Wildlife Inc
2207 Avenue B
Bradenton Beach FL 34217
Our mission:
To Preserve and Protect native wildlife through education and rehabilitation.
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
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1990
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS 501 C 3 Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
As the only Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Manatee and Sarasota counties who actively rescues ALL native forms of Birds, Mammals and Reptiles, we have endeavored to keep up with the increasing demand:
   In 2017, we:
       Rescued over 3,110 Birds, Mammals and Reptiles
       Released over 2,175 animals back to the wild
       Held a one-day First Responders Basic Venomous and Alligator training workshop   
       Provided over 48 Educational programs to schools, clubs, civic organizations, libraries and festivals using non-releasable "educational"
       Our "satellite" location at Mixon Farms delivered 3 programs daily reaching over 100,000 visitors
       Provided significant community outreach, tourism and promotional service to local and international audiences via a multitude of
Our primary Goals for 2018 and beyond is to :
       Treat , Rehab and Release wild animals back to a suitable environment
       Assist in re-homing unwanted exotic pets
       Continue educating the public through various programs and mediums 
Needs Statement


  1. Ford Cargo Transport Van plus fuel ($55,000)
  2. Land ($250,000)
  3. Food: Rats, Worms Fish, Mammal Baby formulas and other- $20,500 ( approx.$56.86 per animal)
  4. Veterinary Services- RX medication, Exams, Procedures- $27,000( approx. $9.00 per animal)
  5. Infrastructure- Maintenance of Cages, Tools, Utilities and other related costs- $5,000 ( approx. $1.67 per animal)


Background Statement

Over 30 years, 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 and as such has unique and differing requirements. . 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 that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the species we serve.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Rescuing, Rehabilitating and Releasing 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 some animals fall victim to natural causes such as disease, storms and natural predation, overwhelming,  nearly all cases are directly  related to some sort of human interaction.  These include vehicle collisions, introduction of environmental poison, secondary poisoning, release of non-native and exotic species, injuries or entanglement caused by fishing line, containers and alike. And, habitat loss due to rapid growth.  Imagine Florida without Alligators, birds and other animals that make up our fragile eco-system. No matter one's position on human impact, we cannot ignore or forget our.past nor should we turn a blind eye to our native species. If we have learned nothing from human history, our natural environment requires these types of interventions. Anything less will result in disaster.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Wildlife Inc., Education & Rehabilitation Center is the only ALL native wildlife species rehabilitation center in Manatee County.  We are supported mainly by Individuals who share our commitment for the care of wildlife with  a smaller portion from animal welfare Grants. We rely on volunteers to rescue, clean and feed the wildlife at our facility.
  • Using non-releasable birds, and customized materials, our Director of Education, David Sadkin, PhD, educates students 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
  • Informed and Amazed Students
  • 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
Education to the children and the general public is increasingly crucial due to the development of land, creating 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 suitable release locations for the rehabilitated wildlife. 
Feral Cats' Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return (TNVR) programs have added stress on the release sites and have caused 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-eight years. She edited the FWRA newsletter for twenty 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 completing and submitting all required federal and state licenses and permits.  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, for over thirteen years.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Rusty Dickson Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
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 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 28
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 Organization2018
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
Damen Hurd- Giving Challenge MillennialBradenton Herald2016
Where the wild things get help!SRQ Magizine2017
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization Management of Wildlife Inc, Education & Rehabilitation Center and the Mixon Farms "satellite" area are overseen by the licensed rehabilitator and the President of the organization.  The other Board Members are brought in when it becomes necessary. 
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 2017 to Dec 2019
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 Wildlife Inc., Education & Rehabilitation Center's number one goal is to get ALL wildlife that comes through our doors back to the wild. Many injuries, disease and the age of the animal prevents us from accomplishing that goal despite all of our efforts. Two years ago, the Board recommended that the Rehabber should be paid for her 24/7 days a week work. The Board over sees the day to day operations and makes recommendations as needed.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $95,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$89,092$84,742$67,460
Administration Expense$3,619$2,001$11,780
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.051.191.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%98%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$134,336$43,274$23,296
Current Assets$134,336$43,274$23,296
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$5,962$2,884
Total Net Assets$134,336$37,312$20,412
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $175,205Contributions, gifts, grants $103,643Contributions, gifts, grants $81,211
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBP Economic and Property Damages $14,5300 $00 $0
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 Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--7.268.08
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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.. In 2016, we applied and received additional Grants and increased our Giving Challenge campaign which did result in over-achieving the loss of the previous Blood drive funds.
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 2207 Avenue B
Bradenton Beach, FL 34216
Phone 941 778-6324