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Welcome to our website!  We are the Key Deer Protection Alliance.  We're here to tell you about the Key deer, a very special endangered species unique to the Florida Keys, and how they (hopefully) are being saved from extinction... if their habitat doesn't keep disappearing.  As our name says, we are a group of citizens dedicated to protecting these endearing creatures, as extinction of any species bodes ill for our own survival.  

Please look around our website by clicking on the subjects on the menu to your left.  Enjoy learning about the Key deer and their existence on these islands, the threats they face, and about our organization and how we're helping to ensure survival of the Key deer.  And please consider joining KDPA.



Next Meeting Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:00 P.M.

Updates on the Screwworm Cases in the Keys
(Here is an excerpt from the Oct. 18 Key Deer Refuge News Release. For the complete document, click HERE.)

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with wildlife veterinarians to evaluate and select treatments to prevent healthy Key deer from becoming infested by screwworm, and to treat deer in the early stages of infestation. Treatments will be administered to Key deer by Refuge staff and partners on Cudjoe and Sugarloaf Keys beginning October 19th, and will continue on Big Pine and No Name Keys starting
October 20th.
Doramectin, an antiparasitic in the avermectin drug family, will be administered periodically via oral dose and subcutaneous injection. This drug will serve as both a preventative and a treatment for early-stage infections. Injectable antibiotics may also be administered to early-infected individuals under the appropriate conditions. Deer will be marked with a non-toxic paint to identify those who have been treated. Treatments will continue until screwworm infestations have subsided.

Those interested in assisting with the treatment effort should contact Kristie Killam, Park Ranger ( We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with the process. The Service encourages you to report any suspected infected Key deer to the Key Deer Hotline (305-470-6863, ext 7)

Residents who have warm-blooded animals (pets, livestock, etc.) should watch their animals carefully and seek veterinary care for open wounds, then report any potential cases to 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) or non-Florida residents should call (850) 410-3800."

Additionally, the release of sterile flies, a scientifically proven method to achieve screwworm eradication, began on Tuesday, Oct. 11.  More information is available here


Check the HELP KDPA page for details!


KDPA has endorsed an effort by the Florida Land and Water Legacy to pass a constitutional amendment. Check the NEWS & HAPPENINGS page for more info and the petition.

Meetings start at 7:00 PM  
(Second Thursday of the months of Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr)

Election of Board of Directors at the November meeting


KDPA will celebrate 27 years this year!!!

The Articles of Incorporation of the organization were filed with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations on May 2, 1989

Click here for some photos from the April 9 (2009) meeting and 20th anniversary celebration.

This website went online May 24, 2004.   Bookmark us and keep looking back for things we'll be adding.  Thanks for stopping by.

Throughout our website, clicking on the KDPA logo (left), or this button (right) will return you to this page.

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