Our Mission

Human activity constantly has an impact on wild animals, be it indirect and long-term interventions, such as environmental pollution and habitat loss, or direct interventions, such as hunting, poisoning and trapping.

 

We oppose these activities and we try to contribute to the protection of wildlife and biodiversity, as well as raise public awareness of environmental issues, focusing children's education.

Our mission is to open up the discussion on the relationship between humans and nature, concentrating on respect for every life form on the planet.

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.

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 Sindos 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 Sindos. Therefore, you may bring there any injured animals you find.

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.

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

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How to reach us...

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/N1SRq7wK2zz

We are along the cross street intersecting the side road of the Thessaloniki-Athens highway, at the 9th km, just before the Mercedes car dealership. Following this cross street, you can find us 1km ahead, towards the sea, just after the ZAK shoe factory.

 
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2020 Calendar

 Get informed – Spread the word – Contribute

Calendar for the year 2020 with photos of animals cared by Action for Wildlife.

Photographer: Vasiliki Kaliva

 

I use tote bags by Action for Wildlife…

We take single-use plastic bags out of our lives and use reusable tote bags by Action for Wildlife, supporting the environment in more ways than one!

 

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