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


and Release back into their Natural Wild Habitats


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

Meet our ambassadors

Our primary goal at Peace River Wildlife Center is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured, orphaned, and ill native Florida wildlife.  Our secondary mission is to educate the public.  This is the reason we have display habitats at our facility.  People can see...

2017 rehab stats

The rehabbers at Peace River Wildlife Center did an amazing job in 2017.  They treated 2,443 injured, ill, or orphaned wild animals—another record for patient intake.  Thanks to the support of the community, PRWC has been able to hire a few more part-time employees to...

Bright year ahead

As 2018 dawns, Peace River Wildlife Center is at a crossroads in its existence.  Started in 1978 on the lanai of local veterinarian, Dr. Jerry Gingerich, PRWC quickly outgrew those humble beginnings.  By 1987 the wildlife rehabilitation facility began its journey to...

Red tide maroons bluebills

Peace River Wildlife Center has had a tragic influx of patients in the past few weeks.  We have taken in over 40 lesser scaups (locally called bluebills by many people), mostly found in the Port Charlotte Beach and Bayshore Park areas.  Many of them died in transport...

Icarus falls again

Icarus was a figure in Greek mythology who flew too close to the sun, melted his wings, and then fell into the water.  Peace River Wildlife Center admitted a bald eagle this week who was apparently acting out this tragedy.  It would seem I am not the only one who has...

“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.