With Valentine’s Day approaching and love in the air, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida has created an entire week of fun, educational activities certain to find the soft spot in your heart.

“Love your Animals Week,” held Feb. 11-17, will showcase the variety of animals and nature programs at the Conservancy. Throughout the day, guests will be treated to animal encounters with the Conservancy’s special ambassadors and unique photo opportunities with wildlife.

Don’t be surprised if Gordon B. Eagle, the Conservancy’s official mascot, tries to lay a smooch on your cheek during a photo op.

“Everyone is in a loving mood around Feb. 14, and much like your significant other or your pet, these animals want to be loved, too,” said Dr. Heather Skaza Acosta, director of education for Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We’ll have a great mix of hands-on, interactive activities for all ages, and you just might fall in love with one of our amazing critters during your visit.”

Horatio, the Conservancy’s 14-year-old ambassador red-tailed hawk, along with his fellow ambassador animals, is hoping to collect a stack of valentines from his adoring fans. Children can write a Valentine’s Day message and deliver it to Horatio to brighten his day.

Special programs during “Love your Animals Week” will showcase the Conservancy’s mission. “Tender Loving Care” will allow guests to learn how the von Arx Wildlife Hospital thoughtfully rescues, rehabilitates and releases wildlife, while “Dare to Care” will explain how everyone can help prevent wildlife injuries and what steps to take after finding an injured animal.

The Conservancy’s Nature Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. To learn more about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.Conservancy.org.

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.