Caring for wildlife is a central focus of EcoTarium's mission. Most of the animals in our care have been injured or raised in a captive environment and are not equipped with the skills needed to survive in the wild. Some are unable to fly. Others are unable to hunt their own food or to do other important daily activities of a wild animal.
The EcoTarium offers these animals permanent homes where they are ensured to get the food, medical treatment and daily care they need to continue to have a good quality of life.
Animals come to the museum from a variety of sources, including the Tufts University Wildlife Clinic, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, or other wildlife and conservation organizations.
Currently, the museum is home to a number of animals, including a red fox, river otters, bald eagles, owls, snakes, turtles, small native mammals, and more. The presence of these animals throughout the museum and grounds allows Wildlife staff and trained Educators to illustrate relationships between wildlife and people through programming and exhibits.
Animals living at the EcoTarium are also the focus of popular and educational museum programs including Keeper Chats, informal programming and animal encounters.
Exhibits such as Freshwater Ecosystems provide recreated wetland habitats for amphibians, reptiles, and mammals like the opossum, while allowing the public an opportunity to see and understand how different species interact within New England's ponds, swamps, bogs and marshes.