Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Refuge


Due to Hurricane Ian damage, the Wildlife Refuge facility is closed until further notice. Please watch the website for updates.



"From small beginnings came great things" represents the creation of the Hardee County Wildlife Refuge. From a few rough cages located around the perimeter of Pioneer Park to a model Refuge, dreams became reality when we relocated to our new facility in 2001. Today the Refuge is home to native Florida wildlife and a few exotic species, each housed in natural-type habitats.

Coming from various walks of life, each animal has been placed in our care with their own unique story. However, they do have one thing in common - they were in need of a forever home and could not survive in the wild. Now they are thriving in their refuge home, which provides nutritional food, shelter, and large physical areas for enrichment activity. Guests are encouraged to visit the Refuge and take a leisurely stroll among the tree tops on the elevated boardwalk and become educated about the animals that make the Hardee County Wildlife Refuge their home.


$4.00 + tax: Age 13 to Adult
$2.00 + tax: Age 6 to 12
Free: Under 5

Contact Information

RoseMarie Kerth - Animal Refuge Manager
650 Animal Way
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890
Office Phone (863 ) 473-4892

Hours of Operation:
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Wednesdays

Online Forms

For a(n ) Agenda Request Form, please contact Danielle DeLeon or Please call (863 ) 773-9430.