Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Back to the sky

31 July 2017

Categories: Homepage News, Rescue News, Ensessakotteh News

You may remember back in 2015 we asked for your help to build a rehabilitation aviary for our rescued birds of prey in Ethiopia. Well, we are thrilled to report that it is finally finished!!!

The scale of the improvements being carried out at Ensessakotteh over the last few years, the largest big cat rescue the team have ever carried out, and problems in sourcing suitable materials had delayed the completion of this important project.

But…the first release candidate, a tawny eagle named Karria (Amharic for pepper), has already taken up residence and will begin the rehabilitation process with the hope that she can build enough strength to return to the wild.

The long aviary is specifically designed to encourage flight. It is lined with a protective screening to ensure that any birds undergoing flight training will not harm their feathers if they flap against the sides of the aviary.

Extended periods of captivity can lead to problems with behavior, and in muscle tone - particularly important for birds. Flight is energetically demanding, and without constant opportunities to fly, birds’ muscles may atrophy. As a result, and despite our best efforts to provide the best possible care, Karria is likely to require months of flight training before she is strong enough to be able to fly long distances on her own. Only then will we consider whether she is ready for release.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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