South Florida Wildlife Center

About Us

The South Florida Wildlife Center was founded in 1969 for the purpose of caring for native wildlife in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. We are the highest volume wildlife care facility in Florida treating between 10,000 – 12,000 animals per year from nearly 300 different species.

We are an independently operated non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that operates solely on donations. We are not affiliated or supported by any government or humane agency.

South Florida Wildlife Center is a wildlife trauma care hospital and rehabilitation facility, staffed by certified veterinary, animal care, and education professionals. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned animals, educate the public about environmental issues and foster a peaceful co-existence with wildlife in our local communities.

Beyond our lifesaving rescue and rehabilitation programs, we are a trusted resource that assists our local communities in a variety of ways. We provide educational programming to local schools, community agencies, and youth programs. We provide wildlife rescue training for local municipality agencies including law enforcement and fire rescue.  

The South Florida Wildlife Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of nationally recognized animal experts, passionate animal advocates, and business leaders who are actively engaged to further our mission:

Jeffrey J. Arciniaco

Thomas J. Sabatino Jr.

Thomas Bartelmo

Ardath Rosengarten

Eric Bernthal, Director

Doug Koger, Director


Jeffrey J. Arciniaco, President, Board Chairman

Thomas J. Sabatino Jr., Vice Chairman, Secretary

Thomas Bartelmo, Treasurer

Photo by Camilla Smith