A network of 16 animal rehabilitation and rescue centers will be created in Ukraine, the first of which has already been opened in the Cheremosky National Nature Park.
The national park has already started treating the first patient – a fox with an injured paw, which will be returned to the wild after recovery, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources reports on Facebook.
"The construction of wild animal rehabilitation centers is, first of all, a civilized approach to preserving and helping nature. Second, it is an important track within our overall vision of restoring war-torn wildlife. Therefore, we are already working on the concept of creating a network of 16 such centers throughout Ukraine," said Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets.
It is noted that three closed enclosures have been set up in the Cheremo National Park, which can accommodate both small animals and birds, as well as an enclosure for ungulates. They are similar to Polish enclosures for animal rehabilitation.
According to scientific recommendations, park workers have minimal contact with the fox, which was transferred to the center by local residents. After undergoing rehabilitation, experts will decide when it is better to release it into the wild.
The message added that the national park will also build an operating theater and boxes for caring for seriously injured animals.
It is noted that the project was implemented thanks to help from Poland and the USA.
As EcoPolitic reported earlier, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets said that the department is negotiating the creation of a dolphin rehabilitation center, which will help the animals survive.