Every year, the Conservancy cares for approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals. In honor of World Wildlife Conservation Day, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting a special day of family-friendly activities from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Conservancy Nature Center.

Dedicated to raising awareness of the need for wildlife conservation and the prevention of injury to wildlife, World Wildlife Conservation Day at the Conservancy will feature a mix of fun and educational activities for all ages. Activities include “Caring for Critters” puppet show, hands-on Junior Rehabber activities, wildlife face painting and a rehabbing relay race for kids, and an adult-themed “Working with Wounded Wildlife” presentation highlighting wildlife injury prevention and response, in addition to a Gordon B. Eagle dance party, gopher tortoise discovery, animal ambassador encounters and nursery window viewing for all ages.

Admission to World Wildlife Conservation Day is free for Conservancy members, with regular admission for non-members. For information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its programs, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.Conservancy.org.

Those that can’t make it to the event, but want to help the Conservancy protect our native wildlife, can send an item directly to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital through the Conservancy’s Wildlife Wishlist on Amazon at www.conservancy.org/wishlist.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.