Wildlife Rescue/Treatment and Rehabilitation Program

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Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute / Taskent Nature Park

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Rescue/Treatment and Rehabilitation operations are conducted under Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (WRRC), established in mid-2016, and Wildlife Hospital and Research Laboratory (WHRL), completed in 2019. These operational bodies fulfill wildlife rescue treatment and rehabilitation center requirements per international standards developed by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). Every year approximately 1 thousand animals are treated and released back to nature. In addition to the WRRC and WHRL, Cyprus Marinelife Center (CMC), established in 2017, conducts treatment and rehabilitation activities for the globally threatened sea turtles.

For our Rescue/Treatment and Rehabilitation Program, we seek volunteers from zoology, veterinary, veterinary nursing, and wildlife rehabilitation backgrounds. Volunteers supporting us under this program will get a chance to meet various animals of the island, such as snakes, raptors (both resident and migratory), and possibly mammals (hares, foxes, and long-eared hedgehogs). Also, they will build capacity in veterinary medicine, innovative wildlife treatment techniques, and wildlife rehabilitation. This group of volunteers will get a chance to work closely with exotic animals brought to the island illegally, such as primates and lizards. Of course, the work is not always fun; we expect our volunteers to help us clean the hospital, rehabilitation center, enclosures, and sanctuaries.

We need you if you have skills like carpentry, masonry, welding, and iron smithing. We are building, repairing, and enhancing our enclosures and sanctuaries for wild animals that need our help to improve their wellbeing. We also need volunteers from electronics backgrounds for this program. If you are a geek (We Love Geeks!) who has skills in network and IP cam configuration, setup, maintenance and dataloggers, contact us. We are setting up a campus-wide digital monitoring system to ensure every single animal is happy and doing well.

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About Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute / Taskent Nature Park

Location:

PO Box 24636, Nicosia, Nicosia 1302, CY

Mission Statement

The CWRI is aware of the importance of human resources to undertake systematic, multi-disciplinary, long-term surveys of wildlife and habitats. For this reason, CWRI invites both national and international volunteers from any background to train on subject-specific skills and knowledge thus, to participate in the observation and conservation of wildlife in Cyprus. Project funding for CWRI is sought at all levels to maintain and expand its capacity as a state-of-the-art rescue, rehabilitation, release, and research (4R’s) facility. Since its foundation, the CWRI has conducted several workshops, published numerous research articles, implemented conservation projects and built the capacity of governmental organizations and supported the development of relevant legislation. Saving wildlife is a team effort, and our staff would like you to join us we work to save species.

Description

The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute

The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute (CWRI) was established in 2018, in Kyrenia, Cyprus as part of the Taskent Nature Park, in order to serve as a coordinating authority for our rehabilitation facilities. It consists of the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the Cyprus Marinelife Center, and the Wildlife Hospital and Research Laboratory.

Taskent Nature Park (TNP) was established as a privately funded, non-profit, social responsibility organization, in 2016, in Kyrenia, Cyprus. Initially, it had focused on awareness raising activities for the conservation of nature and wildlife. However, being the only active center for wildlife conservation, one day we were called in for an injured barn owl, a magnificent animal which is a key species within an ecological niche of the island of Cyprus. It was a dramatic event to find the barn owl with a broken wing, and helpless. We immediately sought help from a vet to have an emergency operation for the owl. After a few anxious hours, the barn owl was alive and well. Following the success with the barn owl, there was an increased influx of other injured or orphaned wild animals being brought to the park, from flamingoes to foxes, shrews to shags. We realized that there was a need for a professional wildlife rehabilitation center in Cyprus. Therefore, the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center (WRRC) was established in July 2016.

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WHEN

Wed Apr 20, 2022 - Tue Jul 19, 2022

WHERE

Taskent Doğa ParkıSychari, Kyrenia 99390Cyprus

(35.27386,33.36545)
 

SKILLS

  • Veterinary
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Veteran Care
  • Carpentry
  • Telecommunications

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • We expect our volunteers to work 35 hours/week
  • The payment of 17$/day covers all costs for a 3-12 week stay; food, accommodation, and transport in Cyprus, including airport transfer. In addition, this money helps us to raise funds for our operational expenses. The payment does NOT include travel

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