Crowfunding the building of an outdoor enclosure
Animals undergoing rehabilitation are generally much better off if housed in an outdoor enclosure prior to release. Large, outdoor caging provides opportunities for exercise, behavioural rehabilitation, and acclimatization to weather conditions. In our constant effort for ever improving our effectiveness, the lack of such an enclosure, it was a consistant obstacle. Action for Wildlife needs to build such an outdoor enclosure for storks, seabirds and egrets. The planned enclosure, covering an area of 30 m2,will be confined with a 2.80m high wire mesh. It will be covered with wild vegetation and a small pond, in an effort to make it resemble the animals’ natural habitat. Every year, more than 80 recovering storks, seagulls and egrets would hugely benefit during their rehabilitation from the enclosure.
Thousands of storks come to Greece every spring, preferring the region of northern Greece to nest, although they can be seen throughout the country. They spend the summer here, and in the autumn, they migrate back to sub-Saharan Africa via European Turkey, Asia Minor and Cyprus. During the past few years an effort to ring as many juvenile storks as possible takes place in Greece.
A young white stork that arrived in our centre in the beginning of July, born last spring in northern Greece, is one of those ringed ones. Unfortunately his first attempts to fly were met by power lines, resulting in mild electrocution. Luckily the bird was found and sent to us and it seems that in spite of the serious nature of its accident it can be released into the wild, after rehabilitation. Along with another 20 storks he is currently being hosted in a small temporary enclosure. The larger permanent enclosure will make it possible for all our storks to be back on their wings in time for their migration.
Help our young fellow and his friends to get back on track for their long trip back to Africa!
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