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2017 Environment Grants

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources primarily through environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. They have created in Jupiter a living museum in which children and adults can learn about the natural history of Florida’s flora and fauna. Over two hundred native animals are represented at the Sanctuary: owls, eagles, herons, panthers, alligators, and more. This unique refuge combines a nature center with a comprehensive wildlife hospital. Our 2017 grant helps fund the purchase of a large animal transportation trailer that will have multiple uses. Each year Busch Wildlife treats over 5,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals, with the ultimate goal of returning recovered patients to the wild. 90% of these animals have suffered from some type of human-related injury. Some of the most common causes of injuries include: collisions with automobiles, fishing line entanglement, illegal gun shots, poisonings, attacks by dogs and cats, and more. Several times a year they must respond to calls for the rescue of large animals, which include:  white-tailed deer, bobcats, panthers, black bears, and even crocodilians. This trailer would also serve as a command post and triage center for complicated situations and/or other types of disasters such as oil spills and the aftermath of a hurricane.

McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary:  McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 200 resident animals. Some of the exotic animals were donated by wildlife officers after being confiscated from previous owners because of abuse, neglect, or illegal possession.  Others were pets that the owners could no longer care for and felt that McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary could provide the animals a safe haven.  In addition to their permanent residents, they treat hundreds of native animals in their rehab program and the animals are then released into the wild. Some animals, who cannot be released, act as animal ambassadors in their educational programs. Last year, Mark McCarthy, performed over one hundred educational programs in schools, camps, and events in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties. These programs increase awareness of our planet’s fragile wildlife.  Our 2017 grant will help fund a new van to safely transport animals.