Welcome to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge!

For more than twenty years, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s daily operational goal has been the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife indigenous to Northwest Florida. The Refuge provides wildlife rescue services and environmental outreach to five counties in Northwest Florida; our staff is on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to assist local and state agencies in managing wildlife. The ECWR works with local governments, private businesses and individuals to protect habitats and the wildlife that live there.

As a leader in conservation education for the Emerald Coast, we offer educational programs for law enforcement and interested members of the community. The Refuge also partners with public and private schools to educate our youth on the importance of conserving our native species.

As we head into the future, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will continue to pursue the highest level of medical care, environmental education, and conservation efforts. Join us today as we take responsibility for the preservation of our precious lands and wildlife. Help us create a new tomorrow where all life is respected.

Our Mission

The mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) is education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. The ECWR is a not-for-profit organization made up of a caring staff and dedicated volunteers. We are supported through the generous donations of local residents and businesses.

Wildlife Assistance

Found an orphaned or injured animal? If you find an animal in need of help, follow these helpful steps.

Get Involved

The Refuge offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas including animal rescue, animal care, fundraising, education, and public relations - just to name a few. If you have a strength, talent or desire, we can help you put it to work helping the wildlife in our area.