Wildlife Inc
PO Box 1449
Anna Maria FL 34216
Our mission:
  • Rescue and Rehabilitate ALL native wildlife species with the goal of returning all back to the environment.
  • Educate through audience-centered, content-specific classes and workshops for schools, civic and public groups, using non-releasable "education birds" and customized materials.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gail M. Straight
Board Chair Mr. Edward John Straight
Board Chair Affiliation Wildlife, Inc., Education & Rehabilitation Center
General Info
Organization DBA
Wildlife Inc., Education & Rehabilitation Center
Supported Organization N/A
Former Names
Wildlife Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2016
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $90,000.00
Impact Statement
The only Wildlife Rehabilitation Centerr in Manatee & Sarasota Counties that rescues ALL native Birds, Mammals and Reptiles. Unwanted Exotic Pets, also, find permanent homes here.
2015 Statistics:
  •   Rescued over 3,000 Birds, Mammals and Reptiles
  •  Released: over 2,250 back to the wild
  • .Provided over 50 Educational programs in schools, clubs, civic      organization, libraries and festivals using non-releasable            "education birds".
  • Wildlife Inc. "satellite" location at Mixon Farms, delivering 3 programs daily reaching over 100,000 visitors yearly.
Needs Statement

1.  Supplemental Funding for Food to rehabilitate the wildlife at our      center. 

                Rats - $1000 - $1500   cost per month

               Formula for mammals - $100 - $150 cost per month

               Worms $100 - $150 cost per month

               Fish $ 320 - 400  cost per month

 2. Donated Veterinarian services for injured wildlife.

 3. Volunteers for wildlife shows, educational workshops, and rescues.

Background Statement

From simple beginnings in 1987, Wildlife Inc., Education & Rehabilitation Center has grown to become one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation practices in Florida, as measured by the number of animals—between 3,000 and 4,000--treated annually.

Each species of bird, mammal, and reptile is different. Rehabilitators are highly trained, undergo constant continuing education, and are licensed by both State and Federal Governments.  Wildlife  Inc. provides an optimum healing environment consisting of complex nutritional, medical, and housing needs unique to each species we serve.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Rescuing and Rehabilitating ALL native birds,mammals and reptiles; serving all of Manatee, a majority of Sarasota and other surrounding counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Environment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Though many animals fall victim to natural causes-disease, storms and natural predation, most of the cases we get are caused by human interaction such as vehicle collisions, environmental toxic poisoning, injuries caused by fishing line and bottle containers, feral cats and released exotic, non-native species.  And, habitat loss due to rapid growth. We believe that all forms of native wildlife serve critical and complex roles in maintaining balance of nature.  We feel called to do what we can to maintain that balance.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Wildlife, Inc.. Education & Rehabilitation Center is the only ALL native wildlife species rehabilitation center in Manatee County.  Mainly supported by Individuals who share our commitment for the care of wildlife and  a smaller portion from animal welfare Grants. We rely mainly on volunteers to rescue, clean and feed the wildlife at our facility.
  • Using non-releasable birds, and customized materials, we educate students (David Sadkin, PhD) about wildlife, and heighten their environmental awareness.
  • We serve to foster a respect and appreciation for wildlife and our environment.
Budget $4,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Adults
Short Term Success
  • Happy Students
  • Being asked back to the same schools for over 20 years
Long Term Success
  • Students will have a deeper understanding and appreciation for wildlife, the environment, and their personal connection/impact on both.
  • This long term success can be measured by outside researchers in a longitudinal study. 
Program Success Monitoring
  • Program success is monitored by informal interviews with teachers at each school.
  • Q & A with students and David Sadkin, PhD
Program Success Examples
  • Personal testimony by teachers and students
  • Educate the general public about wildlife, the environment, and conservation.
  • Heighten environmental awareness and promote discussion of rational trade-offs between the needs of the natural and human environments.
  • Educate the public about some common hazards to wildlife and the environment.
Budget $15,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Exhibitions & Shows
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
  • Creating wildlife and environmental awareness with over thousands of people from all over country and world.
Long Term Success
  • A more educated public regarding wildlife and the environment
  • A healthier ecosystem in Manatee and Sarasota counties
  • A healthier wildlife population
Program Success Monitoring
  • Through public testimony and contact after the shows.
Program Success Examples
  • Public visits to wildlife center upon attending the wildlife informational booth.
  • Continued success of wildlife shows for over 20 years
  • Acquiring volunteers for future shows

We conduct yearly programs in over twenty-one public, private, magnet, and charter schools in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, and in over ten community organizations and senior citizen residences, from Sun City to the North, to the southern end of Sarasota County. We have designed and delivered programs for science fairs; and for schools serving children of migrant workers, disadvantaged girls from troubled environments, and children with autism-spectrum disabilities.

