Annual Report of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre MILVUS – 2016

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Our Rehabilitation Center obtained very good results in 2016 in respect of both the number of patients and the quality of our services. The Center has been working almost all year at full capacity, which shows that the infrastructure development in Sînsimion was necessary. Our most important achievements in this year:
  • In January we launched an emergency number – 0722-533.816 available 24 hours for those who have found wounded animals.
  • In February we organized a national conference for veterinarians interested in first aid and treatment of injured wild animals. As a result of this meeting, we laid down the bases of a national volunteer veterinarian network, comprising of doctors who are ready to receive injured animals and to grant them first aid, before sending them towards a rehabilitation facility. Through the development of this volunteer network, we managed to set up more than 50 first aid points, in 17 counties across in the whole country.
In the frame of the project ” National network for saving injured wild animals ” financed by the EEA grants 2009 – 2014 within the framework of the NGOS in Romania, aviaries were built in Sînsimion: one of large size for the rehabilitation of big animals – an aviary with five rooms for birds which cannot be rehabilitated, but can be visited – and a shelter for inland and sea turtles. Under the same project, we managed to launch a dedicated web page (, where visitors can find relevant information regarding the rescue of injured wild animals (a map with first aid points available in the country, a green telephone number, etc.). We managed to deploy in the Sînsimion aviaries a network of surveillance cameras, connected to the internet, so we can supervise the birds from our central office in Tîrgu-Mureș as well. This is a very important development from the point of view of the treatment and rehabilitation of the animals (also achieved under the EEA grant). In November we participated on a fundraising event called Târgu-Mureș Donors Circle, in the event we managed to gather 5000 RON for the construction of 4 new aviaries at the rehabilitation center. In 2016, the Rehabilitation Center sheltered 166 birds, 35 of mammals, 16 turtles, the center’s team offered consultancy (usually on phone) for the rehabilitation of further 150 birds. The number of species entering the center as patients was also high, 47 birds, 6 mammals and 4 reptiles. The greater number of species coming to the Center entail a challenge in respect of the experience of patients care (of species) arriving for the first time. The patients arrived from 42 localities, from 17 counties. The high number of counties of origin shows that our centre is still having national character. Of the 217 of animals entering, 54 have been transferred to other medical centers (bats, etc.), 35 surgery took place, 32 birds have benefited from medication. The rest of the patients have passed only through rehabilitation and improvement of general condition. On the 2nd of June 2016 we were notified about a black-necked grebe “stranded” in a yard in Corunca village. After a quick medical exam by our colleague at Vets4Wild, the bird was ringed and released in the outskirts of Târgu Mureș. 149 days and 2789 km later, it was recaptured alive and well in Huelva, Spain. We would like to thank Mr. Pál Lajos for the faith he have had in our team, as well as for the generous financial support.
Nr Popular name Scientifical name Number
1 Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis 2
2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 3
3 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 1
4 Drepnea mare Apus melba 1
5 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 1
6 Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina 2
7 Long-eared Owl Asio otus 9
8 Little Ow  Athene noctua 8
9 Common Buzzard Buteo buteo 15
10 Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 1
11 Cânepar Cardeulis cannabina 1
12 Sticlete Cardeulis cardeulis 1
13 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 1
14 White Stork Ciconia ciconia 24
15 Black Stork Ciconia nigra 1
16 Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 1
17 Porumbel de casă Columba livia domesctica 3
18 Common Raven Corvus corax 1
19 Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 2
20 Rook Corvus frugilegus 9
21 Western Jackdaw Corvus monedula 5
22 Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 2
23 Mute Swan Cygnus olor 1
24 House Martin Delichon urbicum 7
25 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major 2
26 Great Egret Ardea alba 1
27 Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 1
28 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 2
29 Hobby Falco subbuteo 1
30 Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 20
31 Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 1
32 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius 2
33 Black-throated Loon Gavi arctica 1
34 White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 2
35 Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops 3
36 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 1
37 White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus 1
38 Common Magpie Pica pica 2
39 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis 1
40 Mugurar Pyrhula pyrhula 3
41 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 4
42 Tawny Ow Strix aluco 4
43 Ural Ow Strix uralensis 6
44 Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris 1
45 Blackbird Turdus merula 3
46 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 1
30 Barn Owl Tyto alba 1
31 European Badger Meles meles 1
32 European Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus 6
33 Wildcat Felis silvestris 1
34 Particoloured Bat Vespertilio murinus 1
35 Northern White-breasted hedgehog Erinaceus romanicus 1
36 Common Noctule Nyctalus noctula 25
37 Spur-thighed Tortoise Testudo greaca 6
38 Margined Tortoise Testudo marginata 1
39 Hermann’s Tortoise Testudo hermanni 6
40 European Pond Turtle Emys orbicularis 3
  total   217

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