New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy

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The New England Wildlife Center is an informal hands-on science education organization that uses the activities of veterinary medical care and rehabilitation of wildlife like raccoons, reptiles, and birds of prey, and the veterinary care of exotic pets like snakes, lizards, and turtles as a vehicle for learning by elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduate students.  The Center, located in a green, sustainable facility known as the Thomas E. Curtis Wildlife Hospital and Education Facility, is in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

The Center is a community integrated non-profit that serves as the meeting place for science educators, reptile enthusiasts, animal control officers, wildlife caretakers, folk musicians, and habitat based artists.

The Center is home to the Odd Pet Vet, a commercial exotics veterinary practice that treats pets like pigeons, chickens, cockatiels, parakeets, parrots, rabbits, hamsters, hedgehogs, degus, bearded dragons, boa constrictors, pythons, corn snakes, iguanas, skinks, tortoises, turtles and other reptiles. All appointments with the Odd Pet Vet are education based so that the client and students alike can learn the science and biology of their pet.

The Jane Carlee Wildlife Hospital is the Center’s wildlife veterinary care arm that treats 225 species of native and naturalized wildlife that includes humming birds, songbirds, seabirds, raccoons, birds of prey, skunks, snapping turtles, and other wild species.  On-staff veterinarians, veterinary care technicians, wildlife rehabilitators, and high school and undergraduate interns who are engaged in job training internships care for patients.  Internships are a key feature of our science education programs and also of the care of wildlife. An intern’s wildlife care activities are directly linked with educational science seminars and hands-on science investigations of comparative anatomy and physiology, species biology, habitat function, and biodiversity.

The Weezie Nature Center, a subset of the informal science education projects at the Center, hosts a collection of skeletons, taxidermy specimens, and other natural objects.

The green building and nature trails of the Center serve as educational demonstrations and places of investigation of green sustainability and habitat protection.  Center nature trails encompass a vernal pond habitat and connect to trails that extend onto natural areas of local conservation lands in Weymouth and Braintree, Massachusetts.

The Elisabeth Allison Raccoon Study area and the Raccoon Library specialize in artifacts, folklore, natural history, and biology of the native raccoon, Procyon lotor.

Araquon Lodge, also known as the Raccoon Lodge, serves as an in-house theater for the public to view informal science education video casts and other topics relating to the biology of life on earth.

18 Comments to “About”

  1. jac says:

    No phone number on ur website i have a wildlife
    Emergency an can’t contact anyone

  2. stefanie says:


    I have two male hairless rats. Born July of last year, so they are almost 8 months old. I need to find a new home for them. My husband and son are allergic. My husband has severe asthma because of them. We have whittled everything down and they are definitely the problem. I’m devastated but we have no other choice. Please contact me directly if anyone knows of anyone. Thank you, -Stefanie

  3. Beth says:

    I am getting a bearded dragon and heard you have tanks and supplies how would I go about getting them

  4. Colleen says:

 I have a Guinea pig he’s a 1 yr old guinea pig and has a eye infection on one eye I think he poked him self with Timothy hay. so can u tell me any medication or pre subscribed some for us as soon as possible please thank you! 
    I herd u r a Veterinarian am I right? And also and u email me as soon as u can please u don’t want my guinea pig blind! 
                                       Sincerely,  colleen ward 

  5. Britney Morea says:


    I was wondering if Dr. Greg Mertz has a contact email and or phone number I can reach him at. I would like to bring something to his attention and discuss something. :)


  6. I want to college to be a wildlife vet. Today my boyfriend came home with four baby rabbits. The guy that he was working with hit the mom and one of the babies. He wanted to kill the rest of them too. But my boyfriend would not let him. So now i am care for them but can not keep them. I live in west bridgewater ma. Where can i take them. You are to far away.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Laura, There really aren’t many places around. We are the only facility of its kind in metro Boston. However, there is a list of local wildlife rehabbers on this site. You can also visit the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife of MA site for a list. We are open tomorrow at 10 am if that becomes an option for you. Best of luck.

  7. Leanne Brauneis says:

    Hi, I have a red foot tortoise and am concerned about relocation and bringing her along, she does not seem to adjust to climate change or change of any type. I am worried that she may not make the 6.5 hour drive to our new home. I am looking for suggestions on how best to travel with her and make her more comfortable. I do not want to rehome her she is still young and has been a treasured pet.
    I have contacted the nytts to be sure both my sulcata and redfoot are legal to own in nys, but they didn’t offer much advice on transportation. The sulcata will travel on my lap but the redfoot is timid and I am worried. They have both received care in the past from dr. Mertz and are healthy. I just didn’t know if there was any suggestions on comfort to the redfoot

    Thank you,

    • zak says:

      Hello Leanne,

      Turtles are pretty resilient, a 6-10 hour drive is not a prohibitive activity. The best thing you can do will be to keep her in a dark warm covered box with lots of soft bedding for comfort, probably leave the water and food dishes out of the equation during travel. The most important thing is that when you arrive make sure she gets plenty of food and water, maybe some of her favorite treats to encourage her to come out of her shell, no pun intended. Hope this helps and good luck with the move!

      Dr. Mertz

  8. Melissa says:

    I am one of the leaders for troop 85054 in Weymouth, MA. Our troop consists of 10+ girls in grades 3-5. Our girls love science and animals and would love to volunteer/ help out at your organization. Whether you have anything short-term or that can be done throughout the year. we are more than willing to hear about it. Please contact me via the e-mail address provided so we can set something up. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.


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