It looks like a hospital, with a diagnostic and treatment room, several infirmaries, quarantine and rest areas… In Tikhodrome, a wildlife rescue center located in Gua, in Ysera, no noise or whispering is allowed so as not to disturb the peace of the animals.
Here we collect injured or orphaned birds (passerines, birds of prey, etc.) and small mammals (hedgehogs, squirrels, dormice, wild rabbits, bats, etc.).
Heal them, don’t hug them
These wild animals are cared for and fed sometimes for several weeks before they return to their natural habitat. “In the summer we have a lot of swifts, this is a migratory species. We have to make them grow very fast through feeding so they can get on the road again,” explains Elorin, who works at Tychodrome.
“But taking care of them doesn’t mean hugging them,” warns his colleague Marie-Amelie. In order to survive later in the wild, these animals do not have to get used to humans. As soon as they recover, they will be released. It is important to do this where they have been found because some species, such as robins, are territorially bound. »
Badly injured teddy bear rescued
Together with her team, Leticia treats hundreds of wild animals every year. Among all the little villagers she cared for, this animal manager especially remembers a very seriously injured fox. “He was trapped by poachers and had very little chance of getting out. But with the veterinarians we work with and through many procedures, we managed to save him. He stayed at Tikhodrome for more than a month, which is a very, very long time for this species. »
After being fully cared for and therefore able to live in the wild again, the cub was released back into the environment.
Not so easy
It is not easy to handle and care for wild animals in captivity. “Even if we are very careful, they often experience a lot of stress,” explains Marie-Amelie. But some have their own technique to face this fear. The red kite, for example, pretends to be dead, it does not move. »
How do they get injured?
Contrary to what one might think, a chick on the ground doesn’t necessarily need help: some leave the nest before they can fly! It is important to watch him carefully to see if he is injured. If he seems healthy to you, you should only move him in case of danger, for example, if he is in danger of being crushed.
Injuries to wild animals are very often associated with human activities. Birds sometimes hit glass windows, electrified lines, cables, and even cars or trains. They are also often hunted by… cats, which are large predators. Mammals, on the other hand, get stuck in barbed wire or human traps.
What about big animals?
If you encounter injured large mammals such as deer or lynx, you should call the fire brigade (18). In the Jura, the Athenas Wildlife Rescue Center specializes in collecting stranded lynxes. Here, too, they are taken care of before being released into the wild.
To help an animal
If during a walk in the forest or in the mountains you find a wounded wild animal, do not touch it or pick it up. Call the nearest wildlife rescue center and they will tell you exactly what needs to be done to help him over the phone.
To help a bird or a small mammal, you can call in Isere Le Tichodrome 7 days a week on 04 57 13 69 47 or 06 25 20 27 69.. The center is closed to visitors. Only one animal can be placed there.
The Ysere Wildlife Rescue Center is named after a small mountain bird. Tichodroma is recognizable by large red spots and large white dots on the wings. It has a long, slightly curved beak and often inhabits ravines, cliffs, and steep walls.