WILDLIFE EMERGENCY

The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic works with a network of national and international registered wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facilities. BWRC works in close cooperation with the Forest Department  to assist injured, orphaned, neglected, or otherwise imperiled wildlife. If you find an a wild animal that needs medical assistance, call us at 615-5159.

Please see our flowchart for “Help I found a baby bird” and “Help I found a baby mammal” for determining if you are dealing with an emergency, as well as more contacts for getting expert help, depending on the species of wildlife.

Important note on this free service: BWRC will do what’s possible to assist over the phone first, and provide a rescue if necessary. We will always do the best we can and thanks to our many years of experience in wildlife rescue, we are confident that will be able to assist for some emergencies via the phone.

Important notes on wildlife emergencies and some myths about babies:

These rescued Orange Breasted Falcon babies from the Peregrine Fund were within the first patients at the Wildlife Clinic. Note that many babies rescued as orphans by well intended humans are not truly orphans and should be left alone unless injured or truly orphaned. Please call before you intervene.

Very often people perceive an animal as orphaned, when it is not. Please call us before you intervene.

It is an old myth and untruth that a wild animal baby will be rejected by its mother if a human has touched it. Often enough, we can just return a baby to a nest, or remove it out of the immediate danger zone (in reach of our domestic pets) and the emergency is resolved. Remember, a baby is always best off raised by its mother.

Life threatening wildlife emergencies: Human safety Always comes first! If you have a “problem animal” that is potentially life threatening, for example a jaguar or crocodile, please call BWRC at 615-5159 immediately.

If you find an injured animal, keep a distance. Know that the animal will likely be very afraid and may try to defend itself. Injured animals could potentially hurt you. Please do not approach unless the animal unless you have training in capture and restraint of that particular species. Most wildlife species are potential disease transmitters, some of which could be transmissible to us. So unless you are trained and experienced in capturing and handling a particular animal species, please CALL BWRC First (501) 615-5159.

We will continue to add relevant information on Wildlife Emergencies as we continue to develop the response team in cooperation with our registered partners and the Belize Forest Department.

 

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