(Under the Brazilian wildlife protection organization “Associação Onça Parda Iporanga,“ also founded by us.)

There have been and are currently various wild animals that have been placed under our care and guidance by governmental and private agencies. 

The joy surrounding a return to the nature is immense each and every time. 

Tiger Cat 

The personnel at PETARS entrusted us with this young tiger cat (oncilla). She was badly injured and could not walk after being struck by a car. After several weeks of care she was fully recuperated and was returned to the wild of the Reserva Betary. 

Tigerkatze 1 am Unfallort
Tigerkatze 2 am Unfallort
Tigerkatze 3 in Behandlung
Tigerkatze 4 in der Pflege
Tigerkazte 5 bei ihrer Freilassung
Tierkatze am ruhen

Young Rufescent Tiger Heron

Local children brought this struggling bird to us. He had lung and intestinal infections, a corneal ulcer in his left eye, and was showing signs of neurological damage. We thought he had little chance of survival but could not bring ourselves to euthanize him. We treated him with what we had on-hand at the time: antibiotics, classical homeopathy, and forced sustenance. The Rufescent Tiger Heron made a surprising recovery and was released onto the bank of the Ribeira River after 1-month of care. 

Marmorreiher 1 in Behandlung
Marmorreiher 2 in der Pflege
Marmorreiher 3 auf dem Pfad der Freiheit
Marmorreiher 4 frei
Marmorreiher 5 nach dem ersten freien Flug

White-eared Opossum Babies

A friend brought these infants to us. He found them on the edge of the road; their mother had been run over and lay dead beside them. After 4 months of intensive care they were released into the PETAR natural conservation area. 

White-eared Opossums in our care and at their return to nature. Source: Martine Schmid-Fiorini

Opossums 2 in der Pflege
Opossums 3 in der Pflege-II
Opossum  4 kurz vor der Freilassung
Opossums 5 Freisetzung
Opossums 6 bei der Freilassung
Opossums 7 in Freiheit

Collared Peccary

This small orphan showed up around Christmas 2013 with her umbilical cord still hanging from her belly. She stayed with us for six months and developed into a glorious young lady. Unfortunately, due to her early contact with humans, she was far too tame to be re-released into the wild. We drove some 800km southward to bring her to the Grammado-Zoo where she now resides. The zoo offered the ideal conditions for the tamed creature – two hectares of land and interaction with many other animals native to the Atlantic Forest, including two other peccaries.   

Photo: En route to the Grammado-Zoo, and the arrival: the zoo veterinarian welcomes the tamed peccary. Source: Martine Schmid-Fiorini

Pekari 7 Céline unterwegs zum Gramadozoo
Pékari  8 Céline mit dem Zootierarzt des Gramadozoos

Young Screech Owl

This animal was recovered from the grounds of a private property. Exhausted, and too young to hunt, the owl required immediate attention. She recovered quickly and began showing distinct hunting mannerisms. At this time she was re-released into the Reserva Betary.

Photo: Screech Owl in our care and at her release. Source: Martine Schmid-Fiorini

Schreieule  1 Fütterung
Schreieule 2  in der Pflege
Schreieule 3 bei der Freilassung


Photo: Turtle and rattlesnake in our care. 

Special: The baby wild boar, Cèline

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