Peace River Wildlife Center

3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway | Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 | 941-637-3830

A Non Profit Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center


Open to the public for tours from 11a – 4p | Accepting wildlife patient intakes from 8a – 5p

Everyday, 7 days a week, 365 day a year (including holidays)



Injured, Sick & Orphaned  Florida Native Wildlife

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and Release back into their Natural Wild Habitats

Behind the Scenes


The Public by offering Outreach Speaking Presentations at Schools and Events.

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Don’t judge me by my search history

Necessity is the mother of invention, but I have a feeling the Internet is the granddaddy of the unintended consequences.  It makes me nervous to think that if I were to die under dubious circumstances that triggered a forensic investigation, I would not come out...
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Can ‘coon

No, this isn’t yet another column about my travel exploits.  This week Peace River Wildlife Center admitted a raccoon in a pretty precarious position. While emptying recycle bins in the Punta Gorda Isles neighborhood, the sanitation engineers made a startling...
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Slipping into fall

With all the hubbub over Hurricane Irma, how many of us missed the arrival of autumn?  Here at Peace River Wildlife Center we usually notice this change in seasons well before the temperatures start to decrease.  Southwest Florida does not have the spectacular...
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The show must go on

As I write this week's column, Hurricane Irma is barreling toward Florida.  She may slam into Miami, skim the east coast, wander up the center of the state, or even end up in the Gulf.  At this point, it is looking grim for the entire state, but we are as ready as it...
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Paranoia will destroy ya

The call comes in at 6 p.m.  Someone had seen an eagle on the ground at 10 that morning.  He had called Florida Fish and Wildlife, but they did not have an officer in the area.  Many calls later, he had finally gotten through to Peace River Wildlife Center, and they...
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“Everytime I go home to visit my mother, I try to go and see Luna and her friends. The best trip was when I visited with my granddaughter. She loved visiting Luna and, of course, she just had to have the stuffed animal from the gift shop!”

Ann P.

“This is a wonderful wildlife rescue center. There are many different types of birds (I lost count of how the number of species) and a few other species (opossum, tortoise). The staff and volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The facility is very clean and well organized. There is a fun gift shop with a large selection of clothing, books, jewelry, mugs, etc. They accept donations, but there is no admission fee.”

Ralph B.

“A nice inexpensive way to pass an afternoon. Many Florida birds being rehabilitated in a clean and comfortable location. Staff was informative and nice and there are informational signs near all of the wildlife.”


“I’ve visited PRWC since I was about 6 and I’ve loved getting to know some of the long time feathered resident rescues. The volunteers & staff are incredible, loving people who take great care of the animals and connect to the public with really interesting bits of knowledge. They have a great sample of Florida’s beloved bird population, including Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbill, a talking crow, a rare white Screech Owl, and Mooch, the loitering former resident.”

Amy C.