A wildlife rescue, and an up-close way
to learn about the Everglades.
Each animal has
a rescue story!
Each story offers a different
view into the Everglades.
Meet Bob Freer
The Wildlife Rescue is Bob’s home.
He and his wife Barbara live
with their rescued animals.
We take in injured animals, rehabilitate them, and release them back into the wild. We educate the public about the Everglades.
We believe in the dignity of every animal. Every animal deserves our love and respect. Every injured animal should have a place to get well.
See educational wildlife shows. Take an airboat ride. Meet the animals. Experience the Everglades up close and personal.
has a rescue story:
Sabal is a Florida Panther who was born into captivity. She had a brother, and they were both very sick when they were born. The brother died and the owner gave Sabal to the Outpost. Watch the video.
Kenya is a lemur. His former owner had all his teeth pulled so he couldn't bite. So Kenya began to need a special diet, which became too much work for the owner who decided to give Kenya away... Watch the video.
Despite its name, Gator is actually a pelican. He was rescued in the Everglades National Park, where he showed no fear at all of people. One of his wings was broken... Watch the video.
Zulu is a zebra who was originally acquired for a kids camp. Management didn't know that zebras are basically wild horses and not quite suitable for kids... Watch the video.
Godzilla is an alligator who was brought to the Outpost as a hatchling in 1988 by Florida Fish and Game officers. He has a prickly temperament... Watch the video.
Chewy is a camel originally from a farm in Central Florida where he got beat up by other male camels to a point that the owner did not want to deal with it anymore... Watch the video.
- Rounding up Alligators at the Everglades Outpost - Every once in a while, we have the opportunity of moving some of our alligators to another facility with more space. But first we have to get a hold of them... (video)
- Releasing a Hawk at the Everglades Outpost - Watch this video of a hawk being released at the Everglades Outpost after being rehabilitated.
- Dealing with Hurricane Irma - Hurricane Irma caused a lot of damage. Thanks for your ongoing help! (video)
- July 2017 Update: Volunteering at the Everglades Outpost - General Manager and Animal Curator Martha Frassica-Rivera explains that volunteering at the Everglades Outpost is a mix of fun and work.
- April 2017 Update: Feeding Romeo, the Tiger - Everglades Outpost volunteers Janey and Karl talk about the ins and outs of feeding Romeo, the tiger, and what it takes to be an Everglades Outpost volunteer.