This year, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary has treated hundreds of native animals that were sick or injured. Everything from foxes to bobcats, Sandhill Cranes to pelicans, hawks, owls, and many others have received veterinarian care by our staff and then were released back into the wild. Without the support of our volunteers and members, it would be impossible to continue the work for this valuable cause.
Many of the exotic animals have been donated to us by wildlife officers who confiscated these innocent creatures from the previous owners because of neglect, abuse, or illegal possession. Some were pets that owners could no longer care for and felt McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary would provide the animals a safe haven.
With over 170 permanent resident animals at the sanctuary, the cost of housing these magnificent creatures is staggering. Twenty-two of the animals are large cats and being carnivores, they consume one thousand pounds of meat each week.
All of our funding comes from the community and, in return, we provide an excellent educational program that is thrilling and informative.
Then in 1990, Mark moved to Palm Beach County and built the McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on five acres of slash pine and palmetto forest in West Palm Beach, this is where he decided that the children of the world should learn to respect the land and nature around them. Then Mark started the educational programs. The response was sensational. For the past sixteen years, he has performed over 6,000 wildlife programs reaching over 500,000 students in South Florida. He has taken in over 4,000 injured native animals and saved the lives of hundreds. Hundreds of exotic animals have been adopted by the sanctuary over the years and many are now permanent residents.