Wildlife Inc
PO Box 1449
Anna Maria FL 34216
Our mission:
  • We provide treatment and care for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning all native species back to the environment.
  • We provide audience-centered, content-specific classes and workshops for schools, and interested civic and public groups, using non-releasable "education birds" and customized materials.
  • Through our educational workshops our goal is to heighten awareness and promote discussion of rational trade-offs between the needs of the natural and human environments in an era of rapid change.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gail Straight
Board Chair Mr. Edward John Straight
Board Chair Affiliation Wildlife, Inc.
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2015
State Registration Yes Dec 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $78,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
In 2012, Wildlife, Inc. provided 65 educational programs for children and adults at schools, clubs, civic organizations, libraries and festivals using our non-releasable "education birds."  We also maintain a public presence at Mixon Fruit Farms and deliver 3 programs a day 6 days a week.  We reach over 100,000 people in a year through these programs educating on wildlife and the environment.
Needs Statement

1. A donation of a centrally located property in Manatee County for Wildlife Center.

2. Accepting donations to fund the building of a federally required, 100 foot flight cage, to condition birds for release, ranging from eagles to sea birds.  Cost of labor and materials:  $80,000.

3. Food donations and/or funding for wildlife per month:

               Rats - $1000 - $1500

               Formula for mammals - $100 - $150

               Worms $100 - $150

               Fish $ 320 - 400

 4. Donations of veterinarian services for injured wildlife.

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

Background Statement

From simple beginnings in 1987, Wildlife Education and 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. We provide about 90% of the rehabilitation services for Manatee County, and 50% for Sarasota County, Florida.

Since 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. We create 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
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Environment
wildlife, environment, education, animals, nature conservation
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Wildlife, Inc.is one of the only rehabilitation center in Manatee County which makes us very busy all year long.  We receive no government support and rely heavily on our great group of unpaid volunteers to help with rescues and feeding and cleaning.  Our support comes from the generosity of individulas and groups who share our commitment.
  • 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

Over the past several years, we have conducted 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 more land has created more wildlife cases which in turn creates more money for food and caging.  We work very hard on our blood drive once a year in which we receive $100 per person that donates in our name.  Finding new locations to release wildlife is an ongoing problem.  Feral cats have added to the problem of releasing songbirds, small mammals and some native reptiles.  We have found some new locations with the help of facebook friends that let us release on their acreage.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gail 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 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 N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
  • Assistance in rescue and transport of injured, sick or orphaned animals: 

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

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
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
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
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
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
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.
Board Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2015
Board Chair Email edjstraight@juno.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms Jennifer Ann Bieselin State College of Florida
Ms Linda Sue Hamilton Lifelong Financial Planning
Mr. Damen Donald Hurd Mixon Fruit Farms/Wildlife, Inc.
Ms Gail Marie Straight Wildlife, Inc.
Mr. Edward John Straight Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development?
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
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 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
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
Governance Comments by Organization The biggest challenge facing wildlife rehabilitation today is the lack of facilities throughout the State.  Every year, more and more facilities are closing due to lack of funding which makes the impact on the rest of us much more difficult financially along with an overload of wildlife to handle.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $78,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years?
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$67,460$64,469$87,652
Administration Expense$11,780$18,481$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.840.68
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%78%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$23,296$24,004$37,934
Current Assets$23,296$24,004$37,934
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,884$5,563$6,319
Total Net Assets$20,412$18,441$31,615
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $81,211Contributions, gifts, grants $69,765Contributions, gifts, grants $59,443
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Investment Income $11Investment income $196
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 Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.084.316.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The private donor that put on our island blood drive discontinued it.  That used to bring in between $10,000-$20,000 for us in two days.  The loss of that has hurt us and the blood bank, but we are applying for other grants and working hard to make up that lost income.
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
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone 941 778-6324