This is from one of our local wildlife rehabilitation facilities. The Treasure Coast Wildlife Center is in Palm City, FL, and can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Dan Martinelli passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Dan was the beloved leader of our Treasure Coast Wildlife Center for more than 25 years. We at the Wildlife Center are so grateful to have had the privilege of working with him and benefiting from his vast knowledge and deep passion for wild animals and the natural environment. Those of us who knew and loved him will miss him dearly.
Dan was the face and voice of the wild creatures we care for and his spirit will live on through them and through all of us. The best way to honor him is to carry on and continue the work we do here every day to help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
We are planning a celebration of Dan’s life and will reach out again soon with more details. Until then, we encourage you to share your memories, thoughts and photos of Dan here on this page or private message them to us.