Mission: The south florida wildlife center's (sfwc) mission is protecting wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, and education. The sfwc has been the trusted resource for wildlife in the geographically diverse and expansive tri-county region of miami-dade, broward, and palm beach, 365 days a year since 1969.
Programs: In 2014, sfwc admitted over 12,000 animals spanning more than 255 different species, solidly remaining one of the largest wildlife trauma hospitals, teaching facilities, and rehabilitation centers in the nation in animals treated. The sfwc's staff of sixty professionals, including three licensed veterinarians, three licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and a corps of animal care and rescue specialists, provided an array of lifesaving veterinary and rehabilitation services to wildlife in need. Ambulance staff and trained volunteers covered more than 7,000 miles a month while daily performing field rescues of injured, orphaned and imperiled animals. Surgeons restored mobility and function to injured wildlife, while professional rehabilitative care in enriched, species-specific habitats allowed the best possible circumstances.
the center annually hosts students from the around the world offering intensive veterinarian and veterinarian technician training programs exposing them to hundreds of species while enhancing their abilities to help wildlife worldwide. Workshops, presentations and wetlabs offer other students, volunteers, and the public means to better understand wildlife. Every public interaction offers educational opportunities such as successful efforts to re-nest and reunite juvenile wildlife separated from parents. Field staff engage the publlic during rescues to share advice on living with our wild neighbors.
I visit this center and take injured, orphaned, abused wildlife in every chance I get. I have also attended educational lectures there. It is an amazing place with an incredibly dedicated staff of workers and volunteers. They are able to give any animal the very best of care and attention and time to heal. They then release back to nature (where animal was found) In January I was able to go to the release of a hawk I had rescued before thanksgiving - it was amazing to see another hawk fly over within minutes - to greet his returned friend ! Love this place