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Our History


The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary was originally founded in 1983 with the primary mission of wildlife rehabilitation by caring for sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals.  Sadly, the majority of the animals brought in for treatment had suffered injuries from human related causes. 

To compliment its rehabilitation efforts the Sanctuary took on the additional mission of educating the public about nature, wildlife, and environmental issues in 1989. 

Joining forces with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation in 1994, the Sanctuary began focusing its energy on creating a facility that would bring wildlife and people together to develop community awareness of the value of Florida's natural resources, while promoting wildlife and habitat conservation. 

In 1997 the Sanctuary developed a partnership with the Loxahatchee River District, which resulted in the construction of the Sanctuary’s current facility located on the District’s property.

Today, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary provides free comprehensive medical and rehabilitative care to over 5,000 wild animal patients each year with ultimate goal of returning recovered animals to their natural habitats.  Annually, over 100,000 children and adults visit the Sanctuary and participate in environmental programs, tours, and exhibits.

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