is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
Orphaned bobcat raised at
St. Francis Wildlife
Wildlife rehabilitation involves caring
for sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals with the goal of
returning each into its natural habitat.
At St. Francis Wildlife each animal is
examined, diagnosed and treated through an individually tailored
program of veterinary and hospital care, feeding, medicating,
physical therapy, exercising and pre-release conditioning.
Releases are planned for appropriate weather,
season, habitat and location.
Some animals, of course, are beyond our
help and humanely euthanized. Some unreleasable animals become
valuable members of environmental education programs, others
are sent to zoos.
Aren't we interfering
Some people ask, "Why not let nature take its course?"
But the majority of the sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals
we receive are suffering not because of "natural" occurrences,
but because of human intervention -- some accidental, some intentional,
many preventable: free-roaming pets; collisions with automobiles,
windows, electrical lines, and guy wires; mowers; illegal gun
shots; woodcutters, poisoning; entanglement in discarded fishing
lines; development; and so on. St.Francis Wildlife eases the
suffering of these animals by providing humane care.
St. Francis Wildlife has all necessary permits, from both the
Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission and the U.S.
Fish Wildlife Service, which are required by law to possess