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“What a great service for Key West” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Key West Wildlife Center

Key West Wildlife Center
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$112.88*
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Small Group Kayak and Snorkel Eco Tour
Ranked #58 of 163 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: The Key West Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility. We cover all native species rescues from mile marker 0-15 in the Florida Keys. Our mission is "Ensuring the future of our diverse native wildlife through timely rescues and quality rehabilitation with the hope of release back to the wild." Our main focus is avian species but we do partner with other organizations to rescue Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals and other native wildlife in distress. Visitors to our center and enjoy a nature trail through the Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park. This park is very important for migrating birds and is a popular spot among birders. We have a small number of permanent resident avian education ambassadors that can be seen but most of our space is dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured birds. The rehabilitating birds are not on display to the public in accordance with our state and federal permits. We are open 365 days a year and there is never any admission fee to our facility. We do accept donations to keep our rescue and rehabilitation services going.
Key West, Florida
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194 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“What a great service for Key West”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Nothing fancy at all, but it's about the animals. This is a wonderful place to learn about the birds that make Key West their home, or visit Key West while traveling.
Key West Wildlife Center provides animal rescue for injured or sick animals in the Keys. Please make a visit, and a donation if you can while there.
We love this place!!!

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“Amazing rescue service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

There was a poor seagull on South Beach with a broken wing. It was so sad, trying to hide from everyone. I called the Rescue Center to ask if they could help, and within 10 minutes, a rescuer came to South Beach with a net and scooped up the bird to take back to their facility. Thank you!

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Maryland
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127 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a small but hidden gem. Plan about 30 minutes and you will see Tank the talking mynah bird, Moxie the mockingbird that could mimic sounds,and a variety of other birds that have been injured and rescued by the center. I personally enjoyed seeing the Great White Heron, a color morph of the Great Blue Heron that is found in Florida. Ibis, chickens and other birds wander freely about. There is a short trail to a pond with turtles, ibis and iguana's. It is free to visit.

Visited November 2013
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Rescuing Wildlife”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

The people at this rescue facility are dedicated to saving wildlife and are very passionate discussing their work with visitors. It was nice to see this great work being done and to see the birds who have been helped but unable to go back into the wild. Turtle pond where all the turtles swim over to greet you. Gila Monsters hang out in the trees but you have to look up and take a moment to spot them. These LARGE creatures blend in, it's hard to spot them. There is no fee to explore but they appreciate donations which I hope all that visit make a contribution to help keep them going.

Visited October 2013
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Merritt Island, Florida
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“Biggest iguanas we have ever seen!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Soon as we pulled into the parking lot the biggest iguana we have ever seen gave us quite the show! Loads more iguanas throughout this little nature center, especially down near the turtle pond. The meat & potato of this place is that in an effort to keep the population of roosters/chickens in check on the island, (think rooster crowing at 5am) the eggs are collected and once hatched the chicks are raised for the next 3-4 months before being transported to larger and more welcoming preserves in central Florida where they can live out the rest of their natural 3-5 year old life. They also have several more birds that are either being rehabilitated or being provided a home for because they cannot be released back into the wild for various reasons including injuries and human imprinting.
Key West Wildlife Center is clearly a labor of love run on a shoestring budget. Admission is free although they do accept donations and there is no pressure to do so. Parking is free and easy, takes approx. 30-45 minutes to walk the paths/trails throughout the center.

Visited August 2013
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