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Wild animals can be dangerous! Often times the best thing to do with injured wildlife is to leave them alone. Call your local wildlife rehabilitator to determine what is best for your circumstance. The information and advice provided herein is to help inform only. Zoo Miami is not responsible for any potential bodily harm caused by actions taken after reading this section. Please be careful!
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South Florida Wildlife Center
Address: 3200 SW 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33315
South Florida Wildlife Center is one of the best contacts available for our community with the most resources, large and diverse facility, large staff and veterinarians to ensure proper care. They will give situational advice and redirect you as needed after answering any immediate concerns about wildlife.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
Address: 1279 NE 79 Street, Miami, 33138
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of Miami's native wildlife. They accept almost all native species, with the exception of rabies-vector species. Pelican Harbor provides resources and referrals for any species it cannot treat. https://www.pelicanharbor.org/resources-and-referrals
They are open 365 days a year, and also have a “what to do” page on their website for you if you find an injured animal after hours- https://www.pelicanharbor.org/what-to-do
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital
Address: 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs 33065
Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital can respond to your wildlife emergencies and has a helpful FAQ section on their website - https://sawgrassnaturecenter.org/in-case-of-emergency/ - what a great resource!
Wildlife Rescue of Dade County
Address: 12055 SW 240th St, Homestead, FL 33032
Wildlife Rescue of Dade County - call them at 305-342-1075. If there is no answer, please leave your name, best contact number, general location (i.e. Homestead) and a brief description of your rescue emergency.
For a list of other licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Florida visit: https://myfwc.com/media/5423/licensedwildliferehabilitatorsbyregion.pdf
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Response Team
Website: MDFR Venom Response Team
Wildlife Assistance Program: Helping Resolve Conflicts with Wildlife
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FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline
Phone: 888-Ive-Got1 (483-4681)
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