Prague’s animal rescue station will be completely modernized

Prague is preparing to completely rebuild its wild animal rescue station

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston Published on 09.09.2019 07:00:00 (updated on 11.03.2021) Reading time: 3 minutes

Prague City Hall is preparing to completely rebuild its wild animal rescue station in Jinonice so it meets modern standards. In October the city and its subsidiary organization Lesy hl. m. Prahy will apply for a joint zoning permit and building permit. The actual work should then begin next year and should be completed in approximately two years. The total amount of the investment is 173 million CZK without VAT.

The new environmentally friendly complex is designed to treat up to about 800 animals, and its capabilities will fully comply with the applicable laws and the city’s requirements for the care of wild animals, according to a City Hall press release.

The rescue station
will be able to receive any injured wild animal except the brown
bear. The complex is also designed in accordance with Prague’s
environmental strategy, and will use rainwater to the maximum extent
possible and individual buildings will be equipped with green roofs.

rescue station
Visualization of the new rescue station. via Praha.EU

“Wild animals are
an integral part of Prague’s nature. Sometimes, however, they cruelly
pay for clashing with the urban environment. The technical condition
of the existing rescue station is disastrous and provides neither
comfort nor sufficient facilities for the work of our nurses. That is
why Prague has decided to build a new facility that will meet modern
standards,” Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček (United force for Prague)
said.

Ondřej Palička of
city forestry firm Lesy hl. m. Prahy said the new facility is needed
if the city will be effective in managing wildlife.

“The Prague rescue
station for wildlife has been operating since 2012, but all the time
the nurses and employees work in makeshift conditions. So far,
residential spaces have served as a veterinary infirmary and
facilities for the care of injured animals,” he said.

rescue station
Visualization of the new rescue station. via Praha.EU

“However, the
number of animals received increases every year and the space and
care requirements increase. The new facility with full-scale medical
and rehabilitation complexes will allow animal patients to recover
better and faster, and provide nurses with adequate facilities for
their work,” he said.

The new project
envisages the construction of a veterinary office with an operating
room and an intensive care unit, which will increase the chances of
surviving seriously injured animals. The proposed area also includes
specialized rehabilitation facilities that meet the requirements for
the care of the most commonly accepted species of animals.

The dominant feature
will be a treatment facility for swans and other water birds, and for
rearing squirrels. The individual aviary complexes are planned to be
multifunctional so that they can be adapted to the specific needs of
the animals received if necessary.

There will also be
rehabilitation paddocks for hoofed mammals and a water paddock for
otters and beavers, which are beginning to appear in Prague’s nature
areas.

rescue station
Visualization of the new rescue station. via Praha.EU

“I am delighted
that Prague citizens are increasingly aware of the activities of the
rescue station in Jinonice, because their cooperation is absolutely
necessary for the rescue of our wild animals,” Hlubuček said.

The city’s rescue
station treats more than 5,000 injured or otherwise handicapped
animals a year and is the busiest of all similar facilities in the
Czech Republic. The new premises will significantly improve the
conditions for treated animals, facilitate their recovery and return
to the wild.

More information about the rescue station, including an emergency hotline, can be found here.

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