Come Out and Support Our Director

Pam Defouw and the one and only Jack Hanna stopping for a photograph during a tour of the Wildlife Center of Venice.

New Time Slot!!

Join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00 PM for the Venice City Council meeting.
Our director Pam Defouw will be giving a presentation to the City Council.  Pam will be talking about the history of The Center and all that it has done for the City of Venice over the past 15 years to rescue, care for and rehabilitate all of the Wildlife in Venice.  She will place special emphasis on the important work The Center did during the Red Tide crisis and our overall role in serving the community.

We need a big turnout so that the Council can know how important The Wildlife Center of Venice is to the community.  If you have a WCV shirt, be sure to wear it.

The Center and our Director are grateful for all the incredible support you always give.

The Venice City Council holds its meeting in the City Council Chambers at Venice City Hall, 401 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285

If your schedule does not allow you to stop by, please consider making a donation at:

Limpkin Rescue and Reunite

You just never know where a “rescue” will be needed!  A caring lady named Jenny called the Center for help when she noted a frantic mother bird by a storm grate.  Long time rescue volunteer Stephanie Boor responded to evaluate and, hopefully, resolve the problem. She found that 6 baby Limpkins had managed to lose themselves in the grate and mom couldn’t get them out!  A quick call to volunteer Sandy Smith for assistance and the use of a small net soon had the babies out and on their way to a VERY relieved mom. Click below to enjoy the fantastic video…

Watch the rescue video by clicking here.

FYI….Limpkins are an endangered, tropical species found as far north as Florida.  They somewhat resemble a small heron or Ibis, but are not closely related to either.  They are long-legged wading birds with a long curved beak that enables them to locate and remove from the shell the Apple Snails that are their primary diet, although they will also eat insects, worms and mussels.  They nest from February to June and will incubate their 4 – 8 eggs for approx. 27 days. They nest in vegetation found in marshes and fresh water areas – but can also be found in bushes or tree limbs as high as 40 feet.  The main threat to this bird is loss of habitat, both for nesting and for production of their main food source, the Apple Snail.

This is what we do every day.  But we can’t do it without your 
support,  Your donations are critical to the Wildlife Center’s 
ability to continue the work we do every day, rescuing ALL wildlife 
in Southwest Florida.

Thank you in advance for the years of continued support!!

WCV's Mission Statement: To protect and preserve Southwest Florida's native wildlife through educational outreach, and to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife to their native habitat whenever possible.