Summer 2017 Newsletter

SFWC “News from the Nest” IN THIS ISSUE: Creative Therapy for a Keystone Species| Armadillos–A Naturalized Neighbor | Five Ways You Can Be More Wildlife Conscious | A Limpkin Grows Up | Open Houses| The Peregrine Falcon Returns

Just a few decades ago, wildlife rehabilitation was a narrowly-focused practice, more of an art than a science. Compassionate individuals rescued and treated individual animals, often using home remedies and diets designed for people, pets or livestock. Public interest and backing were minimal.

Today, while still striving to gain critical public awareness and support, South Florida Wildlife Center and other progressive wildlife rehabilitators are far more proactive. We are utilizing modern methods such as medical diagnostic tools and developing species-specific diets and treatment protocols. We are also sharing our methods and findings with other professionals across a wide spectrum of human and animal specialties.

Our efforts not only save thousands of animals annually, they also embrace and support the “One Health” concept. One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals and our ecosystem are inextricably linked. The premise strives to improve the lives of all species through collaboration between human and animal medical professionals and other health and environmental experts.

As you read our newsletter, you will see examples of collaborative efforts that saved animals’ lives while forwarding animal, human and environmental health on a larger scale. You’ll also learn more about the scientific methods and research we use to provide species-specific treatment to individual patients, which, in turn, helps professionalize and advance wildlife medicine and rehabilitation.

For instance, our Resource Center, the public access portion of our hospital, supports the priorities of SFWC’s mission, including dispatching animal rescue teams, operating our call center, providing re-nesting and rescue assistance, offering species identification and providing information about SFWC’s many other projects and programs. Our community can find compassionate assistance for any and all wildlife-related issues within our doors.

Our Outreach division encompasses all of our public efforts as well as an expanded education department which is providing more extensive training to wildlife and veterinary professionals and students.

In recent years, South Florida Wildlife Center’s and others’ progress has helped convert the solitary art of wildlife rehabilitation into a collaborative science, and advanced efforts to resolve the health and environmental challenges affecting humans, animals and the environment.

As television host and naturalist Sir David Attenborough so aptly said, “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.”

Thank you for supporting us in this vital journey.

For the animals,

Debra Parsons-Drake
Executive Director

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