Come on down to PRWC to visit some of our residents. We are open 365 days a year from 11:00 to 4:00 for visitors and from 8:00 to 5:00 for injured animal intake.

Who wore it better?

Thursday, 13 July 2017 by

In case you missed Fashion Week in Paris, do not despair.  It’s time for Couture Week at Peace River Wildlife Center.  This week we will be hosting a “Who Wore It Better?” campaign.  As seen on Facebook (the harbinger of fashion sense worldwide, as well as the People of Walmart) we will compare a few

A friend in the night

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 by

Last week’s column began the discussion on the Virginia opossum, friend or foe?  I often receive questions about this particular species and am delighted to clear up a few misconceptions.  Since early spring is the height of opossum breeding season here in southwest Florida (Peace River Wildlife Center took in 47 opossum babies in April

A trip this week—not down Memory Lane but Burnt Store Road—brought up a few thought-provoking matters.  Driving south from Punta Gorda the first thing I noticed was the preponderance of road kill along the sides of the roadway.  Oddly enough most of it was where the speed limit is preternaturally low (more on that later!) 

A recent recovery mission turned into a surprise rescue.  At Peace River Wildlife Center we often get calls about injured wildlife that we are pretty sure there is no hope of saving.  We got just such a call a few days ago.  A lady found a Virginia opossum at the end of her driveway.  She

You want fries with THAT?!?

Thursday, 19 November 2015 by

An opossum walks into McDonald’s.  That’s it.  There is no punchline.  This is not a joke.  Especially for the staff and customers at a local McDonald’s fast food restaurant recently when they noticed an adult Virginia opossum in the dining room.  Charlotte County Animal Control officer Brad Finkbeiner got the call to pick up the