A New Director/A New Direction

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For nearly 35 years, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary has been rehabilitating injured animals, providing wildlife exhibits with animals unable to be released to the wild and educating South Floridians about the fascinating creatures that live in their neighborhoods, bodies of water, preserves and refuges.

Since 1994, David Hitzig has been the face and voice of the sanctuary as well as its executive director. “David has done an admirable job for the past 23 years and we thank him deeply for his direction and dedication,” said Peter Busch, owner of Southern Eagle Distributing and board chair of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. “David has decided to explore new opportunities and we wish him nothing but the best. But looking ahead, we are excited to announce his successor who has been with us for 13 years, Amy Kight.”

In Amy’s tenure at Busch Wildlife, she has served as volunteer coordinator, outreach director and worked most recently in the number-two position as animal care director. She has also been the media spokesperson for the center since September of 2017. “Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is an iconic Jupiter attraction and has done a magnificent job of education, preservation and rehabilitation over the years. It has been a privilege to be a team member. I am so very honored to now have the chance to work with the great staff, dedicated volunteers, generous supporters and remarkable board to expand and grow our services, facilities, team and community reach,” said Ms. Kight.

To arrange an interview with Amy Kight or a photo op at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, please contact Ms. Kight directly at director@buschwildlife.org or call her cell at 561.282.7906.

Amy is always available for comment on wildlife issues and incidents on short notice.

About Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary was originally founded in 1983 with the primary mission of wildlife rehabilitation by caring for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Sadly, the majority of the animals brought in for treatment had suffered injuries from human-related causes. To complement its rehabilitation efforts, the Sanctuary took on the additional mission of educating the public about nature, wildlife and environmental issues in 1989.

Joining forces with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation in 1994, the Sanctuary began focusing its energy on creating a facility that would bring wildlife and people together to develop community awareness of the value of Florida's natural resources, while promoting wildlife and habitat conservation.

In 1997, the Sanctuary developed a partnership with the Loxahatchee River District, which resulted in the construction of the Sanctuary’s current facility located on the District’s property in the Jupiter Park of Commerce.

The non- profit Sanctuary offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Florida’s wildlife and natural environments. More than just a “zoo” exhibiting caged animals, this unique refuge combines a nature center with a wildlife hospital. Nature trails and boardwalks lead visitors through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks and cypress wetlands. Along the trails are wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of native animals from eagles to panthers, crocodiles, foxes, bears and more. Each year, over 100,000 children and adults visit the Sanctuary and participate in the organization’s educational programs. The facility’s wildlife hospital treats over 5,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals each year with the end goal of returning recovered patients to the wild.

About Amy Kight 

Prior to her work at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Ms. Kight served as wildlife rehabilitator for the Ocean Impact Foundation and a control officer for the Palm Beach County Division of Animal Care and Control. She is a certified veterinary technician, a native Floridian and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Amy joined the staff at Busch Wildlife in 2004.

Source: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

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