Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, Orlando

4.6
#10 of 11 in Wildlife in Orlando
Back to Nature was incorporated in June 1989 by Founder, Carmen Shaw, in Bithlo, FL. It is now managed by 3 paid staff and a board of directors.

Debbie Helsel(Executive Director), Kelly Verduin(Administrative Manager), Trenna Englemann(Animal Care Specialist),

Senior Lead Volunteers:

Alissa Himelfarb(Animal Care Technician), and Lindy Williams(Animal Care Technician).

Open to the Public for Injured and Orphaned wildlife intake and visitation Tues.-Sunday 9am-4pm. Wildlife is, however, also accepted on Mondays. Closed Major Holidays. Wildlife Walk $5 admission (donation)
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  • We visited the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge for a guided tour and we had a great time. Our tour guide was really nice and very informative. It was interesting to see the variety of animals and to le...  more »
  • Don't miss a trip here, it's a gem the animals are so well looked after with spotlessly clean habitats and food, they look so healthy and happy. Of course they are rescued and sadly can't be released ...  more »
  • A quick trip to see the animals. Worth it if you are in the area, it is $5. Also, offers a quick hike to the lake where you may spot some gators and butterflies. Enjoy.  more »
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  • The place is small but the animals are so well cared for. On Dec. 2nd they are having a Xmas open house from 2-4 which would be great to support. We were very impressed.
  • This place is small but is definitely worth it. Admission is more of a contribution for the animals, it's a pay what you want type of thing. My family and I went to animal kingdom earlier this week and we saw more animal behavior here, things I never saw before. It was a very juice place, and I would definitely return whenever I come back to Florida.
  • What a wonderful place and such a great cause for rehabilitation of rescued animals. I took a rescued baby squirrel I have been taking care of took me several phone calls to find a place for little Zippy. The staff BTN were so nice, helpful and understanding that I had become attached to little Zippy after recusing him and taking care of him ever so gently that it was hard to give him up. When I left there I was so relieved to know he was in good hands and would be with other squirrels to be raised and released back to the wild. I want to say Thank you to the kind staff today and for all they do. If you want to donate for a good cause please donate to Back to Nature Wildlife. Gaye Shanks
  • More like a nature pound. Few animals for the space provided. Family was disappointed with this experience.
  • An amazing place and organization. Family and kids will enjoy. Besides animal rescue and rehabilitation they play a pivotal role in trying to sustain natural habitats and build awareness. If you enjoy nature and animals you'll appreciate what this organization is about.

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