2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458, us

(561) 575-3399

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is Closed March 17, 2020 until further Notice

The Sanctuary is Closed March 17, 2020 until further Notice

The Sanctuary is Closed March 17, 2020 until further NoticeThe Sanctuary is Closed March 17, 2020 until further Notice

COVID-19 Updates

March 24, 2020

We are committed to our Mission: 

Amid all of the uncertainty and challenges, we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are well. It is no secret that we love wildlife.

While we are closed to the public, we are over-joyed that we can continue our mission of wildlife rescue, rehab, release and education.  The Sanctuary is continuing to accept sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and also released a few rehabilitated patients. THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to keep the mission going!

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See below for some updates. 

We had 83 animal intakes this week!

Hospital Spotlight:

Our 4 woman hospital team is working hard to accept and care for animals without the help of our normal volunteers.

  • This week a snapping turtle was brought into the wildlife hospital after being hit by a car. Our hospital team is providing it with the care it needs to recover and be released back into the wild.

  • We got in our first baby birds. Four common grackles were brought in due to a case of abandonment.

  • A mom opossum came in with minor wounds. She is being treated with her baby and they will be released as a family unit when mom has healed.

  • Similar to the recent Great Horned Owl we released, an owl came into us with respiratory infection. She is receiving nebulizing treatments twice a day, tube feeding, medications, and fluid therapy. She wasn’t able to stand or hold her head up upon admission. Now, she is able to stand and is starting to get some personality back! 

You can still be involved with the Sanctuary on social media. Join us for our virtual programs on Facebook and get some educational activities! 

Follow Along

Weekly Schedule:

Mondays- Alligator Feeding at 4pm

Wednesdays- Storytime at 9:30 am

Thursdays- Hunters of the Sky 12:30 pm

Fridays- Reptiles Rule at 12:30 pm

Saturdays- Wildlife Encounters 11 am and 2:30 pm 

Everyday- Wildlife Encounters at 3 pm

March 16, 2020


In this unprecedented time, everything is being impacted in a way that never could have been expected. At the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, supporters, animals, and the public is our utmost priority.

For the public:

We are taking the recommendations of the Governor and the CDC very seriously. Due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus we will be closing the Sanctuary to the public as of Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. All upcoming events will be cancelled/postponed. 

Upcoming events:

  • Alligator and Crocodile Enclosure Grand Opening (March 26) – Postponed until further notice
  • Eat, Learn, Grow: Let it Rot (March 17)* – Cancelled
  • Night Walk (March 28)* - Cancelled
  • Volunteer Orientations – Cancelled until further notice.
  • Easter Egg Hunt (April 4)* – Cancelled 

*If you have purchased tickets for these events, please consider donating the cost of the ticket or email us for a voucher for a future event. 

PLEASE If you are in a position to help the sanctuary make it through this difficult time, we would appreciate anything you can give. Loss of revenue from daily donations and education programming amounts to $1,000 - $1,500 per day. These funds are necessary for Busch Wildlife Sanctuary to continue our mission. Being a nonprofit, we rely on public support. During this time, we are in need of your help and support to care for the animals at the Sanctuary and incoming patients in the wildlife hospital. If you are in a position to help the Sanctuary through this time, please consider it. We are expecting donations to drop due to the economic state of the country, and will need the support more than ever.  Click Here

For our staff/volunteers/animals:

In addition to the closing of the Sanctuary to the public, we are also implementing proactive precautions for our essential staff who will still be coming in to care for the animals. Volunteers who are normally scheduled will be asked to stay home for their well-being. 

While the Sanctuary is closed, we will continue to accept injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife to our hospital. Please call ahead (561-575-3399) before you come to drop-off animals, as we will have new protocols in place. During this time, our regular volunteer rescuers will not be available. If there is a situation involving wildlife that is a threat to public safety, please call and we will do our best to assist with the limited team. 

Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.