(2020) 7.000€ awarded
In 2018, the CPF funded Alkyone to create a first aid kit for injured animals, and to share it with schools, municipalities, forestries and port authorities across the Cyclades.
We are proud to announce that the CPF recently approved a new grant for the Wildlife Hospital which will cover Alkyone’s rehabilitation costs. This grant will be additionally funded by private donors to support the Hospital in repairing their facilities. Furthermore, following the recent pandemic, the CPF has decided to support Alkyone with a further grant which will allow them to invest in human resources to work on a sustainability plan for the coming years.
The Aegean Wildlife Hospital treats and rehabilitates hundreds of injured wild animals found in the region and encourages the protection of local fauna through Environmental Education. They are doing excellent work and we are all grateful for their efforts in protecting our wildlife. The hospital measures success in terms of effective treatment and release of small-bodied patients – overall, there is a release rate of at least 60%, and the animals and birds are always released to their natural environment or on migratory routes.
Alkyone is an accredited member of the European Wildlife Association, and the number of awards that have been given to the hospital reflect and highlight the immeasurable value of the work that has been done. All the work is carried out by volunteers and running costs are covered by donations of friends and members, fundraising and sponsorship.
Photo credit: Alkyone, Aegean Wildlife Hospital
Watch the documentary ‘RELEASE OF WINGS’ here, partly dedicated to the work of our accredited partner.
János Déri and Marios Fournaris both have spent 25 years of their lives saving birds. Two aging “medicine men” with strange pasts and attitudes who work in their own bird hospitals adamantly, 1800 kilometres from each other, leaning only on the goodwill and financial support of strangers. János is an acclaimed veterinarian at the Hungarian Hortobágy, while Marios taught himself the healing of birds on a small Greek island, Paros. They receive injured, electrocuted, illegally shot, sick birds daily. Their stories interweave.