Up the 405 on the outskirts of a sleepy Sylmar suburb are six of the most adorable porcupines you will ever meet. Adorable? Porcupines? You heard me. In my opinion, porcupines have gotten a bad rap. I think it stems from the rumor that they can shoot out their quills (False, by the way). One trip to the Wildlife Learning Center, though, and I guarantee that you will fall head over heels in love with the prickly little critters. Aww, just look at this guy:
wax on, wax off
The WLC is an animal lover's dream come true. Here are some of the things you can do during your visit:
pet a darling fennec fox
feel the cool scales of a snake around your shoulders
come face to face with a sleepy-eyed sloth
feed a porcupine (his name is Walter, and he will melt your heart)
hold a tawny owl
pet a nervous prairie dog
get up close and personal with a serval wildcat
The Wildlife Learning Center offers three tours. We opted for the 1-on-1 Animal Experience, a 1.5 hour tour which was led by a friendly WLC biologist. The tour costs $100 for the whole group and can accommodate up to four people. We brought along our friends Christine and Adam, which made it an even $25 per person.
The center also sells general admission tickets for $6 ($5 for children and seniors, kids under 2 free), but I would highly recommend paying the extra money for a tour, which ranges from $10 to $25 per person. With general admission, you can only admire the animals outside of their cages, whereas on the tours you can go into their enclosures.
The WLC houses over 70 different species of rescued and zoo-born wildlife and provides outreach programs for the public. They are even available for birthday parties!
Have you been to the Wildlife Learning Center? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!