Urban Jungle

The South Florida Wildlife Center is saving lives 365 days a year through rescue, clinic triage, state-of-the-art diagnostics, expert veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and release.
Words by Yoshi Sanz | October 27, 2022 | Lifestyle

Saving the life of an animal is just the first step in the rehabilitation process for injured and orphaned wildlife at the South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC); where the staff provides specialized therapy and treatment to support an animal’s full recovery in preparation for release back into their natural habitat. Their nursery team provides neonatal-like care for orphaned animals, and their habitats are designed to facilitate conditioning so that upon release, the wild patients leave in the healthiest condition possible. The goal is to release rehabilitated wild animals back to their natural habitats; including the re-nesting of baby animals with their parents and facilitating releases after full recovery from injuries. About 90% of the animals who come into the center suffer from injuries that are the result of negative interactions with people. SFWC works to educate the community about wildlife and how each of us can peacefully co-exist with our wild neighbors. In addition, they are a teaching hospital that provides an intern/extern program for veterinary students, future rehabilitators and others looking to pursue a career in any of the life sciences;