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von Arx Wildlife Hospital - Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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1495 Smith Preserve Way
Naples, Florida 34102

239.262.CARE (2273)


von Arx Wildlife Hospital - Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Providing medical care to injured native wildlife has been a priority of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida since 1979. Caring citizens rescue bobcats, deer, pelicans, herons, gopher tortoises and many other species of native animals and drop them off at the Conservancy for treatment. The wildlife rehabilitation team and a group of dedicated volunteers provide supportive care with the goal of releasing as many “patients” as possible back to their natural habitats.

Public areas include a recently opened a new wildlife exhibit hall and wildlife viewing pavilion, where guests can learn how to prevent injury to Southwest Florida’s wildlife. Also, guests can observe baby animals from a nursery viewing area with one-way glass and learn about animal care during certain hours of the day. Access hours are limited to reduce stress on the recovering animals, many of who are in critical condition.

Private areas of the 5,000 square foot Sharon and Dolph von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida includes an intake room for diagnoses and triage, special treatment areas and a sterile surgery room. The hospital also features four separate wings to reduce stress on the animals and improve their chances for release – one for mammals, one for birds, one for reptiles and the nursery for baby animals.

For advanced medical care, we utilize the services of an onsite veterinarian. In certain specialty cases, we have relied on several area veterinarians who have consistently volunteered their time and talent to assist these patients. After initial treatment, most animals are moved to special recovery areas or outdoor enclosures away from human contact. A few severely injured animals that are unable to survive in the wild have become permanent residents and are ambassadors in our educational programs.

The Wildlife Hospital Team runs a blog that tells stories about rescue, recovery and release on the Conservancy website:

If you find injured or orphaned native wildlife, contact the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida at 239-262-CARE (2273) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Eastern time seven days a week.

The von Arx Wildlife Hospital receives no government funding and relies on gifts of time, talent and treasure to operate. To donate or volunteer your time, visit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida website.





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