Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a little oasis (a sanctuary for both wildlife and people) in the midst of our growing Jupiter community. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary has something for everyone, young and old alike. From story time for parents with toddlers to family night-walks, the Sanctuary’s education activities reach into the community by offering programs such as Junior Naturalist, community service, guided tours, wildlife presentations, and much more.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources through the primary efforts of wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary was originally founded as the Animal Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in 1983. This non-profit organization was established with the main function of caring for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Recognizing the need for community environmental education programs ARC changed its name in 1990 to the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Environmental Education Center and added the additional mission of promoting wildlife and habitat conservation through a variety of community environmental outreach programs. In 1994 the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation joined forces with the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Environmental Education Center to create the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary at the Loxahatchee River District, which opened to the public in 1997.
Over 100,000 children and adults visit the Sanctuary each year and an additional 20,000 people participate in the Sanctuary’s outreach programs, tours, and exhibits. Area residents have taken pride in helping Busch Wildlife Sanctuary to grow into a valuable community resource. The Sanctuary offers area residents and visitors a unique opportunity to learn about nature through interactive educational programs. The Sanctuary’s wildlife rehabilitation efforts provide a much needed community service in helping sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals.