Joanna Fitzgerald oversees the rehabilitation requirements of injured, orphaned and sick native wildlife cared for at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Since 1994 Joanna has worked to improve the quality of care each animal receives at the wildlife hospital. Educating the public about issues affecting wildlife is vital – to that end Joanna has written a weekly article for the Naples Daily News since 2009. Each article highlights recent patient admissions, causes of injuries and ways people can change their actions and prevent injuries to wildlife.

Joanna interned at zoos in Wisconsin and Illinois, and has extensive experience as a volunteer at the International Crane Foundation. She conducted field research on wood thrush nesting success for the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains, and worked at the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu, England as an Education Officer.


B.S. Zoology, 1991 – University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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