Wellington Conservation Center is home to a variety of animals. A majority of our animals are small mammals from South America, but we have animals from all across the world.
Mittens is one of our three Black and White Ruffed lemurs. She just had one baby, Fran, with our male, Mork. They are native to Madagascar and are the loudest of all the lemurs. Unfortunately they are critically endangered and need our help!
Bijou is our adult Red Ruffed Lemur, but we just got a baby girl named Chloe! They are native to Madagascar and are the largest of the lemurs. Unfortunately they are critically endangered and need our help!
Julia and her son Otto are two of our four two-toed sloths. The father is Oliver. Two-toed sloths are very slow moving and are heavily adapted for a life of hanging upside down in a tree. Thankfully they are not endangered, but their habitat is disappearing fast!
Angelina is our wild hog. She is one of the few animals we have that are found to Florida. Wild hogs are rooters and can destroy crops quickly. They are not endangered but people do hunt them.
Lucy is a Vietnamese Pot-bellied pig. They call them that because of the dip in their back, not because of their stomachs. Lucy, however, is a little overweight so she's on a diet.
Felix is one of our three Pale Foxes. Pale fox are indigenous to the deserts of Africa and can go practically their whole lives without drinking water. Thankfully these guys aren't endangered.
K.J. is our 2,000 lb dog. Well he's a bull, but he thinks he's a dog. He's a fan favorite here at WCC because he likes everyone he meets.
Pickles is one of our Prehensile-tailed Brazilian porcupines. Bonnie and Clyde are our two others. This species is both arboreal and nocturnal, so they're active in the trees at night. They don't have strong barbs on their quills but they are still very sharp! Thankfully they are not endangered.
Matilda is our resident Macaw. They are known as some of the largest members of the Macaw family and can live up to 60 years in captivity. In addition, they can develop an extensive vocabulary.
The Pekin Duck is a domesticated breed primarily raised for meat. Their relatives were domesticated around 3000 years ago in China before the current breed was established in New England. We have five of them here!
June-Bug is our female wallaby and her male partner is Wally. They are native to Australia and are marsupials, so they have a pouch! Wallabies are of least concern but many recently perished in the wildfires.
Leo is one of two Capybaras here at the farm. Lulu is our younger female. Capybaras are the world's largest rodent! They are semi-aquatic grazers who typically live in groups of 10-20 individuals. They do everything they can in the water. Thankfully they are not considered endangered.
Jasper is our Crab-eating Raccoon. He is a true rescue, as his previous owner kept him in a small cat carrier until he was two. These raccoons spend their time catching crab in the rivers of South America, as well as climbing in the trees. They are not endangered.
The Mara, or Patagonian Cavy, is the world's 4th largest rodent. They can reach speeds of 18 mph and can jump 6 ft high! We are lucky enough to have two here at the farm. They are near threatened so they need protection!
Cindy is our Cockatoo. She only has one leg from an accident, but that doesn't stop her from having a good time! Cockatoos are native to Australia and South East Asia. The Citron-Crested is critically endangered with less than 600 estimated in the wild.
The Rex Rabbit is a medium breed of rabbit that was originally bred in France for their soft "plush"-like fur. We have more than a few here and they're quite friendly.
The Sulcata Tortoise, or African Spurred, is the largest mainland tortoise in the world. They are from the deserts of Africa and can retain their water very well. They have been known to live up to 150 years! We currently have 5; Tank, Moby, Mo, Minky, and Franklin.
Mocha is our Alpaca. He was saved from a petting zoo in northern Florida after the owner left. Alpacas are native to the mountains of South America and grow very thick fur to stay warm. They do spit, so watch out!
Unique Presentation is our only Hackney Pony. Hackney ponies pull the carts during horse shows. Presentation is 25 years old so she's now retired living her best life.
Mindy is one of our two Kinkajous, the other is Riccou. Kinkajous are part of the raccoon family but mainly eat fruit. They love sugar, so they raid bee hives for honey, which gave them the nickname of Honey Bears. They are both nocturnal and arboreal so not a lot of people see them, but they are not endangered.
Charlie is our Red-footed Tortoise. He's about 8 years old so he's pretty much maxed out at about 12 inches long. The Red-footed Tortoise is native to Northern South America and are a threatened species due to overcollection in the wild.
Raj is our 2 year old Indian Star Tortoise. There are only two species of star tortoises in the world and they are both very beautiful. Unfortunately the Indian Star is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN because of its popularity in the exotic pet trade.
Henrietta is one of our Muscovy Ducks. You've probably seen them all over Florida, but did you know they aren't originally from here? They're native to Central and South America as well as Mexico, but they've established themselves in the Southeastern U.S.
Harry is our Prairie Dog, or Harry Dog if you will. He's the only animal we have right now that is native to the United States. They are found all the way from the Texas-Mexico border to the Montana-Canada border!
Belle is one of our two newest additions to the farm. She is the girl and Taco is our boy. Taco Belle (see what we did there) are Southern Tamanduas or lesser anteaters. They are native to northern South America and feed on ants, termites, and bees. People have been killing them off recently under the false claim they attack dogs, and to use their tails as cordage.