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A Visit to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
(Photo: Rick Munroe/Beach Magazine)
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a facility that treats sick and injured animals. After they treat an animal, they return it back to the wild. The facility treats many different animals such as alligators, eagles, snakes, foxes, panthers and bears. During the day Busch Wildlife Sanctuary allows the public to see the wild animals. The Sanctuary has around 500 animals that live on site, and some wild Bald Eagles visit the Sanctuary from time to time. David Hitzig the executive director of the Sanctuary said, “Wild Bald Eagles fly into the Sanctuary almost every day.” The Sanctuary is a great place to visit if you are interested in seeing wildlife up close.
Have you ever wondered what bears eat?
Those big furry animals have us all fooled. They eat less meat then some people might think.
One of the workers said, “The bears eat mostly fruit and vegetables. Sometimes we feed the bears fish, but they like the plant-based food more than meat.” These bears were actually born in the wild.
The bears were brought to the Sanctuary because their mother was a nuisance bear. Which means the bears’ mother was a trouble maker, so the cubs were transported to The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. The Florida Panthers, on the other hand, are more of the meat eaters. The panthers look ferocious and are extremely entertaining to see.
Though, the Sanctuary has many different animals to see. It is also a learning facility. The sanctuary has educational presentations for people that are
interested in learning about the animals. If you would like to learn more about their educational programs and community service opportunity’s please visit the Sanctuary’s website, the link can be found at the bottom of this article.
For a good cause
The Sanctuary’s mission statement is, “Dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida wildlife and natural resources through primary efforts of wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.”
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is non-profit organization and all their funding is acquired through donations. The Sanctuary has been open since 1997. Come check this place out it’s fascinating and you will be helping our ecosystem by supporting the animals. There are a ton of animals to learn about and it’s free, but donations are appreciated.
Hours: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Address: 2500 Jupiter Park Jupiter, Florida 33458
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