In the early 1980s, Dauset Trails was primarily a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife. The animals were mainly native to the area and could not be released due to the severity of injuries. These animals were given exhibits for protection and display and gradually grew to become the Animal Trail. The Animal Trail winds about half a mile through the woods rounding a small lake. It is easily accessible by foot, strollers, and wheelchairs. These animals are used to teach students of all ages the importance of each species and its role in our ever-changing world.
It is amazing how so many birds of prey are accidentally hit by vehicles. This happens mostly on rural back roads, highways and sometimes interstate roads. Some hawks have crashed through windows of residential and commercial buildings. Some fall from nests.
Oftentimes, baby animals hiding in brushy areas are mistaken for orphans by well-meaning citizens. Fawns are frequently “helped” out by the public because the doe was not seen nearby. Sometimes a doe will leave her young hidden up to one day to search for better habitat.
Dauset Trails occasionally takes in animals that cannot be released and many calls are forwarded to local rehabbers and Noah’s Ark, in Locust Grove, Georgia, to care for the majority of injured and orphaned wildlife.
If reptiles are your main squeeze, then stop by the “Wonder Room” located in the back of the Visitor’s Center on the ground level and discover live alligators, turtles, lizards and venomous and non-venomous snakes native.
Now, if farm animals such as horses, mules, cows, goats, chickens and more excite your fancy, then mosey over to our barnyard exhibit and see all of the above. Or, if you like aquatic animals, we have a variety to see in the small lake behind the Visitors Center. You can buy food to feed the ducks, geese, big catfish, bream, and assorted turtles that live there.