August 24, 2015
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
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
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
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
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.
March 25, 2015
The South Florida Wildlife Center cares for wildlife from all around South Florida. We are incredibly fortunate to have three wildlife rescue ambulances for cases where the injured animal cannot be brought to us or the animal’s condition requires retrieval by an expert in wildlife rescue. Such was the case with an injured pelican brought in by one of our rescue teams after someone reported seeing him in distress.
February 26, 2015
Growing up can be hard to do, especially if you’re a tiny orphaned flying squirrel. But luckily for this baby squirrel, she found her way into the expert hands of our South Florida Wildlife Center nursery staff.
January 28, 2015
This past fall, one of our wildlife rescue ambulances brought in a Great Blue Heron with a severe trauma to one of his wings. It was a worrisome case, not only because of the extent of the injury—the bone was exposed—but also because it was unclear whether the bird would be able to fly again.
November 24, 2014
The South Florida Wildlife Center is equipped with several rescue ambulances to assist with wildlife rescues around South Florida. A few months ago, our team was dispatched to a fishing pier where some lifeguards had found what they thought was an injured Brown Pelican. But it turned out to be a much more surprising rescue than that when it turned out to be a Brown Booby.
October 31, 2014
Pileated woodpeckers are one of the most distinct forest birds in North America. As large as crows, with a bold white stripe down their neck and a flaming red crest, their unique look is hard to miss. Like all woodpeckers, they hunt for food by drilling holes in tree trunks and need to be very adept at flying between, climbing and gripping onto trees. So when a young pileated woodpecker was brought into the South Florida Wildlife Center with broken tail feathers and nails, we were concerned about his ability to feed and fend for himself.