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Wildlife Protection and Rehabilitation
The remarkable and diverse populations of our native wildlife are vulnerable to the effects of unsustainable development. Birds, mammals and reptiles succumb to habitat loss and fragmentation, contaminated food and water sources, domestic pet attacks and collisions with boats and automobiles.
The Conservancy works to protect and rehabilitate many of the 100 threatened or listed species in Florida in a variety of ways. Our scientists conduct regular research on wildlife and their habitats. Policy staff works to ensure plans are in place to balance smart growth with preserving our natural resources. Our education team teaches others about the importance of the wildlife in our everyday lives. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida treats over 3,000 of injured, orphaned or sick native animals on an annual basis..
The Conservancy Wildlife Clinic has moved into the new Sharon and Dolph von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Over 3,000 injured, orphaned and sick animals are treated annually in the von Arx wildlife Hospital and about half are released back into their native habitats. Read more
Click here for 14 tips on keeping wildlife safe.
Click here on the dangers of feeding wild animals.
The Conservancy is actively pursuing a study to determine how many of these elusive creatures may exist today. Read more
The Endangered Florida Panther
The Florida panther population is dwindling fast – there are only about 100 left.
Sea Turtle Protection
For over 27 years, this long-running Conservancy study of monitoring nesting sea turtles has helped save over 250,000 sea turtle hatchlings. Read more
Gopher Tortoise Monitoring
Over 70 gopher tortoises reside in the Christopher B. Smith Preserve at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Conservancy Volunteer Susan Snyder developed an informative web-based field guide about the Smith Preserve. View it by clicking on the button below.