WHY RAPTOR REHABILITATION ?
Adult raptors have few predators and may live for 20 to 30 years in the wild. They have a slow breeding rate and high mortality. Approximately one-quarter of raptors survive their first year, and only half of these reach maturity and raise their own young. When survival drops as a result of human impact; urbanisation, deliberately or accidentally poisoning, inexperienced raptor hand-raising, illegal trade and hunting, population numbers are drastically reduced.
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RADICAL RAPTORS strives to provide on site facilities for the treatment of injured birds of prey and suitable secure housing for birds undergoing treatment.
Proven falconry techniques are used throughout the rehabilitation process to ensure the birds are exercised and cared for in the optimal way.
The release process involves intensively training the raptor to ensure that it is fit and able to hunt for itself. Prior to release, the bird is thoroughly examined, weighed and measured and all data is recorded.
Hand raised raptors are classified as human imprints having identified themselves as humans. Human imprints will not breed naturally and therefore are not releasable candidates. They will claim territories yet not produce offspring. RADICAL RAPTORS utilizes human imprints and birds with permanent injuries as ambassadors in our education and eco-tourism programmes.