Budget $100
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Awhile ago, we received a letter from a teacher where we had done a program with our educational birds.  She had a young girl in her class that always sat in the back and never would speak.  Apparently, the girl was so thrilled by the birds and talk, that she went up to the teacher and for the first time, answered questions about our talk and eventually moved to the front of the classroom.  It made us realize the impact we can have on these children and look forward to each program we do.
Long Term Success Since starting our educational programs, we have seen an increase in awareness of wildlife and the environment.  Children will come up to us to remind us we were at their school.  Teachers invite us back year after year for programs.  Once people see our wildlife up close and personal, they are much more likely to keep an eye out for that injured or orphaned bird, mammal or reptile in need of our help.
Program Success Monitoring Many of the young children who have seen our programs, end up volunteering for us as they get older.   One young lady went on to become a veterinarian, one young man is now if medical school to become a surgeon.  Many of these young adults call, write and visit when in town and are grateful for the impact we had on them.
Program Success Examples Many of the young adults that have volunteered for us after seeing our programs have used the hours to achieve scholarship in college.  They return whenever they have a break to thank us for giving them the opportunity to grow with us and form the foundation for their education and adult life.
Program Comments by Organization The development of land has created more wildlife to be displaced, injured and orphaned. The increase in rescued animals mandated that our Food & Medication Budget be increased.  It is becoming more difficult to find release locations for the rehabilitated wildlife.  Feral Cats' Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return (TNVR) programs  have added stress on the release sites and additional injuries to the wildlife. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gail M. Straight
CEO Term Start Jan 1988
CEO/Executive Director Email gailstraight@wildlifeinc.org

Gail Straight, treasurer of Wildlife, Inc. and our licensed rehabilitator, has been past president, Vice President and Secretary of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (FWRA) and has been on its board for over twenty-two years. She edited the FWRA newsletter for fifteen years, and has had key roles in organizing its annual conference.

Along with as many as fifteen volunteers during “baby season,” Gail provides and supervises all rehabilitation and rescue activities, and is responsible for all the paperwork required by both federal and state licensure. A “normal” work day runs fifteen hours, and there are no “vacations.”

Gail has conducted programs for head trauma patients, and Christmas programs for children with severe and incurable diseases, and their families. Wildlife, Inc. has also participated in school science fairs, and programs, some for over thirteen years.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Mr. Damen Hurd Vice President for Wildlife Inc, Educaiton & Rehabilitation Center, And Education director at Mixon Farms/rescue specialist
Mr. David Sadkin Ph.D.Volunteer Director of Education Services
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
1) Permitted through  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

2) Permitted federally through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

3) Sheriff and Police Departments in Manatee & Sarasota Counties

  • Placement of non returnable wildlife and educational programs:

1) Mixon Farms

2) Elementary and Secondary Schools

3) Art Festivals

4)  Clubs and Churches

5) Sia:  The Comanche Nation, Ethno-Ornithological Initiative

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2016
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Wildlife Inc CEO and President awarded "Sun Persons of the Year"Anna Maria Island Sun2014
2016 Best of Bradenton Beach AwardBradenton Beach2016
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization The management of our facility is handled by the licensed rehabber and the President of the organization, the husband of the Rehabber.  It is overseen by the other Board Members. 
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization Our Future Plans and Policies are evolving to meet the needs of the community and the wildlife.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization

Why Are Rehabilitation Centers Needed?

Though usually unintentional, the vast majority of wildlife injuries are caused by humans. Though some animals fall victim to disease, storms, and natural predation, most of the cases handled by rehabilitators are caused by human interactions, including electrocutions, vehicle collisions, environmental toxic poisoning, and injuries caused by fishing lines, bottle containers, and predation by un-caged domestic animals, and released exotic, non-native species.

Another major source of both injured and orphaned animals is habitat loss—an unfortunate byproduct of rapid growth, but one that can be mitigated in ways that can meet the needs of both the animal and human environment.

All forms of wildlife serve critical, and sometimes complex roles in maintaining the balance of nature—a balance critical to the wellbeing of the planet’s ecosystem, of which we are a part.

We know that for all our good intentions, wildlife will continue to be displaced, injured and orphaned. We at the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. will continue to intervene for the benefit of all wildlife through the care, treatment and release of our native wildlife; education; and advocacy for rational environmental policies.

Our long-term goal is the acquisition of land and facilities for a larger and more adequate center and sanctuary that would permit a public display and education area dedicated to on-site environmental and wildlife education to better serve the community and the wildlife living there.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Edward John Straight
Company Affiliation Wildlife, Inc., Education & Rehabilitation Center
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email edjstraight@juno.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms Jennifer Ann Bieselin State College of Florida & Wildlife Inc Advisory Board member
Ms Linda Sue Hamilton Lifelong Financial Planning Owner & Wildlife Inc Baord Secretary
Mr. Damen Donald Hurd Wildlife Inc Vice President & heads Mixon Fruit Farms Widllife Refuge
Ms Gail Marie Straight Wildlife, Inc. Curator and Treasurer
Mr. Edward John Straight Wildlife Inc President and Retired EMS/911 Chief
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization Our number one goal is to help get all wildlife that comes into our door back to the wild. Many injuries, disease and the age of the animal prevents us for accomplishing that goal despite all of our efforts. Until a couple of years ago, all of the donated money went to the care of the animals until the Board recommended that the Rehabber get paid for her 24/7 days a week work.The Board over sees the day to day operations and makes recommendations as needed.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $90,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$84,742$67,460$64,469
Administration Expense$2,001$11,780$18,481
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.020.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%85%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$43,274$23,296$24,004
Current Assets$43,274$23,296$24,004
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,962$2,884$5,563
Total Net Assets$37,312$20,412$18,441
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $103,643Contributions, gifts, grants $81,211Contributions, gifts, grants $69,765
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Investment Income $11
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.268.084.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization For the past 5 years, 20% of our revenue came from a 2-day  island blood drive which has now been discontinued..  Applying for more Grants and increasing our advertising campaign for the Giving Challenge will make up for that loss.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from 990. 
Nonprofit Wildlife Inc
Address PO Box 1449
Bradenton Beach, FL 34216
Phone 941 778-6324