Cape Coral Wildlife Trust NEEDS help fast!

Help us before it’s too late!  Wildlife habitats are being demolished by rapid real estate development which is displacing our native wildlife faster than native wildlife can adjust and relocate.  The problem is an alarming lack of habitat.  Our organization purchases conservation land to ensure all native wildlife have a safe home.

We are a registered 501 (c) Non-Profit and we are different! No one else does what we do. Other land trusts look to acquire large tracts of property. We purchase relatively small, city-sized lots of prime wildlife habitat for threatened and other wildlife species here in Cape Coral. Our city is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Consequently, development pressure on wildlife is extreme.

Established in November 2017, the Cape Coral Wildlife Trust currently owns 57 city lots providing habitat for gopher tortoises, burrowing owls and ALL the other wildlife species that depend upon their burrows. We are LITERALLY racing against time. The rapid pace of development in Cape Coral has pressed the urgency to purchase critically needed prime wildlife habitats before they disappearing daily.

Establishing gopher tortoise preserves in Cape Coral is critical to more than the preservation of gopher tortoise populations making it a keystone species. National Geographic states emphatically that the gopher tortoise is "crucial to the ecosystem of the southeastern United States. More than 350 other species — burrowing owls, coyotes, snakes, foxes, and more —use tortoise burrows to seek shelter and escape heat, fires, and predators. For this reason, gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species. If they disappear from an environment, the ecosystem will collapse in on itself.” The gopher tortoise is classified as State Threatened by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (

Our Land Trust has an accepted offer on a lot (see satellite image) with 90 days to close. In order to purchase this lot which currently houses a substantial Gopher Tortoise population, we need to raise $15,000.00. CCWT owns triple lot property Satellite map lots #25, 26 & 27 as well as a double lot on NW 36th Ave (satellite map lots #8 & 9. Close to the Charlotte Harbor Preserve, this lot is located in an area heavily marked with approx. 300 Gopher Tortoises. Adding this lot to our trust would provide a safe haven for the existing wildlife while holding conservation space for future wildlife. Please help us purchase this important land acquisition by donating to our Go Fund Me campaign. Again, We only have 90 days to raise the funds necessary to continue protecting this keystone species along with all the other species it supports. Thank you for reading about our organization and considering a donation.

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Suzanne Rosin
Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Wildlife Trust Inc
Registered nonprofit
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