In 2020 ANIMA admitted and cared for 6228 wild animals.
34% of the intakes were passerines (House sparrows, various finches, corvids, starlings, swallows, blackbirds, etc.), 15% reptiles (mainly tortoises), 14% birds of prey, 5% mammals, 4% seabirds, 2% wading birds/shorebirds. The remaining 24%, titled ‘other’, are mainly Collared doves.
It is quite indicative that in the area of Athens and the suburbs most intakes involve passerines (39%) while birds of prey usually come from Greek provincial areas (25%).
The main causes of admission are, as usual, accidents (43%), spring and summer ‘orhans’, confiscations/illegal trapping (22%), disease (mange, infections, etc, 4%). The total per cent of shot wildlife amounts to 2% of the intakes for the entire country (and to 3% of only provincial intakes). These were 100 animals in total, 99 birds and 1 fox. 94 out of these 99 birds were strictly forbidden for hunting species, with 40 Buzzards (Buteo buteo) comprising the biggest part of illegally shot wildlife. It must be stressed here that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, hunting was forbidden for the largest part of the ’20-’21 hunting season.
As for accidents, it is worth pointing out that cat attacks have become the prevalent cause of accidents, as a very big number of intakes comes from urban areas. This is also why glass panel collisions are the second cause (6%), followed by collisions with vehicles (4%). Electrocutions amount to 2%, but it is not a negligible figure, since it translates into 54 birds, of which 14 were Buzzards (Buteo buteo), 10 Eurasian Eagle owls (Bubo bubo) and 9 White storks (Ciconia ciconia).
As shown in the statistics pie charts, the largest per cent of ‘accidents’ remains unspecified/unidentified. These are the cases where the cause cannot be identified with certainty.