PRO­TECT­ING SWFL WILDLIFE

Ex­panded von Arx Wildlife Hospi­tal opens at Con­ser­vancy

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Ex­panded von Arx Wildlife Hospi­tal opens at Con­ser­vancy

More of us, more trou­bles for them. The von Arx Wildlife Hospi­tal has ex­panded at the Con­ser­vancy of South­west Florida, which started in 1964. New struc­tures in­clude re­hab fa­cil­i­ties to care for sick, in­jured and or­phaned crea­tures such as ot­ters, en­larged shore­bird and small mam­mal re­cov­ery ar­eas, im­proved wa­ter, power and care­giver ac­cess, more main­te­nance and stor­age space.

The Sa­pakie Wildlife Ex­hibits in­struct us on the rea­sons why an­i­mals are ad­mit­ted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospi­tal, the types of med­i­cal care they re­ceive, and ways we can help pre­vent wildlife in­juries. In ad­di­tion, the exhibit has a child play area, and the new von Arx Wildlife View­ing Pav­il­ion al­lows you to visit three am­bas­sadors―an owl, hawk and ea­gle un­able to sur­vive on their own due to in­juries.

The $2.3 mil­lion ex­pan­sion by Stevens Con­struc­tion of Fort My­ers be­gan with a $500,000 lead­er­ship gift from Dolph and Sharon von Arx. The Con­ser­vancy earned a com­pet­i­tive $500,000 grant from state agen­cies.

Con­ser­vancy of South­west Florida and its Na­ture Cen­ter are in Naples at 1495 Smith Pre­serve Way. De­tails are at 239-262-0304, con­ser­vancy.org.

The $2.3 mil­lion ex­pan­sion be­gan with a $500,000 gift from Dolph and Sharon von Arx.

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