Shorebird Aviary

Our new $100,000 state-of-the-art Felburn Shorebird Aviary is now open to our visitors!

Thank you to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and the Felburn Foundation for making all this possible!!!

In addition, a Big thank you goes out to James Curry, Michael Langione, Dave Dearth, Justin Brand and Robert Brooks for all their help with all the landscaping.

Felburn Wildlife Care Center

The Felburn Wildlife Care Center

Dedicated September 24, 2008 – A Partnership in Parks Project

This new state-of-the-art Felburn Wildlife Care Center expands facilities for the care of Florida’s native wildlife at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The new facility was made possible through a generous donation from the Felburn Foundation to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Inc. This was matched with state funds as a Partnership in Parks* project.

The 8,000 square foot Felburn Wildlife Care Center encompasses a commissary for animal diets, a veterinary clinic, offices, intern/biologist/researcher housing for up to four persons and a wildlife quarantine section. The wildlife quarantine is a restricted area consisting of ten multi-use bays: six are 10’ by 10’, and two can convert to 10’ by 20’. Each concrete bay is constructed with nine-gauge core galvanized, one-inch chain link strong enough to hold Black Bears and Florida Panthers.

The new wildlife care center is double the size of the former facility and will aid in the recovery of the native wildlife including such endangered species as West Indian Manatee, Key Deer, Red Wolves and Whooping Cranes.

*The Partnership in Parks program, established in 1996 by the Florida

Garden Gazebo

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park funded this beautiful gazebo. It is located in the Garden of the Springs (see video above) and was completed in April 2010.

Garden of the Springs

Please watch our Garden of the Springs short video. More details coming soon…

Outreach Projects

Please watch our Outreach Projects short video. More details coming soon…

Wildlife Walk

Dedicated 1999 & 2004 – A Partnership in Parks Project*

The Partnership in Parks Program made Wildlife Walk Phase I and Wildlife Walk Phase II possible.* The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park raised sixty percent of the total funds, with the state of Florida providing the remaining forty percent to make this project a reality. It took the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park three years to raise the funds for Phase II. These funds were matched with state funding.

The Friends raised their portion through a variety of methods ranging from large public events to selling popcorn. Additional contributions were received from visitors, businesses, and foundations.

Phase II of the Wildlife Walk includes habitats for the cougar, panther, bobcats, black bears, and reptiles as well as over 1,000 feet of elevated boardwalk, two combination rain shelters and overlooks, the Wildlife Encounter Pavilion, two bridges and a rest room facility. The Wildlife Walk is a multi-phase project.  The first phase of the Wildlife Walk was completed in 1999 and Phase II in 2004.

*The Partnership in Parks program was established in 1996 by the Florida Legislature to encourage and facilitate public and private partnership for park improvements.

The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1991 to support the goals of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.