The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and its board of directors have announced that Executive Director Linda Estep will retire effective at the end of the year.

It was a very tough decision for me to make, but I am confident it is the right one,” says Estep, who has served as the organization’s executive director for the past four and a half years. “I am excited for the future of CROW and plan to participate actively in a volunteer capacity.”

Since becoming the executive director in July 2014, Estep has helped CROW grow as an organization and state-of-the-art wildlife hospital. By working to increase awareness and support through the community, she has helped increase the annual operating budget by nearly 60 percent allowing the hospital to improve the medical care for Southwest Florida’s wildlife through research and conservation medicine.

Under Estep’s lead, CROW also initiated an endowment fund to ensure a future of care for native and migratory wildlife. Improvements to the Visitor Education Center, including live animal exhibits and live feed cameras of the hospital and treatment areas, have made CROW one of the top places to visit on Sanibel.

Linda’s love for wildlife is truly inspiring to everyone around her,” says Dave Nichols, president of the board of directors. “Her leadership at CROW will be greatly missed by the employees, students, volunteers and CROW supporters who have had the opportunity to work with her.”

A successor as Executive Director has been chosen by the board of directors, but has not yet been named due to current employment.

About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital saving the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond.  Through state-of-the-art veterinary care, public education programs and an engaging visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and our animals through wildlife medicine. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to www.crowclinic.org. If you find an animal that is in need of help, call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.