How did the North Florida Wildlife Center get started?
The North Florida Wildlife Center originally started as a bird sanctuary in Tallahassee, and quickly outgrew its original purpose to serve a much greater need for educational outreach and wildlife conservation. The center moved outside city limits to fulfill our animals’ space requirements and today is home to animals ranging from reptiles and amphibians to exotic birds, kangaroos, and endangered lemurs.
How has the North Florida Wildlife Center grown since it started?
The center has grown exponentially since it has started, with the addition of many new animals, habitats, staff, and conservation projects in other countries.
What brings people to the North Florida Wildlife Center?
The opportunity to meet some of the world’s most rare and endangered species in the flesh is the main factor bringing people to the NFWC. We also offer the opportunity for visitors to interact with some of our animal ambassadors, including our critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Saka & Akondro).
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened at the North Florida Wildlife Center?
One of the craziest things that has happened at the NFWC is the birth of a critically endangered brush-tailed bettong, Tasman! Brush-tailed bettongs are a highly endangered, dwarf, nocturnal, insect and fungi eating macropod (kangaroo) species. We are absolutely ecstatic to have the first endangered animal born here at the center!
What’s next for the North Florida Wildlife Center?
The NFWC hopes to continue to carry out its mission of environmental and wildlife conservation. Our facility is a home to rare, endangered, and rescued animals that have no where else to go. With the public’s help, we will be able to continue this mission and inspire the future generations!
How are you getting through these trying times?
We are just making it through these trying times with the support of visitors and donors. We are always looking for donors and sponsors, as well as volunteers to help us stay afloat during these times.
What’s your capital city pedicab connection?
Mike Goldstein 🙂