In Marysin Wawerski a modern Centre of Rehabilitation of Animals "Marysieńka" was opened. The sick, wild animals that will come to the centre kept by Municipal Forests-Warsaw have a chance for health improvement, and hence for going back to their natural habitats.
- The establishment of the modern Centre of Rehabilitation of Animals had a significant meaning for the entire Warsaw. Its role is not only to help wild mammals living within the area of our city, but also to care for a diversity of ecosystems of the capital. Thanks to this centre we may also count on proper and quick solutions of possible problems that may result from the presence of wild animals in the city – says Michal Olszewski - Vice President of the Capital City of Warsaw.
"Marysieńka" Centre of Rehabilitation of Animals (ul. Korkowa 170A) is located in Wawer district in the Las Sobieski forest complex. In the area of the centre a modern building was established which plays the role of a forester's lodge, a clinic for forest animal and a registered office of Municipal Forests-Warsaw.
In the north-eastern wing there is the administrative-office part, and in the western wing a rehabilitation of animals with boxes and runs. In this section there are also a veterinary room, medicine storage, social rooms, fodder storage and room for rearing animals.
A veterinary room in the centre is equipped for instance with the RTG apparatus, system of digital radiography, USG and a device for inhalation narcosis. The surgical room is equipped also with necessary surgical tools, treatment and bactericidal lamps, operating table and necessary medicines.
The work of the Centre
the First Centre of Rehabilitation of Animals in Warsaw was established by Municipal Forests-Warsaw in November 2008. It was located in Powsin in the area of the PAN Botanical Garden.
The purpose of the Centre is to provide assistance to all wild animals that are sick, injured, orphaned or which require temporary care in the scope of treatment and rehabilitation as well as adaptation for unaided life. Mammals that come to the Centre are aggrieved, among others, owing to road collisions, contacts with dogs that are at large or gone wild or with people who take found young animals to their houses.
The centre operates on the basis of the decision issued by the General Director of Environmental Protection that allows a temporary stay of mammals at large that are returning to health, and hence to their habitat.
The animals come to the Centre thanks to game wardens of Municipal Forests-Warsaw, eco patrol of the Municipal Guard of the Capital City of Warsaw and private people. From the beginning of its existence it has taken in 3384 "patients". These were, among others, beavers, wild boars, ermines, raccoon dogs, hedgehogs, moles, rabbits, martens, foxes, weasels, moose, bats, musk-rats, roe deer, squirrels, and hares.
On the completion of the treatment the animals go back to their natural environment. This happens in more than 60% of cases. In other cases they go to asylums which have appropriate permits and proper conditions for keeping this kind of animals.
Warsaw, the largest and most populated city in Poland, is, next to Berlin and Stockholm, one of few European capitals where forests are located within the boundaries of the city and they occupy substantial areas. Currently the forests in Warsaw spread over approximately 8100 hectares which is 15% of the city area. All green areas, along with 27 forests, constitute about 40% of the capital city.
In such a widespread area there lives a very big number of wild animals. Within the capital city one may encounter not only roe deer or wild boars. There are also beavers, moose, lynxes, otters and even wolves. In the capital city the wandering paths of many animals cross. In addition, in the centre of the city the largest river in Poland flows which favours convenient conditions of dwelling.