Our Address is: 8626 SW Citrus Boulevard - Palm City, Florida 34990
772-286-6200 voice   772-286-6220 fax     click here for a map

TCWH is a 501(c)(3) charity. One hundred percent of your contribution goes to TCWH. Zero percent is retained by professional solicitors. Our Florida Department of Consumer Services registration number is SC06659. Our Federal ID number is 59-2410883. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

The Starfish Story
This story, told countless times with various changes of characters, is originally from the book "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eisley. We believe it explains some of the reasons for wildlife rehabilitation.

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy repeatedly picking things up and gently tossing them into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"

The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the water. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die."

"Son," the man said, "don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and thousands and thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make any difference!"

The boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling up at the man, he said "It sure made a difference to that one!"

Goals and Purposes

The Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital (TCWH) is a private not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the conservation of natural habitats. We are not a government agency. All funding for our efforts comes from public and private grants and from concerned people thoughout the community. Our goals and purposes include the rehabilitation and return to the wild of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, as well as informational services directed toward the public at large. Founded by Jean Henry and Ruth Stanwood in 1974, the Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital is the only facility of its kind serving Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach counties in Florida.

TCWH operates a comprehensive medical and rehabilitative facility for the care of wild animals. Our clinic accepts literally thousands of wild patients each year, providing treatment for animals as diverse as bobcats, eagles, alligators, and songbirds. Roughly 10 per cent of the animals treated belong to "Listed" species (Endangered, Threatened, Species of Special Concern). Upon completion of their rehabilitation, these animals are returned to suitable wild habitats.

Our staff includes both trained professionals and dedicated
volunteers from all walks of life. In addition to our rehabilitative services, we provide public education in a number of ways. Environmental Educators bring Outreach Programs featuring live animals to a variety of school and adult groups, and conduct guided interpretive tours through many of the natural habitats in south Florida. Our educational efforts are designed to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the unique and fascinating wild places and wild animals found here.

community services are also available through the TCWH. We are involved with the managment of urban wildlife, offering both help and advice to homeowners as well as businesses who encounter wild animals in their daily lives. Our staff answers about 100 telephone calls a day, many of which are requests for information about wildlife.

Your Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital is a community resource. Educators and homeowners, tourists and residents alike, all benefit from our various programs and services. Your membership in the TCWH will allow us to continue these efforts.

TCWH is currently in the process of creating a new facility, the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. This ambitious project will allow us to enhance the services provided to our wild patients, and to our human community.






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Our history

Founder Jean Henry

Our future

Staffer Tim Brown