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What to Do if You Find Injured Animals in Florida

Do not pick up animals or remove them from their natural environment.

If you feel you must take immediate action to save an animal’s life, take extreme caution to protect yourself, wear appropriate protective gear & try to avoid touching the injured animals directly.  

If you find an injured or orphaned animal, you should report it to the closest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Regional Office or an FWC-licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area.

Below you will find a listing of Regional Offices and contact info.

Keep in Mind:

You may find wild baby animals outside during spring. This is not to raise alarm, as many baby animals are just entering the world and learning to fend for themselves. Wild baby animals might appear in need or hungry, but unless the animal is truly orphaned or injured, there is no need to intervene.

Some Ducklings are just Ugly, not injured!

Here are a few signs that a wild animal needs your help

If you encounter an animal with the warnings below, please contact your F.W.C. office to report the issues:

  • Injured animal presented by cat or dog
  • Evidence of bleeding or broken bones
  • Featherless or nearly featherless shivering birds on the ground
  • An animal crying and wandering for an entire day or nearby a dead parent

You can call the South Florida Wildlife Resource Center at (954) 524-4302 ext.10 or any of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Regional Offices below:

Northwest Region
Billy Sermons, Regional Director
3911 Hwy. 2321
Panama City, FL 32409-1658
850-265-3676

North Central Region
Chris Wynn, Regional Director
3377 E. U.S. Highway 90
Lake City, FL 32055-8795
386-758-0525

Northeast Region
Shannon Wright, Regional Director
1239 S.W. 10th Street
Ocala, FL 34471-0323
352-732-1225

Southwest Region
Thomas Graef, Regional Director
3900 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, FL 33811-1207
863-648-3200

South Region
Dr. Thomas Reinert, Regional Director
8535 Northlake Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
561-625-5122

Want to know if it’s Okay or Not to FEED WILD ANIMALS?

If you’re interested in learning more about Animal Care, interning at our private zoo, or hosting an animal encounter at your event, contact Miami Exotic Animals at 888.398.7088 or visit www.ExoticAnimalsMiami.com for more info.

Miami Exotic Animals is the Events department of a Federally Licensed Private Zoo that has rescued & acquired over 200 animals over the last 10 years that we care for every day. We provide Educational Experiences to Schools & Camps, Private Animal Encounters for Events & Music Videos, as well as our own unique facility rental for Special Events.

Best Kayak Trails in Florida

Florida is the perfect location for year-round canoeing & kayaking thru the numerous waterways across our state.

Jupiter, Florida, USA inlet and light house.

We’re home to 58 designated paddling trails as well as the the goliath 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, known as The CT, which starts at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extends around the entire peninsula of Florida and the Keys, and then ends at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border!

If you’re daring enough for that feat, check out Mike Ruso’s guide to conquering The CT at ThruPaddlingFlorida.com.

Otherwise, our guide below will help you find a local water trail to take your own floatation device or rent a kayak at the park.

Click Here to view the 32 segments of waterways and launch points.

Source: FloridaPaddlingTrails.com

Be mindful of these General Safety Tips when embarking on your journey:

  • Always wear a personal floatation device when on the water.
  • Have a plan and a Back-Up Plan.  Leave that plan with someone on shore.
  • Bring a first aid kit, plenty of water and snacks.
  • Check the condition of your gear before departure.
  • Wear water shoes & quick dry clothing if possible
  • When paddling in a group, never paddle beyond the abilities of your weakest paddler.
  • Bring a basic repair kit, bilge pump, sunglasses, sun screen and bug repellant.
  • Consider bringing a spare paddle.
  • Always carry at least one form of communication (cell phone, VHF radio, satellite messenger, etc.)
  • Always check the weather right up to departure time, and during longer trips.
  • Check the tide charts before departure, and be aware how weather, especially winds, affect the tides. Low tides on the Big Bend, Nature Coast, and Florida Bay areas of special concern in the winter months.
  • In cold months, be aware of the symptoms and treatment for hypothermia. Cold water can be extremely dangerous.
  • Lights on another vessel are green on its starboard (right) side and red on its port (left) side.
  • At night, a white light must be displayed to all oncoming traffic.

Have fun & send us some photos of the natural wildlife you discover!

If you don’t get your fill of wild animals on the water & want to bring some of the most unique animals in Florida to your home or event, give us a call at 888.398.7088 or visit www.ExoticAnimalsMiami.com for more info.

Miami Exotic Animals is the Events department of a Federally Licensed Private Zoo that has rescued & acquired over 200 animals over the last 10 years that we care for every day. We provide Educational Experiences to Schools & Camps, Private Animal Encounters for Events & Music Videos, as well as our own unique facility rental for Special Events.

Miami exotic animals

Is it Okay to Feed Wild Animals?

We live in the beautiful state of Florida; abundant beaches, plants & wildlife. As we continue to develop open land, we sometimes interfere with wild animals native environments and invite their curiosity into ours.

If you encounter a wild animal in Florida, the simple answer is: 

Never Feed The Wildlife

Feeding wild animals can create a dependency on human feeding or reduce the animal’s fear of humans which may result in conflicts or the need for the animal to be removed or even killed in order to protect public safety.

In some cases, feeding wildlife is actually illegal in Florida.

As listed on myfwc.com, species with rules related to feeding include bears, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, pelicans, alligators, crocodiles, sandhill cranes, and wild monkeys.

How to secure your home against unwanted intruders:

Animals are great, but when uninvited wildlife guests start considering your home as their personal country club with outstanding amenities, problems can arise for you & your neighbors. Wildlife will return to unsecured food sources, even after just one visit and can quickly become addicted to the comforts of Human life.

Below is a Guide on How To Secure Your Home & Backyard from tempting Animals.

Source: https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/tips/

how wildlife sees your backyard
Keep People, Pets and wildlife safe

If you’re really interested in feeding wild animals, contact Miami Exotic Animals at 888.398.7088 or visit www.ExoticAnimalsMiami.com for more info.

Miami Exotic Animals is the Events department of a Federally Licensed Private Zoo that has rescued & acquired over 200 animals over the last 10 years that we care for every day. We provide Educational Experiences to Schools & Camps, Private Animal Encounters for Events & Music Videos, as well as our own unique facility rental for Special Events.