In the Cyclades complex you can come across rich flora and fauna, but locals and visitors seem to have little knowledge about the natural environment and biodiversity, including wildlife animals, that quite often are found injured, often deliberately. Almost 23 years ago, a special Hospital was established aiming to treat and rehabilitate all injured wild animals found in the region, as well as to encourage the protection of the fauna through Environmental Education, and make sure that mammals and migratory birds are released back into the environment where they were found.
The name of this Aegean Wildlife Hospital, which is based on the island of Paros and works exclusively with volunteers, is ALKYONE (a beautiful bird that symbolises tranquillity, protection and the calm of the sea) and the CPF is proud to be among its supporters.
The CPF grant will support the creation and promotion of a ‘first aid’ educational briefcase, consisting of leaflets, posters, books and DVDs showing how to provide first aid support to injured wild animals and also ways of safe and quick transportation to the proper facilities, to be given free of charge to all the schools, municipalities, forestry offices and coast guard offices in the Cycladic islands.
ALKYONE treats and rehabilitates 600 to 1000 wild animals per year, while they work with around 100 Greek school classes per year. Release of the rehabilitated birds always takes place with a school in attendance!