Conservancy of Southwest Florida to host virtual Baby Shower for wildlife on June 5

Baby season in Southwest Florida is in full swing. Each spring, the longer days and warming temperatures trigger many native animals to begin breeding and nesting. This increase in activity results in a surge in admissions to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital; animal admissions double during spring and summer months.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s von Arx Wildlife Hospital, which treats injured, sick and orphaned animals, is hosting a virtual Wildlife Hospital Baby Shower on Saturday, June 5 to help raise awareness and support for its youngest patients.

Baby Shower contributors are encouraged to visit to learn about the hospital and how staff treat over 4,000 patients per year. With a 27% increase in admissions compared to this time last year, the team is hard at work caring for each and every patient. The von Arx Wildlife Hospital team is requesting Baby Shower donations of food, vitamins, husbandry items and household supplies, as well as monetary donations. Gifts can be donated online through the Conservancy’s Amazon Wish List.

“The von Arx Wildlife Hospital team’s dedication to caring for any mammal, bird or reptile is beyond compare. While baby animals require extensive time and focus, there is nothing more rewarding then raising the myriad of young wild animal babies admitted every year,” said Joanna Fitzgerald, director of the Wildlife Hospital. “The Wildlife Hospital Baby Shower is a unique opportunity to showcase how we’re providing the best care possible while helping community members learn how they can help.”

The Baby Shower gift registry is listed online at

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Conservancy relies on donations to provide items that are essential to patient care, ranging from food and medicine to medical equipment and cleaning supplies.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 56-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, the 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

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