Saturday, 15 February 2014

Cities and Wild Life, the LxCras Example

With the growth of cities wild life becomes endangered and many species disappear. Are there solutions?

Yes, fortunately there are solutions such as the work developed by LxCRAS

The Recovery Center of Wild Animals Lisbon (LxCRAS), is devoted to the collection, processing and release of animals belonging to the Portuguese native fauna equipment. Its main objective is the recovery of injured or debilitated wildlife with a view to their return to the natural environment - there is the aim to preserve and conserve wildlife.
Besides this activity it also promotes dissemination and public awareness, such as guided tours, activities of liberation and volunteer programs .

In operation since October 1997 , the Recovery Center of Wild Animals Lisbon was created in a forest in the middle of Lisbon, Monsanto, by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Forests. LxCRAS features:
  • Clinic, equipped with everything necessary to provide the common veterinary care including surgeries;
  • Intensive Care Unit, adjoining to the clinic, it consists of small rooms that are use for animals that, after going through the clinic, need to stay in treatment and/or under constant surveillance;
  • Vivarium, where they centre reproduces birds, mammals and insects for the consumption of wild life species. Here there are nurseries of small mammals (field mice), birds (quails) and insects, which are essential for the recovering animals to have a diet as natural as possible. It is also possible to evaluate the behavior of animals in capturing prey and competing with other predators.
  • Rehabilitation Parks, these are large cage with for nocturnal and diurnal prey birds. It is those parks where physical and instinctive reactions tests are performed to each animal. This is the crucial stage of recovery,  by assessing the their flight and hunting behaviour allows to make conclusion on the feasibility of the release of each animal.
  • Tunnel Flight Area, built in 2007 this area is intended to recover the flight capabilities of medium and large birds.
  • Unrecoverable Park, in operation since October 2001, this area hosts numerous animals that due to the intervention of man find themselves unable to survive in the wild and therefore are not released back to Nature - many have irreversible physical and psychological injuries. This is an area totally dedicated to raising awareness and environmental education hence the area can be visited with guided tours.
To get a better understanding how wild-life can subsist within cities watch the video below, "Lisbon and the LxCras work", produced by AidNatur a non- governmental organization:

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