KEY WEST WILDLIFE CENTER

The Key West Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable tax exempt organization. We provide care to over 1000 native animals a year. Our mission is to ensure the future of our diverse native wildlife by providing timely rescues and quality rehabilitation with the hope of release back to the wild."

We received a call about a Double-crested Cormorant in distress in the waters of the South Roosevelt Blvd. sea wall in Key West this morning. When we arrived we found the bird swimming near the sea wall with fishing line trailing behind it. We were able to make the rescue and get the bird back to our center. The hook was removed, the wound treated, and the Cormorant will be able to go back to the wild. Note the striking color patterns of an adult in full mating plumage!

Ralph Capone of Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys discovered six Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings during a routine excavation of a nest in Key West this morning. The nest had already hatched and according to FWC protocol 72 hours later ralph excavated it to gather crucial nesting data. Ralph found these 6 turtles at a 16” depth and realized they had not made it out during the initial hatching. He was able to transport them to the Key West Wildlife Center where we held them until sunset tonight. They were released after dark and all swam strongly in the water. Great job Save-A-Turtle in saving the lives of these baby turtles and alllowing them a chance to make it!

Happy to report the release of a juvenile male Brown Pelican this morning at Boca Chica beach. The Pelican was originally rescued 6/17 at Ibis Bay in Key West entangled in fishing hooks and line. The Brown Pelican was extremely weak and dehydrated, unable to stand. After a long recovery, he was returned to the wild this morning. It is always great to be able to get an entangled bird released after rehabilitation!

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Please mark your calender and come out to support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program at Mangia Mangia on August 25th!

Come out and have some great pasta for a local cause…

keywestwildlifecenter:

Please mark your calender and come out to support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program at Mangia Mangia on August 25th!

Come out and have some great pasta for a local cause…

Great news to report: Local Tom Favelli brought this Least Sandpiper to the Key West Wildlife Center after he found it in distress on Higgs Beach in Key West 8/17. The bird could not stand and was in critical condition. It has now recovered enough to stand on its own and we are guarded but hopeful for eventual release back to the wild. Thanks Tom!

Great news to report: Local Tom Favelli brought this Least Sandpiper to the Key West Wildlife Center after he found it in distress on Higgs Beach in Key West 8/17. The bird could not stand and was in critical condition. It has now recovered enough to stand on its own and we are guarded but hopeful for eventual release back to the wild. Thanks Tom!

Our Wish list for the Key West Wildlife Center….

Our Wish list for the Key West Wildlife Center….

Come out and support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program on monday 8/25 at Mangia Mangia!

Come out and support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program on monday 8/25 at Mangia Mangia!

Join us tuesday August 26th at the Lazy Gecko for a fundraiser benefiting the Key West Wildlife Center and Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys. Hope to see you there!

Join us tuesday August 26th at the Lazy Gecko for a fundraiser benefiting the Key West Wildlife Center and Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys. Hope to see you there!

Thanks to the Staff at Key West Key Lime Pie Company on Greene Street in Old Town for rescuing this White-crowned Pigeon fledgling from heavy foot and vehicle traffic this evening: Maresa Sanchez, Ja’Taure’ Mathis, Helena Contreras, and Tracy Pitcher all helped get this bird to safety. It is only in the last two years that we have had these rare birds nesting in Key West and thanks to you all for looking out for its safety!

Thanks to the Staff at Key West Key Lime Pie Company on Greene Street in Old Town for rescuing this White-crowned Pigeon fledgling from heavy foot and vehicle traffic this evening: Maresa Sanchez, Ja’Taure’ Mathis, Helena Contreras, and Tracy Pitcher all helped get this bird to safety. It is only in the last two years that we have had these rare birds nesting in Key West and thanks to you all for looking out for its safety!

The American White Pelican is spending more time perching which means she is gaining strength, mobility and balance on her healed right leg. She was originally rescued June 15th by the “Hydro Thunder” crew in the waters off of Key West. She was weak, dehydrated, and had a laceration and break of the right leg. She is entering the final stage of rehabilitation and we hope for a release sometime in the near future…

The American White Pelican is spending more time perching which means she is gaining strength, mobility and balance on her healed right leg. She was originally rescued June 15th by the “Hydro Thunder” crew in the waters off of Key West. She was weak, dehydrated, and had a laceration and break of the right leg. She is entering the final stage of rehabilitation and we hope for a release sometime in the near future…

Rescues/Releases 8/17/2014

Rescues 8/17/2014: Herring Gull weakened by botulism at Marvin Key; Least Sandpiper at Higgs Beach possible botulism; 
Releases 8/17/2014: 3 Laughing Gulls all recovered from botulism symptoms.

Please mark your calender and come out to support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program at Mangia Mangia on August 25th!

Please mark your calender and come out to support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation program at Mangia Mangia on August 25th!

Thanks for supporting our fundraiser at Firefly!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation program last night at Firefly! We thank the Sunset Social Drinking Club, Firefly and all the businesses that doanted to the great raffle. We appreciate it and were able to raise close to $800.00.

Please come out and join us for this great event to help support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation operations!

Please come out and join us for this great event to help support our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation operations!