Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek

By Andy Whisenant on April 28, 2011 at 11:40 am EST

Get up close and personal with California’s wildlife at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. More than 50 non-releasable native California animals are on exhibit for visitors to enjoy. Daily activities at the museum include a petting circle, a live animal encounters show and other demonstrations. The museum hosts school groups, Scouts, birthday parties, and even adults for educational programs about animal preservation. Founded in the 1950s by local businessman Alexander Lindsay, the wildlife museum is committed to animal education, rescue and preservation.

The museum also runs a nationally recognized wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center that cares for more than 5,000 injured and orphaned animals every year, many of which are brought in from concerned citizens. Services at the hospital are completely free and are supported through private donations.   The wildlife museum is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the summer months. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children 17 years old and younger. Museum members and children younger than two enjoy free admission every day. The wildlife hospital is open daily to receive patients.

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