ANIMA – Wild Life Conservation Society – is an association and was founded in 2005, from people with long experience in the care of wild animals in Greece as well as from veterinarians, biologists, foresters and friends of nature and wild life. It collaborates with special scientists and has a scientific committee.
One of the main objectives of ANIMA is the nursing and rehabilitation of wild animals in their natural environment. With datum that there is no governmental institution existing in Greece dealing with this matter, ANIMA in collaboration with other organisations that deal with the care of wild animals come to meet a basic need for the protection and maintenance of wild life in the country.
Receiving wild animals from all over Greece, ANIMA nurses in annual base above 4.000 birds, mammals and reptiles. Among these animals are many rare threatened and endangered wild animals.
ANIMA collaborates on a stable basis with a veterinarian to carry out all necessary examinations and surgeries. X-rays, as well as specialized operative treatments are performed in this context. Four veterinarians participate in the Scientific Committee of ANIMA.
The rehabilitation of animals in the wild nature is a process that requires as much effort as their full recovery or their upbringing when we refer to nestlings. ANIMA allocates her own facilities, but also collaborates with other institutions to reintegrate wild life-treated animals. More specifically:
- has a rehabilitation area for predators in Kalyvia, Attica
- collaborates with Attica Zoological Park, which hosts in a specially landscaped area, not accessible to visitors, large mammals and predatory birds
- collaborates with Alkioni to host large aquatic birds, such as pelicans, during the winter months and until spring when they can proceed to their release.
In order to rehabilitate wild life nestlings ANIMA has undertaken a series of initiatives that they include
- collaboration with organic farmers for the progressive rehabilitation of nocturnal predatory nestlings, which afterwards evolve to natural hunters of rodents,
- undertaking of nocturnal predator nestlings (fledglings), from females who are either non-habitable or disabled, in collaboration with the Park of Diurnal and Nocturnal Predators
- adoption of lesser kestrel nestlings from families with small number of nestlings in colonies of Thessalian plain in collaboration with the program LIFE for the lesser kestrel
- training predators certain days before their release in collaboration with the Park of Diurnal and Nocturnal Predators
- For the orphan deers and roe deers that at times receives a member of ANIMA with specialization in this field and long-lasting experience it undertakes their upbringing following all the specifications.
At the final stage, ANIMA cooperates with numerous institutions for the release of wild animals in suitable biotopes all over Greece.
Prior to the release of wild birds whenever it is required it proceeds in collaboration with experts in:
- Bird ringing (Greek Ring Center, Hellenic Ornithological Society, Natural History Museum of Crete)
- Receiving blood and feather morphometric samples for research purposes
ANIMA rescues whenever required. The more usual cases include:
- Incidents of wounded deers around Parnitha, in collaboration usually with the Parnitha Forestry
- Untrapping /collection of snakes in the urban periphery , in collaboration with the Instant Action and Fire Department
- Untrapping /collection of wild animals from buildings, highways etc.
- Protection of nestlings in danger of falling from nests in buildings, e.g. common Kestrel
ANIMA also undertakes the rescue of injured wild animals from the hectic areas of Attica, in cooperation with the Fire Department and the groups of volunteer firefighters.
Counseling and education
As ANIMA receives a large number of phone calls and messages daily, one of its main actions is to provide advice for first aids to citizens and organizations for injured / orphaned wildlife, and also undertakes the training of teams and operators in providing first aids and dealing with emergencies involving wildlife. In addition, informs all those who follow the Official Site (in Facebook there are more than 60.000 individuals), for the correct behavior and confrontation of incidents of wounded wildlife nestlings.
- Provides advice on First Aids before sending wild animals in the facilities
- Guides citizens and organizations on how to handle misguided nestlings in case they are capable to return in their nest and be fed by their parents
- Trains organizations and groups of citizens in wildlife care , as well as in more specific matters e.g. recognition and handling of reptiles (in cooperation with the Fire Department)
- Trains volunteers and citizens to provide First Aids to wildlife
ANIMA supports organizations wishing to establish a first aid station in their area and collaborate together. Up to today ANIMA has contributed to the establishment of the wildlife emergency station in Andros from the Municipality of Andros, under the LIFE ANDROS SPA program, as well as Karpathos from the Institution of Management Karpathos – Sarias.
ANIMA has created programs in order to set up a national volunteer network for wildlife care
Oil spill incidents
ANIMA has a certified volunteer’s trainer in response to oil spill cases, on organizing volunteer groups, coastal condition assessment, coastal clean-up methods, as well as on catching and providing first aids to wildlife. Training has been conducted by the leading operators in oil and gas cases in Europe and the Mediterranean: REMPEC, Cedre and Sea Alarm.