Hope for Wildlife - Marine Wildlife Rescue Centre
Hope for Wildlife- Hope Swinimer
September 26, 2012
Project Update: Since we've started campaigning for our Idea, Hope for Wildlife has raised almost $85,000 in cash and supplies for the Marine Wildlife Rescue Centre! With funding from the Aviva Community Fund, we'll be able to make this project a reality, so please remember to vote daily and thank you for your support!! A little bit of History: The Hope for Wildlife Society has been providing care to injured and orphaned wildlife in Nova Scotia for over 15 years. As wildlife faces more and more challenges from a growing human population and shrinking habitat, more wild animals are needing help. Over the years the Society has grown with this demand, building huge enclosures, flight cages and nurseries, and persuing the knowledge needed to help these animals. The demand has grown so much, in fact, that the existing facility can't keep up. Our Project's Mission: the Marine Wildlife Rescue centre will be Nova Scotia's ONLY purpose-built facilty for the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and oiled marine wildlife. Why it's important: This project adresses 2 big gaps in the Society's ability to provide care to marine wildlife: 1. We do not have adequate facilities to care for marine mammals, and 2. we do not have the proper facilities for washing oiled wildlife. Over the years, Hope for Wildlife has been called upon to rescue seals, oiled seabirds and tired, wayward migrating seabirds. These have been managed on a case-by-case basis, but the last few years have shown that Hope for Wildlfie needs to be able to care for a larger number of these types of cases, and we need the proper facilities to do it. Over the past 3 years, members of the Hope for Wildlife team have had the opportunity to travel to wildlife rehab centres across North America that specialize in marine mammals and seabirds. We've had the opportunity to work with these animals, get expert advice, and see first hand what it takes to be successful. Everything we learned was put to the test this spring when we successfully rescued, rehabilitated and released 2 orphaned grey seal pups, using a temporary pool setup. While it worked in a pinch, it also showed where our existing facilities are lacking. Project Description: The new Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation facility will be located away from the existing facilities to prevent the transmission of deadly diseases between marine and land-based wildlife. It will be purpose-built specifically for marine wildlife, including seawater pools, proper pumping and filtration systems and purpose-built washing stations for oiled seabirds. A dedicated team of staff and volunteers will be trained to care for these animals - having a dedicated team for the marine rehab will further reduce the risk of disease spread and allow Hope for Wildlife to keep up with its increased capacity. Vote today for Nova Scotia's first Marine Wildlife Rescue!