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“Interesting place to visit”

Key West Wildlife Center
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US$112.88*
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Small Group Kayak and Snorkel Eco Tour
Ranked #64 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: The Key West Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility. We cover all native species rescues from mile marker 0-15 in the Florida Keys. Our mission is "Ensuring the future of our diverse native wildlife through timely rescues and quality rehabilitation with the hope of release back to the wild." Our main focus is avian species but we do partner with other organizations to rescue Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals and other native wildlife in distress. Visitors to our center and enjoy a nature trail through the Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park. This park is very important for migrating birds and is a popular spot among birders. We have a small number of permanent resident avian education ambassadors that can be seen but most of our space is dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured birds. The rehabilitating birds are not on display to the public in accordance with our state and federal permits. We are open 365 days a year and there is never any admission fee to our facility. We do accept donations to keep our rescue and rehabilitation services going.
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We happened upon the Key West Wildlife Center and really found it to be very interesting and informative. They provide a wonderful service to rehab injured animals to be released back into the wild. They have a small wooded trail that you can walk back to a small pond where there are native birds, turtles and iguanas. Very peaceful and relaxing. Would recommend this as a place to check out. The people who run the facility are very kind and willing to help or answer questions. Make a donation to support this wonderful service. Educational.

1  Thank Evelyn S
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

We looked up "free things to do in Key West" and this hit the list. It's about a 2 acre piece of land that they have maximized in support of the wild life of Key West. While it mostly houses various birds that have gotten in to trouble one way or another, and this includes the famous Key West Chicken :-) It is also a haven for other reptiles as it contains one of the few fresh water ponds on the island. The iguanas are monstrous and colorful! The staff loves to share stories about some of the volunteer residents that hang out on the front porch and occasionally stroll in to the office.
Take your lunch (there's a couple of tucked away picnic tables), take the kids and explore....leave a donation for these awesome folks to continue this incredibly important community service.

4  Thank Allentowntoboston
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

This place does a wonderful service to the community in its rescuing of birds, turtles, and iguanas. This is not a zoo, as the previous reviewer said, but you can get a good look at some of their rescued birds, see multitudes of chickens, and try to spot turtles and iguanas in their pond. Not too thrilling, but a small example of goodness in the community.

1  Thank Amanda E
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

Two important suggestions: Visit at lunchtime and bring your lunch, and stop at the office to get some turtle food.
This is a rescue facility and not a zoo. But it would be a great place to bring the kids for a short visit. They have ample free parking and there is no fee to enter. A donation is welcome ( and I expect needed). Get some animal food at the entrance.
Walk around the aviary and see the rescued birds and read their stories. Then stroll toward the pond and have your lunch at one of nice picnic tables in the shade. You will be visited by the birds and you can give them some of the food you got at the entrance.
After lunch continue on to the pond and see the turtles. There are also some large iguanas that will be near the pond. Maybe you can get a photo of them as they scamper up the tree. Just don't let the kids get too close and they don't seem to be afraid.

6  Thank Dave E
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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

Nothing fancy at all, but it's about the animals. This is a wonderful place to learn about the birds that make Key West their home, or visit Key West while traveling.
Key West Wildlife Center provides animal rescue for injured or sick animals in the Keys. Please make a visit, and a donation if you can while there.
We love this place!!!

Thank Michaelkasperski
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