Wildlife Learning Center Sylmar
Where is it at?
Wildlife Learning Center
16027 Yarnell St. Sylmar CA 91342
Tel: 818 362 8711
There is street parking in the area.
Where are we going today?
The Wildlife Learning Center is a great place for kids to get up close to rescued and zoo-born animals, understand their story, their behavior, habitats, and most importantly how they should be treated. And they're cute!
Over 70 species call this center home, from around the world. It's always fun to walk around and try and guess where they call home before you have a look! Do you think you would be able to tell?
The center is also more than a zoo - here they can enjoy a shady, natural environment rather than concrete enclosures. So in other words, they are very happy animals!
Kids can learn all about how the animals were used as illegal pets, or injured to the point they sadly can't return home into the wild.
The center aims to teach visitors the value of conservation as they try and raise funds for wildlife education, so it's also a great cause!
They have a whole heap of cute and adorable animals, including the mischievous lynx, sweet arctic foxes and cute kinkajous - one of our favorites!
On the hour across the afternoon, their knowledgable and friendly staff offer fascinating and fun training talks, where kids can get up close and interactive with some cute critters!
If you want the animals to help celebrate your birthday, they hold parties where you and your friends can actually hang out with some furry friends, and even pat them! And if that's not cool enough, kids aged 5 - 9 can join their summer camps where you even have the chance to be a REAL zookeeper! Pretty awesome!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (Under 13)
- Free Under: 2
When can we go?
7 Days a week, 11am - 5pm
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving
The lovely staff and their furry friends are happy to come to schools to give a 1 hour assembly talk about the animals themselves, survival, and the importance to the ecosystem! Oh, and some of the friends they bring might not be furry - the might be scaly! .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget your camera!.
Doing our bit
The center is non profit, so all the money raised by the admissions are put straight back into caring for these beautiful creatures!.
Need a little extra help?
If you do have special needs, just give them a call to check what help they can give you!.
Can I get one of those?
You might not be able to take one of the cute animals home, but you can pick from shirts, hats, mugs, magnets, and other fun items! .
What people are saying?
by Kimmy Yacharn
My boyfriend surprised me with a Porcupine and Furry-Trio encounter and I absolutely loved it! Being able to feed the porcupines alone made my day.
It's not that big of a space but kids love it, admission is cheap, paying for the special encounters are totally worth it and the employees are very informative and friendly.
The animals look well kept and well fed too. I'm all for non-profits to help the animals, go Wildlife!
by Enrique Mendoza
This place is amazing. If you ever want to get close to certain animals you would normally not able to see up close, this is the place to go. We came here mainly for Lola the sloth. You can view Lola when she is in her enclosure but you can also purchase special VIP tours that let you get inside the enclosure. We opted to get the VIP tour and man was it worth it. We got to see being feed and we even got to pet her. The center also has a many other animals, like turtles, eagles, hawks, porcupines, foxes, and reptiles. This place is not big...Read More
by Stephanie Hindes
This place is pretty cool. It's just the right size for little kids. The employees were nice and took out a bunch of cool reptiles for us to touch and look at close up.
The only thing I would change is the hours. They are open from 11 to 4, which is right in the middle of nap time. I will not be going back until my youngest stops taking naps because he was very tired and cranky when we went.
by Kate Weiskopf
This was a neat little place. It is kind of quirky because it is in the middle of a really nice neighborhood in Sylmar (something I was not expecting). It is not, however, an all day event like the zoo might be. It is TINY. That's not a bad thing. In fact, what they do is really good--they help animals. It was a neat little place, but I went with a friend who had a voucher. If I was asked if I would pay the full price to get in though, my answer would have to be no.
by Katherine Clark
Amazing place to go and see rescued animals up close. The eagle is jaw dropping. Very friendly and informative staff too.
by Enrique Mendoza
This place is amazing. If you ever want to get close to certain animals you would normally not able to see up close, this is the place to go. We came here mainly for Lola the sloth. You can view Lola when she is in her enclosure but you can also purchase special VIP tours that let you get inside the enclosure. We opted to get the VIP tour and man was it worth it. We got to see being feed and we even got to pet her. The center also has a many other animals, like turtles, eagles, hawks, porcupines, foxes, and reptiles. This place is not big by any standards but it is focused on what it wants to present you and does it well.