Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 04:44 PM EDT
The Western North Carolina Nature Center provides a one-of-a-kind adventure. It's where visitors can experience animals and plants native to the southern Appalachian region.
All 143 animals who live at the WNC Nature Center have been humanized, orphaned or injured and rehabilitated. They will never be released into the wild. Their mission now is to educate visitors about native animals and of course delight the visitors in the process.
The WNC Nature Center says the river otter exhibit is their most popular attraction. They also say they expect more visitors than last year.