Protecting our water, land, wildlife and future.


The Conservancy Science and Research Department works to enhance our understanding of ecosystems and associated wildlife in Southwest Florida.

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The Conservancy Environmental Policy and Advocacy Department ensures that our local, state and federal leaders have the tools to make informed decisions.

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The Conservancy Environmental Education team at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is active with all ages. 

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Wildlife Hospital

The Wildlife Rehabilitation team works to protect and rehabilitate native wild animals and, when possible, reintroduce them to their natural habitat.

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Latest News

Painted gopher tortoises admitted to hospital

Two gopher tortoises were admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital covered in paint in the same week. While we're sad to see this type of cruelty happen here in Southwest Florida, we're happy to report we have had success removing paint from tortoise shells using a non-toxic soy-based product. Learn More

Otters admitted separately, recover together

The two pups were close in age with one being slightly larger. Both otters were monitored for several days and diagnostic tests were run to check for parasites. It was determined both were in good health and the two pups could be put together in a larger recovery space. Read More

Littering: More dangerous than you think

This is an important one. This barn owl is a great example of how littering is more than just an eyesore. Click the following link to read the full post from Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. Click to read more

Latest Photos

Photos from the Conservancy team

See photographs taken on a daily basis from around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. You'll also see photos from the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, the Science Department, the Education Department, and the Policy Department.