In 2001, The Beijing Raptor Rescue Center (BRRC) was founded to rescue and rehabilitate birds of prey in China. Raptors are protected by Chinese law, and they are threatened from habitat loss to illegal trade. At BRRC, staff have rescued over 4,000 birds of prey – more than 30 different species of hawks, eagles, owls and vultures –in the centers’ 16 years.
Over 55 percent of the birds of prey that have come into BRRC are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. One such bird was a long eared owl, brought into the center covered in scars and barely able to fly. He stayed at BRRC until he recovered from his injuries and successfully flew back to the wild.
Contrary to what many people think, raptors are not companion animals and not suitable to be kept at home. Raising raptors on a leash in a cage will cause serious damage to them and take away the opportunity to return them to the wild.
In addition to providing the best care and rehabilitation to the raptors, the BRRC has also positively influenced government policy and raised awareness about wildlife conservation.
GoPro for a Cause will match donations made to BRRC until February 28, 2017.
Article source: IFAW