Wild animals released after treatment in Burdur
Three storks, a jackal and an owl, which were injured and had been under treatment for a long time at the Lisinia Wildlife Protection and Rehabilitation Center in the southern province of Burdur, have been released back into the wild.
Burdur Governor Hasan Şıldak attended the ceremony held for the release of the animals at the center, which is located close to Karakent village and which has operated for 13 years.
“Today we are here to give positive messages for nature and the environment. The works in the center are praiseworthy and today we are releasing three storks, an owl and a jackal into nature,” Şıldak said, adding that the center also carries out works in the agricultural field.
“In particular, lavender has been grown and works have been made to obtain various products. We have visited the lavender garden, the rose garden and the field where other endemic species are grown, seeing the field where animals are rehabilitated in a natural environment,” he said.
Öztürk Sarıca, a vet and the founder of the Lisinia Wildlife Protection and Rehabilitation Center, said they treat hundreds of poisoned or wounded animals brought from Burdur and neighboring provinces every year before releasing them. Some who cannot be released are taken in for permanent care in the center.
Taking its name from one of the significant cities in the area in the ancient era, the center is Turkey’s first wildlife rehabilitation center in which cigarettes and alcohol are prohibited and only organic products are used.