It’s Wildlife Week and The Wildlife Center of Venice has a special
bonus. In 2018 we rescued 5,000 animals in South West Florida. We get no direct government support. We need YOU to help us. If you donate a suggested $25.00 or more between 2/26 and
3/30 you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two special
Wildlife Walks with our Director Pam DeFouw. A Picnic Lunch and a Wildlife walk. What could be better? Check out our drawing rules here.
“There may be days when I can’t help an animal in need, but the day will never come that I won’t try.”
That sentiment, written by Paul Oxton, environmentalist and animal activist in Africa, also exemplifies the feelings, attitude, and credo of Wildlife Center of Venice…a goal we strive to live up to every day. In that spirit and in recognition of National Wildlife Week, we would like to highlight some of the wonderful creatures we are blessed with here in Florida and some of the challenges they and we face in protecting and preserving them. We appreciate all of the help and support we receive in that quest.
Where are we now?
A report from the “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission”, updated in December 2018 shows that the state of Florida has 144 species that are listed as “threatened” or “endangered” by either the state or federal government. These include 15 Fish, 4 amphibians, 25 reptiles, 31 birds, 33 mammals and 36 invertebrates. The full report can be found at https://myfwc.com/media/1945/threatened-endangered-species.pdf
Of those 144 species, the Wildlife Center of Venice works primarily with the bird and mammal categories (64 total) and has received and treated the following:
Audubon’s Crested Caracara
Florida Burrowing Owl
Little Blue Heron
Florida Sandhill Crane
These are in addition to the multiple bird (both native and migratory) and mammal species that are not officially listed as threatened or endangered and make up the bulk of our workload!
In our recognition of National Wildlife Week, we will profile (several) of the species on this list that the WCV has had as rescues/patients.