On January 26, we were notified by Mr. Theodoros Ioannou, citizen of Kalochori who had witnessed on the marshes of Kalochori a wounded pelican limping and unable to fly. Soon enough one of our members got there to examine the case. In fact, the pelican was standing wounded at the middle of a marsh without having anything to eat. His life was in danger.

The same day and despite the actual difficulties (a vast area covered with mud) we decided to set out a rescue operation. The next day we informed the Axios Management Authority, Vassilis Chatzikontidis (a biofarmer and citizen of Kalochori that is actively concerned with recycling and…..for whom definitely words are not enough) as well as some volunteers.By the afternoon we were all gathered at Kaloxori( Management Authority stuff, Action for Wildlife volunteers, the people who notified us about the pelican and Vassilis Chatzikontidis) to put our rescue plan into practice .Initially,we spent some time observing the bird to figure out its behavior and evaluate the case. At both sides of the wetland there was a deep canal that rendered it inaccessible. On seeing the bird moving towards the shore, we attempted to approach by another side so that we could cut his way toward the wetland and drive him across the shore. Unfortunately, we got stuck in the mud so we intended to astound the bird from the part of the shore that was less visible to it.However, the pelican felt our intentions and began to fly towards the center of the lagoon. We had to move rapidly. At the point we had managed to surround him and get hold of him, he fled.Luckily, exhausted as he was he didn’t get that far and after a while he surrendered at our hands.

The pelican was found weak with a hook nailed on one of his legs and a hanging wing His condition was considered severe and the hours that followed were critical for his survival. He was transferred to our first aid station at Mikropolis where he got hydrated and the following days he gradually began to eat.Now, he is out of risk but unfortunately the damage on his wing can’t be recuperated. Therefore he has already been transferred to Ekpaz (Hellenic Wildlife Hospital) in Aigina.

Watch instances from the rescue………..


Our Actions

  • We rescue exhausted or trapped wild animals.
  • We take care of exhausted, sick, injured, or very young wild animals.
  • We rehabilitate animals that are fit for release in their natural habitat.
  • We raise public awareness and educate our fellow citizens and their children through environmental games and presentations.
  • We participate in events and festivals that aim to raise public awareness of environmental issues.

Action for Wildlife and Hellenic Wildlife Hospital

The Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (HWH) is the oldest wildlife welfare centre in Greece. It established an infrastructure for the care and treatment of wild animals in Greece, and we hold it up as a fine example of voluntary work and contribution to wildlife. It has inspired, and continues to inspire, old and young volunteers to protect Greek wildlife.

The members of Action for Wildlife used to constitute the HWH Thessaloniki group, that is the HWH first aid station of our city. In Action for Wildlife, we continue to work with the same passion towards the same goal, supporting HWH. We collaborate, sending there all the animals that need further care and rehabilitation.

HWH, synonymous with animal welfare and voluntary work, is, and will continue to be, a point of reference for our group.

Housing and short history

Action for Wildlife is homed at new settlements at Delta of Axios, 9km of Thessaloniki - Athens.

Following is a short chronicle of the group’s housing adventure.

1990 : Wild animals are treated in volunteers’ houses. First attempts for organised wildlife treatment in a warehouse in Kalohori.

1998 : Organised wildlife treatment as EKPAZ’s first aid station in Thessaloniki in a rented ground floor flat in Ampelokipi.

2000 : Moved to another rented flat in Ampelokipi.

2008 : The Prefecture shuts down the station in Ampoelokipi and wildlife treatment is carried out in volunteers’ houses. This takes a toll on individuals (personal time and money) and on the group (hypofunction of the group), but above all on wildlife treatment.

2009 : Founding of the organisation «Action for Wildlife». Wildlife treatment continues to be carried out in volunteers’ houses but simultaneously efforts to find a roof are intensifying. The state is indifferent with the exception of a few environment-conscious employees.

2010 : «Action for Wildlife» finds a roof in Mikropolis where other groups with shared ideas and activities are active. The group is growing in numbers and participating in many actions.

2014 : The Municipality of Delta builds a place suitable for wildlife treatment and rehabilitation in Kalohori which is granted to «Action for Wildlife». Unfortunately, heavy rainfalls have rendered the place temporarily inaccessible.

2015: Temporarily we settle at Social Centre / Immigrants Palce at 23 Ermou street.

December 2015: We move to new settlements at Delta of Axios, 9km Thessaloniki - Athens, next to Kalochori. Therefore, you may bring there any injured animals you find.

Members of Council of Action for Wildlife:

Kalpakis Stavros, President, 6979 914852, skalpakis (at) hotmail.com
Prousali Sophia, Vice-president
Chatziarpis Kostas, Secretary
Kleidaki Chrisoula, Cashier

Emmanouilidis Vasilis, Member
Karampatzakis Kouritas Anastasios, Member
Praxitelous Anastasia, Member

About us

We are a group of people dedicated to the care and treatment of wild animals.  We take care of sick, exhausted, or injured wild animals found by our fellow citizens in Thessaloniki or elsewhere in Northern Greece. The animals receive first aid and, if it is necessary, they are sent to the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (HWH) in Aegina. If and when they are fit for release, we release them in the wild.

We are all volunteers. We have been involved in the care and treatment of wild animals for approximately 20 years. Anyone willing to contribute to the Greek wildlife can participate in our group. Veterinary knowledge is not a prerequisite, however you should be enthusiastic, responsible, and respect animals.

We have many expenses and our sole financial support is our subscription fees. Our work is daily and often arduous. However, our unity of purpose and our sense of togetherness help us remain active in the protection of wildlife.

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