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  • July 23, 2018

    The South Florida Wildlife Center saves five kittens who were dumped in a sealed container on its property

    On Saturday, July 21, with temperatures over 90 degrees, a closed foam cooler containing five kittens was dumped outside of the entry gate of the South Florida Wildlife Center while the facility was open. When discovered by center staff, the kittens were panting, shaking and highly agitated. They were bathed in sweat and had high temperatures. The South Florida Wildlife Center medical team is working to stabilize and treat them – four males and one female.

  • September 7, 2017

    Nation’s highest-volume wildlife hospital, trauma center and rehabilitation facility prepares for Hurricane Irma

    With Hurricane Irma heading to Florida, SFWC, the nation’s highest-volume wildlife hospital, trauma center and rehabilitation facility, is making plans to protect more than 350 adult and nursery patients in its care, encompassing about 60 species. These include songbirds, seabirds, ducks, geese, squirrels, turtles and tortoises, woodpeckers, warblers, owls, opossums and more.

  • February 1, 2017

    Humane Backyard: Tangled Tale

    Kind News magazine, Feb/Mar 2017

    Trash carelessly thrown on the ground or in the water can be hazardous for wildlife.

  • November 21, 2016

    Debra Parsons-Drake named executive director of South Florida Wildlife Center

    Debra Parsons-Drake has been named executive director of South Florida Wildlife Center. The center, which provides lifesaving care to more than 13,000 wild animals annually, is operated in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States.

  • October 2, 2015

    A Special Surprise: Eastern Screech Owls Rescued and Renested

    Kind News magazine, Oct/Nov 2015

    Baby eastern screech owls rescued after their nest is destroyed are successfully renested by staffers at South Florida Wildlife Center.

  • August 24, 2015

    SFWC Continues to See High Number of Botulism Cases in Birds

    You’ve probably heard of botulism, and know it’s a dangerous toxin, but did you know that it can affect wildlife? At the South Florida Wildlife Center hospital we’re acutely aware of this as we continue to see a steady stream of ducks and other wild birds suffering from the effects of this neurotoxin, which is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

  • July 27, 2015

    SFWC Helps a Young Hawk Get Back on His Feet

    Baby birds fall out of their nests. Many times a parent is nearby and they are able to make it back home, a little shaken, but otherwise fine. But other times, for a number of reasons, they have to be rescued. For two baby Red-shouldered Hawks in such a circumstance, South Florida Wildlife Center’s ambulance and skillful staff quickly came to the rescue.

  • June 26, 2015

    SFWC Nursery Handles Large Influx of Baby Opossums

    In the world of wildlife, spring and summer months mean baby season. So, needless to say, our South Florida Wildlife Center nursery has been extremely busy over the past few months.

  • May 19, 2015

    Black-crowned Night-Heron Makes Full Recovery at SFWC

    When a Black-crowned Night-Heron was brought to the SFWC wildlife hospital with a badly injured wing, veterinarians found his treatment especially challenging. Not only would the small size of the fractured bone and the threat of infection from a wound over the fracture complicate healing, there was the additional challenge of ensuring this shy, delicate bird was able to eat and heal despite the stress of captivity.

  • April 28, 2015

    Ring-billed Gull Recovers from Two Fractured Wings at SFWC

    South Florida Wildlife Center is incredibly lucky to have multiple, extremely talented, veterinarians on our staff. And with one of our most recent patients—a Ring-billed Gull—having more than one veterinarian on staff proved essential to this patient’s recovery.

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