Rescue, Rehab, Release & Educate

That is the mission of local non-profit, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Palm Beach County 1916 Historic Courthouse

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary has become a community staple for the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast, and its residents. Its family-friendly atmosphere has contributed to its #1 ranking of things to do in Jupiter according to Tripadvisor.com and was named the 2022 Non-Profit of the Year by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce. Over 150,000 children and adults visit the Sanctuary each year and an additional 50,000 people participate in the Sanctuary’s outreach programs, tours, and exhibits. Undoubtedly, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary has helped to make our community a very desirable place to live and visit. Local residents have taken pride in helping Busch Wildlife Sanctuary to grow into a valuable community resource. The Sanctuary offers residents and visitors a unique opportunity to learn about nature through interactive educational programs. The Sanctuary’s wildlife rehabilitation efforts provide a much-needed community service in helping sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals. 90% of the almost 6,000 patients admitted each year to the Sanctuary’s wildlife rehabilitation center have suffered from some type of human-related injury. Collisions with automobiles, fishing line entanglement, illegal gunshots, poisonings, and electrocutions, are only a small example of the types of injuries that are regularly treated. At any given moment, more than 75 animals are being looked after and will be further assessed post-treatment if they are healthy enough to be released back into the wild.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect oasis for both wildlife and families alike in the midst of our growing community. The sanctuary offers interactive opportunities for all guests such as wildlife encounters, alligator talks, storytime, hunters of the sky, and reptiles rule. Other educational activities involve the community through programs such as Junior Naturalist, community service, guided tours, and much more. The Environmental Education Program is a curriculum-based program geared toward adults and children to learn more about native plants and animal species. It also provides the opportunity to participate in conservation efforts for the preservation and protection of our native wildlife and endangered species! In addition to wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and conservation of our area’s wildlife and natural resources. The Sanctuary takes a proactive approach to working with residents, business owners, and developers to create a community that successfully preserves the environmental and natural assets.

In March 2023, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will be moving to its new location on Rocky Pines Road and West Indiantown Road in Jupiter Farms after a 30-year-long lease in the Loxahatchee River District. At the 19.4-acre piece of property, six miles west of the current location, construction continues on the $18 million facility that will broaden the nonprofit’s impact on keystone species. The sanctuary will nearly triple in size when it relocates to 17855 Rocky Pines Road and the 4,000-square-foot hospital will ensure a greater rate of return to the wild and improve care for the injured and sick critters who will be treated at this state-of-the-art facility.

We strongly encourage our local residents and wildlife naturists to get involved in our capital campaign to help fund the new sanctuary.

OUR WILDLIFE IS ON THE MOVE AND SO ARE WE!

For over 30 years, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest such facility in Palm Beach County, has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing our native species by the thousands. Reintroducing endangered and keystone species back into our fragile ecosystems. Since our founding, over 1.7 million guests have participated in our education programs on the need for environmental conservation and protection.

OUR WILDLIFE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The increasing demand for our services has led us to compelling crossroads having outgrown our current leased space. We are now at a turning point — developing a larger campus, almost 20 acres which will nearly double our space, that we can call our own for many generations to come.

WHERE: The new property is located at Rocky Pines Road and Indiantown Road, just west of 1-95.

WHEN: We broke ground in March of 2022, with infrastructure and buildings to follow.

THE PROBLEM: South Florida’s wildlife is being displaced by a growing population and encroaching development. Nearly 90% of the injuries treated at our wildlife hospital are directly related to man-made causes.

THE SOLUTION: Our Wildlife Needs YOU! – We Need Your Help to ensure the future of these efforts. The Nurture What’s Wild Capital Campaign will allow us to build expanded rehabilitation areas for wildlife. This exciting time brings additional, meaningful ways we can partner together to build a strong foundation for generations to come.

You can make a one-time gift or you can support via a multi-year pledge, stocks, annuities, or a planned estate gift. Every dollar counts! If you are interested in discussing a naming opportunity or becoming more involved as a volunteer, please call Lisa Wynne at (561) 575-3399 or Email: asstdirector@buschwildlife.org

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