Frequently Asked Questions
The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute is part of the not for profits organisation Taskent Nature Park. The CWRI consists of the Cyprus Marinelife Center, the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and the Wildlife Hospital and Laboratory. Under the umbrella of Taskent Nature Park is also the Cyprus Environmental Education Center, the Selvi Restaurant, the Taskent Picnic Area, an Organic Farming operation and in the grounds of the Park is situated the ancient Panagia Apsinthiotissa Monastery. Our fundamental purpose is to protect all Cypriot wildlife and habitat through our educational, rescue, research, and rehabilitation activities.
Under the umbrella of the CWRI is the Cyprus Marinelife Center which specialises in the treatment of injured turtles and other marine life and it can be found on the Medasset map of Mediterranean Sea Turtle Rescue Centers. We work in collaboration with members of the Turtle Rescue Center of Lampedusa and a surgeon from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bari. Saving an adult sea turtle and returning it to its natural habitat has the same impact as saving a thousand hatchlings.
First and foremost, we have an island wide Wildlife Support Line, a Freephone number (1190) which is manned 24/7/365 for members of the public to inform us of any injured animal. If necessary, they are then picked up and brought to our rehabilitation centre which is purpose built to minimum international standards. The animal will then undergo triage by our resident full-time vets and the appropriate medical attention will be given. We employ Biologists, Zoologists, Veterinarians, Zootechnicians, Wildlife Rehabilitators and work with volunteers and interns for the benefit of injured wildlife.
The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute is open to volunteers. Our volunteer program offers accommodation and meals for international applicants depending on their qualifications and work load. International volunteers can stay up to three months. In the volunteer program, each volunteer is allocated a trained volunteer mentor and provided with day-to-day activities assigned by our volunteer coordinator. Currently, volunteering is free where volunteers who are provided with accommodation are expected to volunteer for five days a week. Volunteers must have their own health / travel insurance and will be taken to a local medical centre if needed. At the end of a successful volunteering program, participants are provided with reference letters upon request. For more information about volunteering at the CWRI, please visit Volunteer at TNP.
The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute is part of Taskent Nature Park which is a non-profit organisation. The CWRI is privately funded and we rely on donations from the public, businesses and key sectors for our funding activities. All funds generated by the Picnic Area and the Restaurant are ploughed back into wildlife research and rehabilitation.
Education plays a key role in our philosophy of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. The motto of Taskent Nature Park is “Educate, Appreciate, Preserve”. School visits are possible through the Cyprus Environmental Education Center and families may bring their children for a pre-booked guided tour. To arrange for a guided tour of our rehabilitation facilities please call 05488111186.
The CWRI comes under the umbrella organisation of Taskent Nature Park. We are the only non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all wildlife in Cyprus. Under the same umbrella of Taskent Nature Park we have a splendid restaurant, called Selvi, a superb, wheelchair friendly, picnic area with playgrounds and facilities for the disabled, and in our grounds is the Monastery of Panagia Apsinthiotissa. Various walking trails are available from our location, in a forest of Cypress trees. Taskent Nature Park is open to the public 7 days a week. The Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute is closed to the public unless previous arrangements have been made. To arrange for a guided tour of our rehabilitation facilities please call 05488111186.
Ours is a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation institute and so, primarily, we deal with indigenous animal species, from hedgehogs to marine turtles and from eagles to snakes. Some of our patients are not native to Cyprus but were illegally smuggled into the country. However, we do assist with mistreated or injured donkeys and horses.
Donations are an essential part of our funding to run the CWRI. Please visit our "how you can help" link.
Although there are three venomous snakes in Cyprus only the Blunt Nosed Viper is dangerous to humans. This is because the venom fangs of the other two species are located at the back of their mouths, and so they can only inject venom if they are swallowing their prey. On the other hand, the venom fangs of the Blunt Nosed Viper are located at the front of the mouth, where a bite can inject the venom. The venom type of the snake is haemolytic so when it is injected into living tissues, it breaks down the blood cells and causes necrosis of the tissue.
There are three venomous snake species found in Cyprus. These are Blunt Nosed Viper (Macrovipera lebetina lebetina), the Cat Snake (Telescopus fallax cypriaca) and the Montpellier Snake (Malpolon monspessulanus).
According to the literature there are 11 snake species found in Cyprus but for three of them, the Dwarf Snake (Eirenis levantinus), Dahl's Whip Snake (Platyceps najadum), and the Dice Snake (Natrix tessellata) sightings have not been recorded in recent years.
Our research is not restricted to any particular species but covers all flora and fauna found in Cyprus. Recent projects have included radio tracking Bonelli’s Eagles, investigating the medical properties of scorpion venom and the cultivation and husbandry of olive trees for oil production.
Window strikes are startling and traumatic to watch. But, usually the bird is simply stunned and will fly away in as little as 15 minutes to as long as a couple hours. We recommend the following steps, to help you and the bird reduce stress and save time. We should note that if there is any blood, or an obviously broken wing that's limply hanging, then bring the bird in right away.
- If the bird is near a low bush, pick the bird up and place it at the base of the bush.
- If it's cold outside or you're worried about feral cats, you may place the bird in a shoe box and put the shoe box in your garage or unused room. Be sure to close the door and keep the room quiet to help reduce stress on the already stressed bird.
- After one hour, take the shoe box outside and lift the lid. At this point, hopefully the bird will fly away. If not, the bird has either died from extreme internal injuries (which we could not have done anything to reverse) or it's evident that the bird has an injured wing, etc., at which point you should bring it into the Center.
We hope these steps will help save you time and stress.
For more information on bird strikes, and how to prevent them, we recommend visiting Cornell Lab of Ornithology's page.