Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Our Work

Rehabilitation for Sick, Injured, or Orphaned Native Florida Wildlife

Alaqua Wildlife Rehabilitation Program Update

In our ongoing commitment to providing the utmost care and protection for the wildlife entrusted to us, Alaqua is embarking on a pivotal transition period.  Our wildlife facility is in the process of relocating to its permanent home on 50 acres of our 100-acre facility.  We are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals in our care, as well as the integrity of our rehabilitation efforts.

To facilitate a seamless move to our new facility, Alaqua will temporarily abbreviate the services offered by our Wildlife Rehabilitation program. This decision is driven by our dedication to safeguarding the wildlife we serve.

Key Changes Effective Immediately:

  • Suspended Intake: In preparation for our move, we will be suspending the intake of new wildlife patients. This will enable us to focus our resources and attention on safely transitioning current inhabitants to the new facility. Full services will be reinstated in a timely manner. 

  • Relocation of Animals Requiring Special Care: Understanding the unique needs of certain species, especially those requiring specialized care, we have preemptively coordinated with other reputable facilities to ensure these animals continue to receive the attention they need without interruption. This move is out of an abundance of caution, prioritizing the animals’ well-being above all.

We are immensely grateful for your understanding, support, and patience during this transitional period. The safety and care of the wildlife at Alaqua have always been, and will continue to be, our top priority. We look forward to welcoming our wildlife friends to the new facility soon.

For updates on our progress and information on how you can help during this period, please visit our website or follow us on our social media channels.  Interested in sponsoring a wildlife habitat?  Email Stacey at [email protected]

Reports of injured and orphaned wildlife should be made to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) so that authorized, trained staff can respond.

 

 

ACCEPTED ANIMALS
The Alaqua Wildlife Rehabilitation Center welcomes animals of all types including shore birds, seabirds, birds of prey, mammals, marsupials, and reptiles; and accepts animals from surrounding counties including Walton, Okaloosa, Bay, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, and Franklin.

Alaqua does not offer removal services for nuisance situations, but our staff will be happy to help guide you on how to mitigate the issue towards a safe resolution for both you and the animal(s) involved.

The Alaqua Wildlife Rehabilitation Center does not treat or intake domestic, exotic, or livestock species. Please call Alaqua’s main number at (850) 880-6399 with inquiries regarding these types of animals.

THE FACILITY
The Facility includes a fully functional wildlife clinic with surgical suite, triage area, ICU for critical animals, a detached avian nursery, and a mammal nursery with rabies vector species quadrant to provide specialized care for orphaned babies in a contained environment.

Additional outdoor habitats including a brand-new flight cage have also been constructed on the wooded property to provide an environment free from common urban stressors. This will allow the rehabilitation process to happen in a setting that is closely similar to being back in nature.

Rehabilitation specialists work with standard laboratory equipment on-site, including a digital radiograph machine. The specialists are highly skilled and focused on wildlife; however, Alaqua’s staff of veterinarians can also be called upon and utilized as needed.

LONG-TERM VISION
Alaqua’s long-term vision is to create a wildlife sanctuary on 40 acres at their new property to provide a refuge for injured wildlife animals that are unable to be released back into their native environment. This sanctuary will also contain a rehabilitation area and will allow visitors to connect with these animals in a natural setting allowing guests to learn about various species, how to co-exist with them, and how they can protect them for future generations.

SUPPORT OUR WILDLIFE SERVICES
As with all of its facilities and services, Alaqua operates solely on funds that are raised through private donations and fundraising. Currently, the non-profit organization does not receive any state or federal funding for these types of community programs and services.

Please consider donating to the Alaqua Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. You will be helping to give second chances to our important wildlife in need.

Birds

Mammals

Marsupials

Reptiles

Permits were issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).