How we're helping wildlife
Trying to improve the welfare of such a huge number of animals and species is a challenge!
We use scientific research and practical evidence to support our views and encourage change in many different ways.
Our wildlife work includes:
- Wild animals kept as pets.
- Wild animals used in performance.
- Human-wildlife conflict, helping people to live in harmony with wildlife.
- Cruelty to free-living wildlife (illegal trapping, poisoning, shooting).
- Management and control, or culling, of wildlife.
- Non-native species and their welfare impacts on native animals.
- Rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife
- Research into post-release survival.
- Wildlife trade.
How we work:
- Raise awareness of wild animal welfare issues.
- Provide wildlife information and advice.
- Work with, and try to influence, those who make policy decisions about wild animal welfare.
- Rescue and rehabilitate orphaned/injured wild animals at our wildlife centres and conduct research to improve our level of care.
- Develop detailed protocols for wildlife centres to ensure the best rehabilitation practices for all species cared for.
- Train inspectors in wildlife-related aspects of work, including identification, legislation and handling.
- Support research into relevant welfare issues like deer vehicle collisions.
- Work internationally with both governments and non-governmental organisations, such as providing training overseas on the rehabilitation of oiled birds.