Antler Ridge Farm was purchased by Kelly Corless and husband Jim Simonetti in 2000. The farm is preserved under the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program, protecting its 120 acres against development in perpetuity.
Some of the preserved farmland has been restored to its original farming fields, while the remainder is maintained as a wildlife sanctuary. The loss of habitat in New Jersey has put a tremendous strain on native wildlife populations. Under the guidance of agencies including the New Jersey Audubon Society, Tree Farm Stewardship and Ridge and Valley Conservancy, conservation efforts are implemented to maintain and nurture the flora and fauna native to our area.
In 2001, Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary was licensed as a New Jersey rehabilitation center, and in 2008 became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are supported exclusively by public donations and grants. We have no paid staff and are 100% volunteer-run, providing care for our wildlife patients 7 days per week, all year round.
All animals received at ARWS are provided ongoing care from admission through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and discharge. Each step of the process is critical to the goal of successful release while maintaining human safety and preventing human imprinting.
COST OF WILDLIFE REHAB PER ANIMAL
WILDLIFE & NATURAL LAND CONSERVATION
Wildlife species native to northern New Jersey have been stressed due to development of large tracts of land and deforestation for housing developments, malls and golf courses. ARWS believes we all must do our part to help preserve habitat for these animals. We encourage the public to help save natural land parcels by supporting local and national conservation programs. An act as small as creating a backyard wildlife habitat can provide a healthy ecosystem for wildlife to thrive.