Sharon and Dolph von Arx Wildlife Hospital
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.
The original Conservancy Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic was originally built to handle 500 injured and orphaned animals, but was actually treating over 3,000 animals per year at an annual cost in excess of $300,000. The new 5,000 square foot Sharon and Dolph von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida is now open and includes an intake room for diagnoses and triage, special treatment areas and a sterile surgery room. Two "wildlife babies" programs are also conducted daily in the nursery area of the Wildlife Hospital.
Guests to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital can also visit the viewing window, where they will be able to watch staff provide care for the animals.
You can view the renderings of the new von Arx Wildlife Hospital here.
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For advanced medical care, we have relied on several area veterinarians who have consistently volunteered their time and talent to assist these patients. Thanks to a generous endowment, we will now have a full time veterinarian. 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.
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.
Our wildlife rehabilitation facilities receive no government funding to support operating expenses. It is supported almost entirely by individuals who care. If you wish to contribute, please click to DONATE.