Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute / Taskent Nature Park

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Environment

Location

PO Box 24636Nicosia, Nicosia 1302Cyprus Cyprus

Organization Information

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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