WE'VE BEEN QUITE BUSY AND ACHIEVED A LOT.....
Its been more than 2 years that we first started operating in Ukraine. In this time we have achieved a lot. When the revolution started and Yanukovich was ousted, the country was in disarray. Non essential organizations took the biggest hit with regard to funding and zoos being one of them. LAEO Ukraine stepped in and we were able to help in a number of areas. We provided medicines and meat to the Nikolaev Zoo, meat for 62 lions and big cats at Taigan Safari park in Crimea. We provided food to Mezhigoriye (ex-President Yanukovich's private zoo) LAEO also helped a couple of dog shelters on the edge of the conflict zone that are taking care of animals that were abandoned when the fighting started. But our biggest achievement thus far was creating better living conditions for the bears and wolves in Kherson. We built bigger enclosures and made sure they have been kept healthy and happy for the last 2 years. We continue to care for them and it is the first time ever that the cubs (bears and wolves) have survived and have not died or been sold to circuses or hunting stations. We also sterilized the animals so that no more can be born into captivity. LAEO does not approve of zoos but there is no where for these animals.
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Our work in Ukraine continues........
LAEO Sanctuary for Bears & Wolves
LAEO is currently working with the Ministry of Ecology to establish a rehabilitation/sanctuary center for abused wild animals in Ukraine. We have been offered 30 hectares by local government and now the paperwork/documentation begins. It will be situated in the Kherson region in the south of Ukraine. We hope to start construction towards the end of winter, March 2017.
We will be posting regular updates regarding progress here and on our Facebook page.