The Butterfly House is open Wednesday through Sunday 11am-4pm weather permitting. For inclement weather please call ahead. The Butterfly House is closed Monday & Tuesday and will remain closed after October 1st.
Injured & Orphaned Rabbits
The Tenafly Nature Center does not take injured or orphaned wildlife!
An animal’s best chance of survival is in the care of its own mother.
If your circumstance requires you to handle it, always wear protective gloves
and place a towel over it to reduce stress. Always take extreme caution
with wild animals. They may harbor diseases and try to defend
themselves when fearful.
Always be overly cautious of an animal you suspect is sick and in this scenario,
keep yourself, children, and pets at a far distance, and
contact animal control immediately.
Have you found a rabbit?
Rabbits will often raise their young right on the ground (sometimes in a small depression called a form) covered by a thin layer of grass or leaves, so their nests are easily discovered by both people and pets. A mother rabbit is likely nearby in a bush keeping watch. Because rabbits have little defenses, mothers do not stay with their young as it would attract predators. Instead, they leave their young for hours while eating, but they do return to the nest and nurse their babies at dawn and dusk. Please do not move or disturb the babies. If you accidentally kicked open a nest of baby rabbits it is best if you still just replace the top of the nest that you uncovered and leave. The mother will not return as long as you are present but after you leave the mother will return and care for the young. Do not attempt to care for the babies yourself. Rabbits are one of the most difficult wild animals to be reared by humans. Simply the stress of being taken from their outdoor home can cause them to die. For more information on rabbits in the wild please visit the New Jersey House Rabbit Society.
Take time to assess the situation. Are they really orphaned? If so, take them to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
How to Transport a Rescued Animal to the Wildlife Rehabilitator:
Local Wildlife Rehabilitators Accepting Rabbits
Wildlife Freedom Inc.
781 Ringwood Ave.
The advice expressed on this page is to be utilized at your own discretion. Laws regarding wildlife may differ between counties.