800 Genoa Ave NW, Massillon, OH 44646
Open to the public for wildlife rehabilitation services.

The Wildlife Conservation Center is located inside the west entrance of Sippo Lake Park, off of Genoa Ave. NW. The center is dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation services and is a licensed Category 2 facility. State and federal permits allow our experienced staff to care for 1,700 injured and orphaned native wild animals each year. With assistance from local veterinarians who volunteer their services, the staff releases over 55% of the animals they care for. The center also houses non-releasable live wildlife used as educational program ambassadors. In accordance with state regulations, all wild animals accepted for rehabilitation become the property of the State of Ohio. 

Please call 330.477.0448 before bringing an injured animal, if the center is not open follow the voicemail instructions.  Animals should never be left outside the center door or dropped off.

Hours of Operation:

May to October, Monday - Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

November to April, Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wildlife Conservation Center Building Update:

Harris/Day Architects was contracted to design an environmentally sound building to house a new, state-of-the-art Wildlife Conservation Center. The current center has been retro-fitted for electric and lacks indoor plumbing to house the clinical facilities necessary to treat the injured and orphaned native animals brought in by Stark County residents each year along with our wildlife educational team. 

Wildlife Conservation Center RendereingThe new Wildlife Conservation Center will allow Stark Parks to provide a more technologically-advanced facility, one that will provide more modern care for native wildlife. It will allow for exhibits with live native animals as they are seen in nature and interpreting and teaching the community how to live in harmony with the natural environment. Natural history and conservation education along with distance learning opportunities will be open to the public.

The Friends of Stark Parks created an endowment fund in 2008 at the Stark Community Foundation to help support the Wildlife Conservation Center building. Anyone interested in supporting the Wildlife Conservation Center Fund may donate to this endowment or directly to Friends of Stark Parks. Your gift to this endowment will provide for the rehabilitation and conservation education center and the perpetual care of the animals by the dedicated staff and volunteers. A planned gift will create a living legacy for you and your family.

To learn more about donating to the endowment or to contribute to the building fund, please call 330.477.3552.