Wildlife Rescue provides medical treatment and rehabilitation to about 2500 sick, injured, and orphaned raptors and water birds each year. We receive birds from many sources – members of the public, veterinary hospitals, police, government agencies, and other wildlife rehabilitators.
WHY DO THESE RAPTORS NEED OUR HELP?
Delhi has a huge population of raptors, mainly because of slaughter houses and meat processing plants.
The vast majority of raptors we receive have cut wounds which are inflicted by paper kite flying which is a favorite past time of people of Delhi. Further more they are poisoned by rodenticides; babies have their nest sites destroyed through construction, landscaping or trimming of tree branches. Sometimes young birds are simply picked up when they shouldn’t be. Superstitious beliefs that claims that raptors bring bad luck is also a big reason for the people destroying their nests and poising them.
ALL THAT BREATHS
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Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, in their younger days and still in school, found a black kite lying on the side of a street. The bird’s wing had a cut wound on it. They took it to the most prominent bird hospital in Delhi hoping that the bird will find shelter and medical care it needs. To their surprise, the staff at the hospital refused to touch the bird saying that it is a dirty bird that eats meat and told them to take the wounded bird away. They both wandered around looking for a place which can provide relief to the bird but couldn’t find a place for it. Exhausted, they left the bird at the same spot where they picked it up from and left it to its fate with a heavy heart.
Over the next few years, they would routinely come across wounded black kites lying on the streets. Most of them had been injured by the crushed glass-coated threads used to fly paper kites, one of the leisure activities for people in old Delhi. Not knowing any place that would accept the wounded birds and provide it medical care or shelter, the brothers had no choice but to ignore them and go their own way.
Until one day, they couldn’t. On a fateful day in April, 2003, they found yet another injured black kite in the parking area of a park, and this time, they decided that enough was enough. Not being able to leave the bird to slowly die, they decided to take the bird home with them. Since that day, whenever they found a bird of prey in distress, they offered it food and shelter in their home. A veterinary would come to their home to have a look at the birds and palliative medical treatment was provided. This arrangement continued for almost the next 7 years, and dozens of injured birds made the roof of their home their final abode. In March 2010, the brothers decided to formalise their activity and registered a charitable trust called Wildlife Rescue. In (insert year), Wildlife Rescue was also registered as a nonprofit organisation with the income tax department. Subsequently, Wildlife Rescue was also registered with the ministry of home affairs under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, authorising the organisation to receive foreign contribution from abroad.
Wildlife Rescue has remained a safe abode for birds of prey in Delhi and its neighbouring areas. Every year, Wildlife Rescue receives about 2,500 injured and sick birds and in terms of volume of patients, it is one of the largest rescue facilities for raptors in the world.
WILD BIRD RESCUE
We have cared for more than 20,000 birds and animals since 2010.
Our innovative treatments help birds fly again and resume their role in the ecosystem
BIRD SHELTER & CARE
The Wildlife Rescue was formed in 2010 to provide quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife.
The Role Of Our Wildlife Centre
Wildlife Rescue provides veterinary care for injured raptors and water birds and rehabilitate birds back into the wild.
The centre's hospital is equipped to deal with the variety of injured and sick birds that are admitted during the course of the year. We also receive about 500 to 700 orphan raptor chicks every year which needs special care and food. On average, about 2500 sick, injured and orphan birds are treated and cared for annually. The center is run by staff trained in emergency aid, with specialized avian veterinary care.
The hospital treats a wide variety of injuries and illnesses that include broken bones, infections, diseases and malnutrition. It also cares for babies and juveniles that have been left orphaned. For whatever reason a bird is brought into the hospital, the aim of the center is to rehabilitate that bird back into the wild.
Any Indian national who makes a donation to Wildlife Rescue is entitled to tax deduction under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Please consider transferring money to Wildlife Rescue's bank account, details of which are set out below: Beneficiary: Wildlife Rescue,
Bank: HDFC Bank
Branch: Ajmeri Gate, Delhi - 110006
Account No: 50100181991374
Please mention your address and PAN to enable us to send across a receipt of the donation to you.
CONTACT WILDLIFE RESCUE
2970, Shah Ganj, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi - 110006
C - 6/1, Street No 9, Wazirabad Village, Delhi - 110084