Walking on the wild side
By Matt Echelberry
Wildlife Haven held “Walk on the Wild Side,” its annual fundraiser, on Feb. 16 at St. Joseph’s Activity Center. A dinner and silent auction were part of the event. Items up for bid included hand-crafted birdhouses, paintings and ceramic pieces.
Founded in 1990, Wildlife Haven focuses on the care of injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife. It also provides educational programs for schools and the community. It is the only state and federally permitted facility of its kind in north central Ohio.
During the fundraiser, two members of the Columbus Zoo stopped by with a few of their friends. The audience got up close and personal with an African Blackfooted Penguin, an endangered species found on the South African coast.
The animal handlers also brought in a Banded Palm Civet, one of two Palm Civets in captivity in the United States, and a Slip Fox, the fastest Fox in the world (clocking in at 35 miles per hour). Rounding out the list was a Leopard Tortoise, a Brazilian Armadillo and a Short-Nosed Echidna (a member of the monotreme family along with its cousin, the platypus).
Wildlife Haven is located at 3659 State Route 598, Crestline. For more details or to make a tax-duductible donation, call 419–683-3228 or visit www.wildlifehaven.org.