Do you want to see wildlife but don’t have the time to go to the zoo? There is a much closer option for Santa Clarita residents to get up close and personal with a variety of different bird, animal and reptile species, The Wildlife Learning Center.
Located in Sylmar just off the 210 freeway at the Yarnell exit, The Wildlife Learning Center is a short 10 minute drive from Santa Clarita, and is easy on the pocket book as well. Admission for adults is $6 and $5 for kids, with children under the age of two are free.
The Wildlife Learning Center has approximately 70 different bird, animal and reptile species, ranging from foxes to alligators to lynxes to a bald eagle. Many of the inhabitants are rescue’s, including the bald eagle which was rescued from North Carolina with a damaged wing that prevents it from being able to survive in the wild.
The center was founded by David Riherd and Paul Hahn, and is staffed with a collection of wildlife biologists who are eager to share their knowledge with visitors, including animal presentation shows and a summer day camp for kids. “It’s a great place for kids and families, you can see the animals up close, usually people prefer this to a large zoo because you can see the animals so close up,” Riherd said.
“Trainer talks” occur every hour, a trainer will take out a certain animal and teach visitors about that animal.
The Wildlife Learning Center is open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.