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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of Back to Nature Wildlife, Inc. is to rescue, raise, rehabilitate, and release injured or orphaned native wildlife species and to provide public education about respecting and preserving the environment through our non-releaseable permanent residents, known as "educational ambassadors".

Target demographics: Injured and orphaned wildlife

Geographic areas served: the Central Florida Area

Programs: Though our main focus is the rehabilitation and release of injured or orphaned wildlife, Back to Nature also offers the opportunity for self guided tours of the facility for a $5 per person donation. We also offer guided tours for groups of ten or more, educational activities for children and adults and off-site education opportunities with our many educational ambassadors. Tours can be scheduled by calling our office at 407-568-5138

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only is Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge an amazing animal rescue, rehabilitation and release organization, but their efforts to educate the community about local wildlife, conservation and our environment is outstanding! From local festivals to educational classes and field trips, the refuge is a "must-see", especially if you have little ones!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge is an amazing nonprofit! They do great things here. I'm always so impressed every time I visit or attend one of their events. My kids also love visiting. The animals are well loved and the employees are very knowledgeable about each and every animal. My kids learn something new each time they visit. Not only is it a fun activity to do with the kiddos but also very educational. Keep up the good work!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Back to Nature for the past 12 years. The staff of people that operate this program are the most passionate and dedicated group I have ever met. They have grown this refuge from a small plot of land next to a junkyard to a big, beautiful facility out near Moss Park. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the refuge, you are missing out on one of Florida's greatest adventures. Take the beautiful drive out to the facility and enjoy seeing the wide array of animals that the Back to Nature team have successfully rehabilitated. You will walk away with a whole new appreciation for our native wildlife.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization who is passionate about rehabilitating wildlife. They have an excellent staff and volunteer base.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Back to nature staff and volunteers tirelessly work to rehabilitate injured wildlife so that they are able to be released back into the wild. They also tried to educate visitors and children on the benefits of preserving our wildlife resources.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Back To Nature is a wonderful organization with an amazing staff and volunteer group. They put an incredible amount of heart and passion into their mission of rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing over 3,000 animals each year, which is a 24/7 responsibility. On top of this mission, they also serve as a permanent home to the animals that are unable to be released back to the wild due to their injuries. These animals serve as educational ambassadors that Back to Nature uses to educate the public about Florida's native wildlife. Visitors can see these educational ambassadors up close by visiting the refuge and taking a stroll along it's wildlife walk. Community involvement is also important to the organization and they hold many events each year that are designed to bring the community out to the refuge for a variety of fun and family-oriented activities. They even host a farmers market each Saturday morning. Back To Nature is an excellent choice for a local weekend outing! I am lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer for such an amazing group!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge rescues over 3,000 animals per year. They teach the community how to interact with nature and about nature. There are animal ambassadors that people can visit and learn about. An amazing organization, well loved by the community, with very dedicated staff and volunteers! Well worth a visit!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Back to Nature is an amazing organization. The dedicated staff and volunteers are absolutely devoted to rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and release injured and orphaned Florida native wildlife. They have a great variety of non-releasable animals known as educational ambassadors that help educate the community about our native wildlife. Take a stroll down the wildlife walk and you can see and learn about other species such as ring-tailed lemurs and even an arctic fox. What a great place to visit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Dedicated staff and volunteers do an excellent job rehabilitating and releasing wildlife and educating the community about wildlife. They have a fabulous facility located on over 200 acres of conservation land. Where can you go to see a bobcat up close? You can here, they have 2! You can see the animal ambassadors (non-releasable wildlife residents) in their habitats, learn about wildlife, hike to Lake Hart or on the numerous trails on surrounding properties- Eagles Roost and Split Oak. Very family friendly and the kids will love it! I admire their dedication.

1 kimkapes

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Working with animals including exotics for the last 10 years has allowed me to see a wide range of facilities. Back To Nature is one of the top facilities that I have come across in the state of Florida. Their dedication is unsurpassed in the rehab field. There facility is top notch.