PUNTA GORDA – The Peace River Wildlife Center is treating more patients this year and is building new outdoor enclosures and fences for its hospital to meet demand.
Animal patients in 2019 approached an all-time high of 3,000. During the 2020 lockdown, the Wildlife Hospital remained open for injured animals while the number of patients fell to around 2,500. This year, PRWC is on the way to receiving more than 3,000 patients.
Work on new cages and exterior fences for the hospital began after the Punta Gorda City Council approved a three-year extension to the hospital on August 25.
“The new cage under construction at the Peace River Wildlife Center hospital provides a calm environment while minimizing human contact. It also allows the hospital to treat more animal patients, ”said Callie Stahl, executive director of PRWC.
When residents of Southwest Florida find injured or orphaned native wildlife, they can take them to the Peace River Wildlife Center Hospital at 223 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Punta Gorda. The animals will be treated and rehabilitated with the aim of being released into their original habitat. Wild animals that cannot be released can find a permanent home at PRWC or other licensed facility.
The PRWC Education Center at 3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy. in Ponce de Leon Park is approximately four miles from the hospital. Although the hospital is not open to public visits, the Education Center is open daily.
The enlarged enclosures are constructed with an aluminum and wood frame to accommodate several species of small mammals and birds, as needed. The cage can be deconstructed and moved once a permanent hospital is found.
The extension of the PRWC hospital is valid until 2025. The center is working to find a permanent hospital that will offer isolation to patients without being too far off the beaten track.
For more information on the Peace River Wildlife Center, including upcoming events and what to do if you find wildlife in distress, visit prwildlife.org, call 941-637-3830, or email at [email protected]
The nonprofit Peace River Wildlife Center receives no federal government support and costs associated with maintaining educational exhibits and feeding the nearly 100 permanent residents and over 2,500 patients admitted each year. amount to over $ 90,000 per year. All of PRWC’s expenses are covered by donations, its recycling program, gift shop sales and small grants.
For the latest news, connect with PRWC at facebook.com/peaceriverwildlifecenter.
Submitted by Jennifer Huber