Donations and Adoptions
a gift for that person who has everything? Adopt one or more of our
Educational Ambassadors! Choose one of our five owls, a Kestrel, a
Gopher Tortoise, a Box Turtle, a Red-Shouldered Hawk or our Red Rat
Snake and help provide food, training, housing and medical care.
Scroll down to see photos of all of our Ambassadors
*This is a symbolic adoption. Possession of and responsibility for the animal does not pass to the adoptive parent. The animals will continue to reside at Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary in compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for receipt of your adoption package.
Dan, Gopher Tortoise, was brought to us in 2010 by Florida Fish & Wildlife after he was found in a home of tenants that had been evicted. He cannot be released because of his amputated front leg. When he was admitted the leg was already healed, so we don’t know the cause of the injury.
Copper was an educational ambassador with another organization before coming to Florida Wildlife Hospital in 2011 as a very small, young Red Rat or Corn Snake.
to us in 2003. He was brought to us with a broken wing caused by a fall from
his nest. He was very young when admitted, and the fracture did not heal
well enough to allow for his release. During baby bird season, Gonzo doubles as a foster parent to our young Eastern Screech Owl patients.
Eleanor, a Barred Owl, is our oldest educational ambassador, but we don’t know how old she actually is. She was originally admitted to another rehabilitation facility when found with a wing that had broken and healed in the wild, leaving her grounded and unable to find food well. After some good care to get her healthy, she was an educational ambassador with another rehabilitator for several years. When that person moved away she came to Florida Wildlife Hospital in 2005.
Kona, another Barred Owl, was admitted as a young owl in 2004. She had gotten monofilament line and a fish hook wrapped around her wing. This caused nerve and tendon damage, which left her unable to fly.
Corey, a Barn Owl, was found in October 2011. The building where his nest was located was demolished, and he was one of 4 siblings rescued and brought into the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. The other 3 owls were successfully raised and released. It was found that Corey was missing most of his right wing, which appears to be a defect and not from an injury. This would have made it impossible for him to survive in the wild.
Owliver is a Great Horned Owl who came to us in 2007. He suffered a broken wing while he was still in his nest. When his siblings fledged from their nest, Owliver ended up on the ground because he was unable to fly. He would be unable to catch his own food or escape predators in the wild.
Bella, has been an educational ambassador since 2009. Unlike our other birds, Bella is a fully flighted bird. She was illegally taken from her nest as a baby. When she should have been growing up with other kestrels and learning to be a bird, she was with people. When she was brought to a licensed rehabilitator, Bella had already become imprinted on humans. She really doesn't know she is an American Kestrel.
Quinn, a Red-Shouldered Hawk came to us as a nestling in 2015 is and the Florida Wildlife Hospital’s newest educational ambassador. Unlike most of our resident birds, Quinn is fully flighted. He incurred a foot injury while still in the nest. When Quinn was just a few weeks old, he suffered from constriction wounds to his right foot that resulted in severe malformation of his digits. He was admitted to our hospital as a patient last summer and we quickly determined he would never be releasable. Without proper use of his foot, Quinn would not be able to catch prey and would not survive in the wild.
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