The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) has been awarded certification at the Gold Level through the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (FL SEE) for its Visitor Education Center, Wildlife Walk program and Lunch and Learn program. The certification was presented at CROW’s Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, October 25.
FL SEE strives to encourage awareness and stewardship of Florida’s natural resources and heritage by offering a voluntary certification program to local tour operators. To become certified, FL SEE Associate members must complete a self-assessment, interview and anonymous evaluations of their tours or programs by FL SEE trained assessors. Successful candidates demonstrate their commitment to using best practices for ecological sustainability, natural area management and quality ecotourism experiences.
“CROW’s participation in this process will help to standardize the way visitors approach ecotourism” says Rachel Rainbolt, CROW Education and Development Coordinator. “We are excited to be at the forefront of this endeavor and hope our community partners will join us in the near future.”
CROW becomes one of 14 Certified Ethical Ecotour Providers in the state of Florida and only the third to be certified in Lee County. Southwest Florida is filled with fascinating wildlife, and CROW’s programs provide a unique opportunity to look into wildlife rehabilitation and meet the staff responsible for their care.
Wildlife Walks provide an opportunity for visitors to get an in-depth look into the inner workings of CROW’s hospital and the treatment process. The 1.5 hour program has two parts: an introductory presentation covering CROW’s medical and rehabilitation methods and then a guided tour through treatment areas of the hospital. Up-close experiences with Animal Ambassadors are included along the way.
For a schedule of upcoming programs at CROW, click here.