Conservancy of Southwest Florida
von Arx Wildlife Hospital
Approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital each year. Most of those injuries stem from interactions that involve humans - including car strikes, domestic pet attacks, window collisions, fishing line and hook injuries, gunshots, and toxicosis. Providing medical care to injured 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.
Wildlife patients must have limited exposure to humans in order to survive when they return to the wild. However, humans are the key to the prevention of wildlife injuries. To teach prevention tips, several wildlife exhibit areas are open to the public.
VON ARX WILDLIFE VIEWING PAVILION
Meet our animal ambassadors in the von Arx Wildlife Viewing Pavilion! Learn common causes of injury to wildlife and ways you can help prevent injury to the wildlife we love in Southwest Florida! You can meet Aquila the bald eagle and Horatio the red-tailed hawk!
NURSERY VIEWING WINDOW
Conservancy guests can take a peek inside the von Arx Wildlife Hospital through the wildlife nursery one-way glass viewing window. At times, you may glimpse the hospital team caring for our youngest, most fragile patients. Just like a human hospital, wildlife patients need lots of peace, quiet and rest to recuperate so that they can return home.
SAPAKIE WILDLIFE EXHIBITS
Come inside to see the new interactive exhibits to learn more about the animals that are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. Junior Vets will love meeting Dr. Ollie Owl for a variety of hands-on activities. Pre-K visitors, especially, will love putting on a lab coat, grabbing a stethoscope and exploring the hall. Everyone will enjoy our brief film about a day in the life inside the wildlife hospital.
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.
Learn more about the work of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital