Wildlife rehabilitation has existed for many years; it has ranged from the good-hearted individuals who first applied improvised methods for returning injured or orphaned wildlife to their native habitat, to the dedicated individuals and institutions that today work with increased knowledge, resources and support that results from decades of collective experience. In the early 1970s, wildlife rehabilitation experienced rapid growth as people became more aware of the limits of our natural resources. Most of these efforts were accomplished with few funds, volunteer assistance, pre-existing facilities, and without government support.
Law protects Indian wildlife – all native species are protected under the Wild Life (Protection) Act,1972 (amended 2006). To work with native wildlife, wildlife rehabilitators must be issued special permits from their state wildlife authorities. Before receiving these permits, individuals must meet various requirements such as specialized training, participation in mentorship programs, facility inspections, and written or oral exams. Once they receive the permits, conscientious rehabilitators continue their education by attending conferences, seminars, and workshops, keeping up with published literature, and networking with others in the field.
We try our best to help concerned people decide whether an animal truly needs help. Young birds and mammals should be returned to their families if at all possible; even well trained rehabilitators cannot replace biological parents. We provide instructions on how to reunite wildlife families, keeping the safety of the animals and the rescuers in mind, and we suggest humane, long-term solutions when conflicts arise between humans and their wild neighbors.
We educate people about wildlife, natural history, and teach safe and humane ways to resolve human-wildlife conflicts thereby preventing unnecessary human intervention with wildlife. Wildlife rehabilitation also serves as a surveillance tool – an early warning for wildlife disease (e.g. avian influenza) outbreaks and potential transmission to humans. These timely warnings also help minimize potential health risks to farm animals and pets that may come in contact with wildlife carrying diseases that are common to domestic and wildlife species.
Imparting training to individuals is necessary to understand and address wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in an informed manner and safeguard public health. For rehabilitation guidelines and advice you may get in touch with us.