Key West Wildlife Center, Key West

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#16 of 23 in Parks in Key West
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  • This center does incredible work rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals! They have a bunch of feral Key chickens, hawks, herons, gulls, pelicans, turtles, and a kestrel! The animals are all in clean...  more »
  • We were surprised that no fee is involved just a request for a donation. Lovely area. Walk around the trails and see Ibis', turtles and many other creatures. There is a caged section that houses injur...  more »
  • Small and hard to view birds that needed shade. Turtle pond was nice. free but not really worth the time to visit.  more »
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  • (long story) While visiting Key West my boyfriend and I went swimming near the fort Zachary Taylor picnic area at the beach. We noticed a pelican on one of the rock formations/islands near the beach and decided to swim out and get a closer look. We watched it for about an hour while talking and tanning on the rocks. The pelican didn't move from the rock it was standing on for the entire time that we were there even though they were a couple of groups of people near it (about 10-20 feet away). We even noticed that the pelican had a fishing lure trapped in its wing and fishing line around its body that was preventing it from flying. One of the other guys on the rocks also noted that the bird was quite thin. My boyfriend and I discussed helping the bird but knew that it would make it uncomfortable and possibly bite creating a safety issue that might further injure the bird. We left the rocks but the thought of the struggling bird made my heart sink. So we called the Key West Wildlife Center and a very nice lady answer the phone. I gave her a description of the Pelican and where it was located. She then told me that Pelicans are Territorial and the bird would probably return to that spot if it left. The next day I received a text with a picture of the pelican. They had found the bird, take it in, and giving it the care it needed. Words cannot describe how amazing that moment was for me. Thank you Key West Wildlife Center, stay awesome! I will remember this moment for a long time :)
  • Feeding turtles and watching the huge iguanas was fun. But not a lot of birds and kind of hard to see. Great time for younger kids and week with the free price!
  • Nice, small little center doing important work. It's not quite as good for visitors as some sanctuaries.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Very glad they exist and take such good care of the injured birds. They gave us food to feed the turtles. It was a nice stop outside the usual Key West hustle.
  • Great thing to do for free, and lovely staff who really care about the rehabilitation of the animals brought in. The only downside is that it isn't very big, we only spent about half an hour here which included standing at the pond for a long while with the ibis.

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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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