Monday, December 3, 2012

Westmoreland upgrades animal enclosures

On November 19th, Westmoreland Sanctuary completed the installation of 12 new animal enclosures to house their live animal collection.  After 8 months of planning, collaboration, and fabrication, over 100sq ft of custom-designed animal habitats were installed in the Westmoreland Sanctuary nature center to display the variety of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals that call the center their home.
From left to right are Don Watson, FAIA, CIP of EarthRise design, Jay Nelmes of JWorlds Custom Cage Enclosures, and Westmoreland Sanctuary's Resident Director Steve Ricker

Fabricated and hand-delivered from Tennessee by Jay Nelmes of JWorlds Custom Cage Enclosures, each animal habitat was carefully crafted based on the inspiration of the Westmoreland staff and Board of Directors, along with the professional guidance of Don Watson, FAIA, CIP of EarthRise design. 

To celebrate the newest addition to the nature center, Westmoreland Sanctuary will be hosting a grand opening event on Dec 8th at 11am complete with photo opportunities with the animals, face painting, games, educational programming, and food. 

Additional events taking place at Westmoreland include Sand Candles on Dec 1, Colonial Candlemaking on Dec 2, Animals in Winter on Dec 15, Christmas Bird Count on Dec 16, and Feed the Birds! on Dec 22.  Details and RSVP information for all of these events is available at or by calling the office at 914-666-8448.

For those unable to attend a scheduled program, Westmoreland’s nature center and 640-acre wildlife preserve is open to the public daily.  Inquiries for additional information may be directed to Westmoreland Sanctuary at 914-666-8448 or via email to

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