Peace River Wildlife Center

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

A Non Profit Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center



The Mission of the Peace River Wildlife Center is to contribute to the survival of native Florida wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education.




CoverPeace River Wildlife Center (PRWC) is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility tucked neatly into the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park. We are open to the public from 11a – 4p everyday

Started in 1978, PRWC is dedicated to the rescue, care, protection and preservation of native wildlife. Originally confined to the lanai of one of its founders, the Center quickly gained credibility and a new location as citizens learned of its successes in wildlife rehabilitation.

Since its beginnings the wildlife center has treated over sixty thousand birds and small mammals, offering a high-level of skilled care by trained and permitted wildlife rehabilitation specialists with years of experience in treating native fauna disease and trauma.

Peace River Wildlife Center is a member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (FWRA), the National

Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA), and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). We are licensed and overseen and permitted by the US FWS, USDA, and FL FWC.

Currently, PRWC admits about 2,000 patients annually, a number that has increased every year since the Center’s founding. If a bird or small animal cannot be returned to its native habitat after treatment and recovery but is otherwise healthy, it becomes a permanent resident of the Center or another federally and state approved facility. Right now, the Center has almost 200 permanent residents.

All of the permanent residents are available for viewing by the public in attractive, spacious aviaries and habitats, suggestive of their native environments. Among the birds available for viewing are eagles, hawks, owls, ospreys, sandhill cranes, pelicans, herons, gulls, terns, cormorants, songbirds, crows and vultures.

The costs involved in maintaining these educational displays is nearly $75,000 per year just to feed the almost 200 permanent residents.

All of the Peace River Wildlife Center’s expenses are met through grants, donations, recycling efforts and gift shop sales. PRWC’s mission is carried out primarily by volunteers. Visitors are welcome at the Center and its gift shop from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day to receive injured, orphaned or ill wildlife.

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