Von Arx Wildlife Hospital Expanding

By Rob Moher, Conservancy President and CEO


Through incredible philanthropic support, in 2013 the Conservancy of Southwest Florida opened the first phase of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital. Today, the $2.5 million facility admits approximately 3,200 animals a year and, because of our generous donors, we were able to create an endowed position for a full-time veterinarian.

This state of-the-art hospital includes triage, operating and treatment rooms, as well as separate recovery areas for mammals, reptiles and birds.

The von Arx Wildlife Hospital was the first building in Collier County, and the first wildlife hospital in the State to achieve LEED Platinum Certification for its environmentally-conscious design and construction. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

As our organization embarks on the next half-century, the need for replacing and expanding our outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and recovery spaces is urgent.


“If we don’t protect the water, the land, and advocate and educate, then the wildlife we’ve so carefully rehabilitated can never go home”

Dr. P.J. Deitschel
Veterinarian, von Arx Wildlife Hospital


For many of our von Arx Wildlife Hospital patients, the majority of their recovery time takes place outside — in a more natural setting. Our current outdoor wildlife recovery areas are outdated and do not serve the growing number and variety of patients we see.

Our board of directors and staff are deeply committed to improving and expanding these outdoor rehabilitation habitats. I invite you to join our efforts.

Please learn more about how you can support these important improvements. Your support will help us provide a higher level of care to our patients, rehabilitate more injured and orphaned animals, bring our facilities up to current standards and help educate the public about wildlife injury prevention.

Thank you for considering support of this most crucial project.

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