its goal is to educate the public in conservation and the environment!
Fun fact: I had seen pictures of a blind owl with eyes that look like a galaxy online, but didn’t realize until we were already back in Canada that this is where he lives! He was sleeping during our visit, after all!
I was trying to think of what my favourite part of the centre was, but in all honesty, I loved every square inch of this place! I got to see parrots, bald eagles, and sulcata tortoises in real life which is something I’ve always wanted, but I also got to fall in love with ocelots, porcupines, alligators, and more. For me, any amount of time spent with any amount of animals is my idea of a fun day!
Here are some of the animals in motion!
If you ever find yourself in the area, PLEASE visit this amazing place! It’s the perfect way to spend a couple of hours and if you’re lucky, you can catch a keeper presentation – we got to learn about and pet a red tegue! He felt like a basketball.