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Rehabilitation Complex:

REHABILITATION OF WILD BIRDSThe rehabilitation complex provides a halfway home for our patients during their initial recovery. This area gives the animals room to move around without having to exert too much energy so that their wounds can heal. They will then be placed into larger exercise enclosures.

Once our patients have recovered from their wounds and are ready to begin "physical therapy", they are placed into rehabilitation enclosures. The Sanctuary houses some of the largest flight cages in South Florida. They provide a safe place for our patients to strengthen their flight and hunting skills before being released back into the wild. These enclosures simulate a natural wooded environment with staggered perches and various feeding stations to build flight accuracy.

The Pelican and Water Bird Recovery Area is designed for rehabilitating the large variety of injured water birds treated at the Sanctuary. Many of these birds have suffered from injuries caused by entanglement in fishing lines and hooks. This enclosure is an ideal place for birds such as pelicans, egrets, herons, storks, and ducks to recuperate.

Wildlife Hospital:

WILDLIFE HOSPITALThe Sanctuary's Wildlife Hospital is designed to care for sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals. The goal of the hospital is to provide the medical treatment necessary to ensure that recovered patients can be released back to the wild to become an integral part of our natural environment.

Each year over 2,000 animals receive medical care at our facility. Local veterinarians from Harmony Animal Hospital donate their time to provide medical and surgical treatment to many of our animal patients. Approximately 90% of the animals treated at the hospital have suffered from injuries directly related to humans. The most common injuries include car collisions, entanglement with fishing line, electrocutions, and illegal gun shot wounds.

An estimated 10-15% of the animals treated by the Sanctuary's hospital are listed as threatened or endangered species.

On the average, 30-35% of the animals treated recover fully from their injuries and are successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Unfortunately, many of our patients suffer from traumatic injuries which may cause permanent impairments. As a result of their injuries, some animals are unable to survive on their own in the wild. A small percentage of the animals that do not fully recover from their injuries become permanent residents of the Sanctuary.

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