Education, Conservation and Rehabilitation

for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna.


The mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) is education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. Run by caring staff and dedicated volunteers, the ECWR is a 501(c)3 non-profit with headquarters located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL and a zoological park in Crestview, FL.

We are supported through the generous donations of local residents and businesses.

ECWR provides wildlife rescue, rehab and environmental outreach to five counties in Northwest Florida. The Refuge rescues thousands of animals a year working closely with local law enforcement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect, treat and release native species. The Refuge also is the lead response team for the Federal Marine Mammal Stranding Network assisting with all marine-mammal strandings from mid-Walton County to the Alabama state line.

In 2013, The ECWR was asked to rescue an entire zoo and it became ECWR’s largest rescue and rehabilitation effort in the organization’s history. Today it is open to the public and a peaceful, tranquil and family-friendly home to 90+ happy and healthy, native and exotic critters.

The Zoological Park is a non-profit owned and operated animal park that features native Florida and exotic wildlife. Our Zoo is home to over 90 animals from all over the world including tigers, monkeys, tortoises, wolves, lemurs, a lion, a bear, otters, wallaby and many species of birds including many beautiful, free roaming peacocks, guinea fowl and turkeys.

Hours are:
– Summer Hours: Tues-Friday 10am-2pm, final admission at 1.
Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, final admission at 3

– Winter Hours:Tues-Sunday 10-4 final admission at 3.
Suggested Donation for Admission prices are:
$10 for adults
$7 for children ages 2-9
$1 off for Military- Thank You!

Field trips, birthday and private parties are welcome. For more information call (850) 682-3949.

We Need Your Support

Reconciling the needs of humans and the needs of others that share our planet seems an unattainable task; however, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge staff, volunteers, and members have a profound belief in human possibilities.

From the smallest communities to multinational efforts, it takes just one individual, one action, to inspire others who will continue to advance and meet our goals. It’s your turn to be that one individual. It’s your turn to take that action.

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october 2017

sat14oct9:00 am- 12:00 pmVolunteer Orientation9:00 am - 12:00 pm Okaloosa Island Public Safety Center (fire station), 104 Santa Rosa Blvd., FWB 32548

november 2017

sat11nov9:00 am- 12:00 pmVolunteer Orientation9:00 am - 12:00 pm Okaloosa Island Public Safety Center (fire station), 104 Santa Rosa Blvd., FWB 32548

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