Wildlife Rehabilitation

Approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals are admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital each year. Most of those injuries stem from interactions that involve humans - including car strikes, domestic pet attacks, window collisions, fishing line and hook injuries, gunshots, and toxicosis.

Colleen Durham Baby Otter Wildlife Hospital 2019

What We Do

Providing medical care to injured wildlife has been a priority of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida since 1979. Caring citizens rescue bobcats, deer, pelicans, herons, gopher tortoises and many other species of native animals and drop them off at the Conservancy for treatment. The wildlife rehabilitation team and a group of dedicated volunteers provide supportive care with the goal of releasing as many “patients” as possible back to their natural habitats.

If you find injured or orphaned native wildlife, contact the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida at 239-262-CARE (2273) 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Eastern Time seven days a week.

With an increase in patients to more than 4,000 animals admitted each year, our process for checking the status of animal’s dropped off at the hospital has changed. Our staff must focus on providing the highest quality, individualized treatment to each patient. Therefore, we will not be able to provide health status updates. We sincerely appreciate your concern regarding the animal you brought to the hospital. Please know providing quality care to every animal admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital continues to be our top priority. Thank you for understanding and for helping wildlife in need.

We Help 3,800 Animals a Year


The von Arx Wildlife Hospital receives no government funding to support operating expenses. It is supported almost entirely by individuals who care.

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