Wordless Wednesday: Caring for Florida Wildlife in Punta Gorda

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Jacaranda in Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Jacaranda in Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Last week I had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. The nonprofit organization is supported 100 percent by donations and do an amazing job nurturing Florida’s native wildlife back to health and caring for those orphaned for whatever reason.

Wildlife receives tender care with the intention of being returned to their natural habitat but if for whatever reason they can’t return to the wild, the animals will have a permanent home at the Center. During my visit, I saw injured and orphaned wildlife being cared for and also saw wild and native birds hanging out.

Enjoy these snapshots.

Jacaranda in the Rain, Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Jacaranda in the Rain, Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Dr. Robin Jenkins Holds an Orphaned Brown Dove, Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Dr. Robin Jenkins Holds an Orphaned Brown Dove, Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Visiting Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Dries its Wings, Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Visiting Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Dries its Wings, Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Bald Eagles at Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Bald Eagles at Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

A Possum Climbs on Dr. Robin Jenkins, Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

A Possum Climbs on Dr. Robin Jenkins, Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Hangs Out at Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Hangs Out at Peace River Wildlife Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Peace River Wildlife Center
3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway
Punta Gorda, Fla.
Tel: (941) 637-3830
www.peaceriverwildlifecenter.com

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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