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Animal protection

The habitats of various wild animals are becoming more and more restricted because of use by us humans, urban sprawl, the increasing road traffic, and also intensive agriculture. The animals which are in need because of these circumstances deserve our help.

Where do we protect animals in our projects?

In Switzerland

  • The Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary takes in injured or weak birds of prey and owls, gives them loving care appropriate for their species until they are healthy and returns them to the wild as soon as possible. Thanks to the ideal cooperation with the Zurich Veterinary Hospital and the animal rescue service of the Pfötli Animal Shelter, the sanctuary has a very high healing rate in an international comparison. 86% of the animals which are taken in are able to be released into nature as fit and strong creatures.
  • Each year an average of 80 young birds are brought to the sanctuary. Thanks to the decades of experience of the bird of prey sanctuary, it is possible to nurture the young birds of prey and owls according to their species so that they can live in nature as adult birds.
    > Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary project

In Indonesia

  • The habitat of the orangutans on Sumatra is being cleared to a dramatic extent for palm oil plantations. To do this, the orangutans are killed, the young animals captured and sold or they starve to death in an isolated part of the forest. PanEco’s Orangutan Conservation Programme frees the orangutans which are illegally kept as pets and brings them to the rescue and rehabilitation station. Here the animals are looked after until they are healthy, and if they are young animals they are nurtured appropriately for the species and resocialised. As soon as the great apes are ready to live autonomously in the rainforest, in reintroduction stations they become gradually accustomed to living as free orangutans and are then finally released into a protected forest.
  • As well as orangutans freed from captivity, the Orangutan Conservation Programme also evacuates great apes from isolated forest areas. Out of hunger, such orangutans often raid the fields of farmers and are killed in doing so. Others starve to death because there is not enough food available. Evacuated orangutans are taken directly to the reintroduction stations and released into safe and large rainforest areas.
    > Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme project