Overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park Punta Gorda, the Peace River Wildlife Center Dedicated to the rescue, care, protection and preservation of native small wildlife.
The Mission of the Peace River Wildlife Center is to contribute to the survival of native Florida wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education.
Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center tucked neatly into the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda Isles, Florida.
The Center and our gift shop is open to the public for tours every day from 11a – 4p and our hospital accepts wildlife intakes from 8a – 5p every day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year including all holidays. We do not charge an admission fee but donations are greatly appreciated and needed to support our mission. Your donations and gift store purchases go directly to the care of our wildlife patients and residents.
The PRWC does not receive any federal government support. The costs involved in maintaining these educational displays and to feed over 120 permanent residents and more than 2,500 patient admissions annually is nearly $80,000 per year. All of the Peace River Wildlife Center’s expenses are met through your donations, our recycling program, gift shop sales and small grants. PRWC’s mission is carried out primarily by volunteers.
As of 2018, PRWC admits over 2,500 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 could become a permanent resident of the Center or another federally and state approved facility. The Center typically has over 100 permanent wildlife residents on educational display.
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 Bald Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Ospreys, Crested CaraCara, Sandhill Cranes, Pelicans, Herons, Shorebirds, Cormorants, Songbirds, Crows and Vultures. We also have Tortoises and Turtles. The Mammals you will see are Opossums and Rabbits.
Peace River Wildlife Center
3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda Isles
Phone: (941) 637-3830
Fax: (941) 637-3857