Kangaroos on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
"It's hard to put a name on it," admits Steve Marsh, the president and head curator of the Creature Conservancy. "We've got zoo elements, nature center elements, but a classroom feel. If you figure out an easy way to describe us, let us know."
The conservancy is a nonprofit located on a twenty-three-acre campus kitty-corner from the Washtenaw Farm Council grounds. Its entrance is framed by a windmill and small fenced dog park. Three farm-style buildings house the conservancy's classroom, along with Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital, Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center, and Creature Comforts Bed & Bath. Inside, the sloths--Poco, Annie, and Slo Poke--hang beneath soaring cathedral ceilings. "People come here for years, and don't realize that sloths are above them," says Kim Ellis, conservancy vice president and mammal curator.
In warmer weather, black swans serenely glide across a nearby pond, while parrots perch in an outdoor aviary. Muntjac deer share another aviary with the vultures. In the winter, some birds and animals vacation in an oversized barn; others wait there for habitats to be built for them in the campus's largest facility.