Frequently asked questions
Why does Busch Wildlife Sanctuary need to move?
- Busch Wildlife Sanctuary purchased 20 acres so it can better accommodate the growing number of wildlife needing our care in a state-of-the-art facility that will be ours in perpetuity. Currently, we are working in aging facilities on 11 acres owned by the Loxahatchee River District and our lease agreement expires in March 2022.
- The new facility will be a state-of-the-art animal rehabilitation center with enclosures that offer top quality animal care that meet or exceed national standards. It will also include a large educational amphitheater where we can introduce wildlife and provide educational presentations.
- The Sanctuary is already widely respected in the wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education fields, and this new, expanded facility will set a new standard of excellence for not only Florida, but for facilities around the world.
- By developing the new property as a sanctuary, Busch will be keeping the land relatively open without ever being developed. Buildings on the site will be designed to naturally fit into Jupiter Farms rustic and natural setting.
Where is the new property?
The new property is located at Rocky Pines Road and Indiantown Road, just west of 1-95. Our new home will be more visible, will have easy accesses to visitors and ample parking.
What is the cost?
The total cost of the project is approximately $10 million.
Where do the funds come from?
Individual donors, foundations, corporations, state and local funding, guest donations and in-kind support have sustained the Sanctuary. As we move into our next chapter we will look for more avenues for fundraising in the future to sustain our facilities.
What does Busch Wildlife do?
- In the past 30 years, we have had served 62,000+ animal patients – about 6,000 this year alone - and been able to educate some 1.7 million visitors on wildlife conservation and environmental preservation.
- We are NOT a zoo. We are a sanctuary for rehabilitating our native wildlife and educating the public on our environment and conservation needs.
How do neighbors feel about having the sanctuary there?
They are welcoming it with open arms, expressing pleasure that it will keep the land open and in keeping with Jupiter Farms, ensuring that wildlife in the area is preserved. We’ve had many letters of support, including our close neighbor, the president of the Jupiter Farms Homeowners Association.
What's the timeline for construction?
Permits from the County have been approved and architectural plans are underway. We hope to break ground in the summer of 2021, with infrastructure and buildings to follow.
How do you plan to move all the animals?
Our permanent wildlife residents are being trained in anticipation of the move. They are made familiar with the handling required to move them, regularly put through the steps needed to move them safely and calmly so that it will be routine to them when the time comes. We expect all wildlife to be moved safely and calmly within a week of the completion of the facilities that will house them.
Why should I be involved in this project?
The native wildlife we are rehabilitating are a crucial component of South Florida’s natural environment. They are part of the natural chain that maintains our environment. Those that cannot be returned to the wild because of the natural of their injuries, are our best ambassadors in our efforts to educate the public.
Is Busch Wildlife Sanctuary a part of Busch Gardens in Tampa?
No, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is not part of Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is an amusement park and zoo. The Sanctuary is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, with a mission to rescue, rehabilitation and release of native wildlife.
Is Busch Wildlife named after Busch beer?
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary was named after one of our generous donors and the chairman of our board, Peter Busch. Mr. Busch is part of the family that formerly owned Anheuser-Busch, which was sold to the InBev Company in 2008.
Why doesn't Peter Busch and his family pay for all the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary expenses?
The Busch family is involved in many highly valued philanthropic endeavors to benefit local communities. Their vision for the Sanctuary began 30 years ago and continues to be help to create a facility that individuals, corporations, foundations, and government would embrace and support into the future. It worked and all involved get satisfaction that they are supporting a valuable local resource and, ultimately, our native resources.