Our Medical Center is open daily for animal drop-offs, volunteer, interns, and staff from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, it is not included in our Education Center and cannot be viewed by the general public.
Our goal is to return these animals to the wild, which means we must limit their human contact to only what is necessary and at the same time, we must abide by Florida and federal regulations about how the public can or can not be involved with wildlife undergoing rehabilitation.
Inside our Facility
The neonatal intensive care unit, all young orphans receive supportive heat and regular formula feedings in this room.
Our location for smaller injured mammals, birds, and reptiles.
The center of our Medical Center, it carries the most important burden, feeding all of our wildlife patients and Animal Ambassadors.
Used only for necropsies, data collection, and sample collection of deceased marine mammals and sea turtles.
Larger mammals that are no longer on formula or close to being weaned off. They are now introduced to solid food and more active mobility.
Patients with contagious diseases are kept separate from the rest of the rehabilitation program to prevent transmission.
All bedding used at ECWR is washed, and leads to constant shaking, washing, drying, and folding of laundry.
Our intensive care unit for injured adult mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Thanks to Sunday's Child, ECWR now has an x-ray machine to discover fractures, hooks, ammunition, and more in patients.
The dedicated location for raising orphaned songbirds.
Only needed in confirmed cases of mother abandonment or absence, orphaned mammals are admitted into our NICU. Some species we see include Eastern Gray Squirrels, Virginia Opossums, Raccoons, Eastern Cottontails, and more.
Would you like to help our orphaned animals?
*Volunteers do not start in the nursery, but are capable of entering after months of training
With larger and more active juveniles, they spend their transition period here before being transferred to an outdoor habitat. These patients are now off supplemental heat, and are given a mixture of formula and introductory solid foods.
Nursery specific aspects include:
Enrichment activities to aid in mental stimulation
Introduction of 'natural' aspects, such as sticks or logs to learn climbing abilities
Preparation for "outdoor living" with larger enclosures for more activities and movements
Intensive Care Unit
Adult mammals or birds recovering from a variety of intense medical procedures or injuries may spend a short amount of time in this unit as their prescription medications are completed or can tolerate a larger habitat or increased activity levels.
Silver Sulfadiazine Cream
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) Vaccine
Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza (DHLPP) Vaccine
Smaller patients still in need of an intensive care unit are assigned here.
Frequent injuries in this unit are:
Crushed turtles from car collisions
Head trauma patients
Animals with fractured bones
Animals potentially affected by spreadable diseases or parasites are isolated for treatment to prevent contamination to other rehabilitation patients.
Hatchling birds in our incubators need to be fed every 30 minutes, Combined with fledgling feedings in soft-sided aviaries every hour, the bird room is a busy place!
Diets for every taxonomic
denomination are made in our kitchen. Every day. Our 4 fridges keep proteins and produce cold, and ready to help animals in need of a nutritional boost and their next meal.
All bedding in both our outdoor and indoor rehabilitation or ambassador enclosures are made from donated fabrics. With daily enclosure cleanings, this leads to a never-ending pile of sometimes very filthy laundry. (Please note that if you want to donate laundry supplies, we do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets, but do use massive amounts of laundry detergent and bleach).