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."
The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron rescued July 17 by Volunteer Debbie Brittin with a broken right wing is recovering well and we plan to release it back to the wild as soon as rehabilitation is complete…

The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron rescued July 17 by Volunteer Debbie Brittin with a broken right wing is recovering well and we plan to release it back to the wild as soon as rehabilitation is complete…

Thanks to the crew of the Floridays sailboat for getting this waterlogged Royal Tern rescued from another boat and bringing it in to shore. The tern was salt-waterlogged, exhausted and emaciated. It has responded well to initial treatment and should make a full recovery. Thanks to all those local businesses and crews out there looking out for our native wildlife!

The American White Pelican rescued June 15th by the crew of Hydro Thunder is making great progress. The wound on her right leg is healing well and she is gaining strength towards eventual release back to the wild. This shot was taken as she was drying off from swimming in her therapy pool this afternoon.

The American White Pelican rescued June 15th by the crew of Hydro Thunder is making great progress. The wound on her right leg is healing well and she is gaining strength towards eventual release back to the wild. This shot was taken as she was drying off from swimming in her therapy pool this afternoon.

This Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was rescued with a right wing fracture on College Road Stock Island by Volunteer Debbie who was after another bird at the time. After rescuing a Gull, she was able to rescue the heron too. It has been treated and wrapped and prognosis is guarded but good for recovery and release.

This Striped Mud Turtle was rescued by a dog walker on Spoonbill Way in the middle of a the road. We were able to release it back in a safe spot very near to where it was found. It is always important to release native turtles back in the territory where they were found. Thanks to all those looking out for our native wildlife!

This Striped Mud Turtle was rescued by a dog walker on Spoonbill Way in the middle of a the road. We were able to release it back in a safe spot very near to where it was found. It is always important to release native turtles back in the territory where they were found. Thanks to all those looking out for our native wildlife!

This Laughing Gull was rescued at Conch Republic by Volunteer Janna on 7/14 with a wound and infection to its left wing. Were were able to treat the wound and infection and wrap the injury. We look forward to rehabilitating and releasing this bird.

This Laughing Gull was rescued at Conch Republic by Volunteer Janna on 7/14 with a wound and infection to its left wing. Were were able to treat the wound and infection and wrap the injury. We look forward to rehabilitating and releasing this bird.

The Brown Pelican rescued June 17th at Ibis Bay in Key West by volunteer Susan is rehabilitating well. The bird had been entangled in fishing hooks and line which we were able to remove. This shot was taken today in our wild bird aviary. The Brown Pelican is on schedule for release soon back to the wild.

A very busy day at the Key West Wildlife Center! This Laughing Gull was rescued from the beach of Key West Harbour Marina. The Gull has a radius fracture that has been set and treated. The bird was extremely underweight and dehydrated. With time and rehabilitation we hope to be able to return it to the wild…

A very busy day at the Key West Wildlife Center! This Laughing Gull was rescued from the beach of Key West Harbour Marina. The Gull has a radius fracture that has been set and treated. The bird was extremely underweight and dehydrated. With time and rehabilitation we hope to be able to return it to the wild…

This White-crowned Pigeon pre-fledge was rescued from the Hyatt Key West this evening. A guest found it and took it to the reception desk. No one was sure which nest it came out of and with all of the pedestrian traffic on the grounds this holiday, we are going to keep it overnight and try to determine its point of origin after the fireworks. We will try our best to find the parents, because they provide the best care. If we cannot, we will raise it until it is ready to be released.

This White-crowned Pigeon pre-fledge was rescued from the Hyatt Key West this evening. A guest found it and took it to the reception desk. No one was sure which nest it came out of and with all of the pedestrian traffic on the grounds this holiday, we are going to keep it overnight and try to determine its point of origin after the fireworks. We will try our best to find the parents, because they provide the best care. If we cannot, we will raise it until it is ready to be released.

The American White Pelican rescued June 15th by the Hydro Thunder crew is continuing on her rehabilitation track. She was able to swim with her bandage off and you can see the improvement in the wound on her right leg. She is looking and feeling better day by day. In this footage she is drying off and preening to restore her feather health…

Received a call about a Double-crested Cormorant with a fishing hook through its neck and trailing line. It also had an injury to its beak. This appears to be the same bird we were after a week ago at City Marina. We were able to make the rescue in the water next to the USCG Mohawk museum. The hook and line were removed and the wounds treated. Outlook is guarded but good…

Animal Care Director Peggy got this footage of the rehabilitating American White Pelican drying off after her time in our therapy pool. The Pelican is doing much better and is standing fully again on her injured leg. The right leg had a severe laceration and break when she was rescued by the Key West Hydro Thunder crew June 15th. She also had a high parasite count and was very weak upon admittance to our clinic. She is feeling much better now and on the road to recovery and release.

The Short-eared Owl rescued 5/27 on the grounds of the Florida Keys SPCA suffering severe trauma from what most likely was an impact injury has made amazing strides towards recovery. After being moved from our clinic to our rehabilitation aviary, the Owl is gradually regaining coordination and balance that will allow it to return to the wild.

The Short-eared Owl rescued 5/27 on the grounds of the Florida Keys SPCA suffering severe trauma from what most likely was an impact injury has made amazing strides towards recovery. After being moved from our clinic to our rehabilitation aviary, the Owl is gradually regaining coordination and balance that will allow it to return to the wild.

Thanks to Olivia M. and the Hender Family for making the unusual call regarding a Great Blue Heron in the water at S. Roosevelt Blvd. and Bertha with a Black Racer snake wrapped around its neck. The Heron had tried to make a meal of the snake and was in distress with the snake wrapped tightly around its neck. We were able to make the rescue, remove the snake and examine both animals. The Black Racer was released unharmed. The Great Blue Heron was treated and tucked away for some rest and will be re-evaluated in the morning. Condition is guarded. Thanks to all those looking out for our native wildlife!

A shot of a Double-crested Cormorant released at Truman Annex in Key West after rehabilitation at Key West Wildlife Center…

A shot of a Double-crested Cormorant released at Truman Annex in Key West after rehabilitation at Key West Wildlife Center…