Rescue & rehab Centers

Rescue Centers

Rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife at rescue centers in northwest Panay:
confiscated/donated birds and other endangered wildlife are rehabilitated till being able to fend for themselves when released

Rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife at rescue centers in NW Panay: confiscated / donated birds and other endangered wildlife are rehabilitated till being able to fend for themselves when released

our aim

We foster, rehabilitate, and then release injured animals.

One of our most obvious and longest activity is the rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife at rescue centers in northwest Panay.

The animals taking into rehabilitation are either found and reported to PhilinCon or seized by PhilinCon’s rangers from illegal wildlife traitor or poacher. After bringing the injured, sick or orphaned animal to one of the three rehab stations (Mag-aba Wildlife Clinic, Pandan, Antique; Bulanao Rescue Facility, Brgy, Antique; Sibaliw Rehabilitation Station, Brgy, Antique) a veterinarian will determine the extent of injury and the probability of successful rehabilitation. If the animal can make a recovery and be released into the wild, it will be nurtured, trained, and medically taken care of. Otherwise the animal will be still nursed but stays in an animal sanctuary.

In the first step basic first aid and physical therapy will be applied to the animal. For this purpose the station staff received training explicit for the unique species found on Panay; they understand behavioral issues, nutritional requirements, and have knowledge about species-specific handling. Day-to-day care is applied to the animals; it includes feeding, physical therapy, exercise, medicating and a pre-release conditioning program. In the program, the animals are familiarized with their natural diet to enable them to survive when released back to the wild. To record the recuperation process, regular medical examinations are executed.

Before releasing the animals, the reintroduction into the wild has to be carefully planned. To be released, the animal must be healthy, strong, and have intact wild instincts to survive in the wild. The releasing is not only solely dependent on the animal, it also hinge on the right habitat, location, season, sometimes even the weather. When all conditions are met, the animals are released into the wild.

We presently maintain several hornbills and raptors at two locations, Bulanao, Libertad, and Santo Rosario, Pandan.

Our activitieS

In our three rescue centers, injured animals are treated professionally until they can be released.

The animals admitted to each of the three rescue centers are checked for their health, treated professionally, if necessary by a vet, fed adequately and kept as long as necessary until they attain top shape in terms of plumage, health (pre-release health check) and locomotor abilities. Then they are released back into the wild. Hornbills pass through a rehabilitation station in the upland forest to accustom to their natural forest environment, larger raptors exercise sustained power flight in large aviaries prior to release from a lowland station.

project duration

The facilities have been maintained permanently since 1999.

project costs

The costs for e.g. one hornbill average around 200 USD annually. This includes food, medicine, caretaking, and health monitoring.

Our MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) authorizes the project to receive and maintain confiscated, donated, and rescued wildlife for rehabilitation, and later release them back into their former habitats. We presently maintain several hornbills and raptors at two locations, Bulanao, Libertad, and Santo Rosario, Pandan.

A local DVM, Dr. Enrique Sanchez, had been dispatched to Cologne, Germany, for additional training in avian medicine. Likewise, Filipino staff were trained to tend and care for rehabilitated wildlife in our three facilities, namely in Mag-aba Wildlife Clinic, Pandan, Bulanao Rescue Facility in Brgy. Bulanao, Libertad, both in Antique, and the Sibaliw Rehabilitation Facility in Brgy. Tag-osip, Buruanga, Aklan. After proper health checks, the birds are trained and conditioned for release. In the process, the animals are familiarized with their natural diet to enable them to survive when released back to the wild.