Triage Center

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

105 Santa Rosa Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Welcome to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s daily operational goal is to rehabilitate and release all orphaned and injured wildlife indigenous to northwest Florida in accordance with good wildlife management practices. In addition the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge provides wildlife rescue services and environmental outreach to five counties in Northwest Florida. Refuge staff is on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to assist local and state agencies in managing wildlife. The refuge also works with local governments, private businesses and individuals to protect habitats and wildlife that live there. Our educational programs include training law enforcement personnel on the proper handling of wildlife as well as educational programs for the public. The refuge partners with the public and private schools to educate our youth on the importance of native species.

As we head into the future, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge will continue to pursue the highest level of medical care, environmental education, and conservation efforts. Join us today as we take responsibility for the preservation of our precious lands and wildlife. Help us create a new tomorrow where all life is respected.

Our Mission

The mission of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) is education, conservation and rehabilitation for the welfare of Florida’s natural fauna. The ECWR is a not-for-profit organization made up of a caring staff and dedicated volunteers. We are supported through the generous donations of local residents and businesses.

Wildlife Assistance


Found an orphaned or injured animal? For more information click here.


The Refuge offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas including animal rescue, animal care, fundraising, education, and public relations - just to name a few. If you have a strength, talent or desire, we can help you put it to work helping the wildlife in our area.