Lebanese Wildlife (LW) is an environmental conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO) that initially began as an initiative in September 2018 and was established as an NGO in June 2020; registration number is #651. LW treats injured or orphaned local wildlife and returns them to their natural habitat upon full recovery. As of today, the wildlife brought into our care are given shelter within our homes. However, we are in the process of finding suitable land to build a rehabilitation center to house all rescued animals under one roof and provide them with needed medical equipment, nourishment, and so forth. From September 2018 till December 2019 we rescued 205 animals with a total percentage of wildlife successfully treated and released was 54.6% (122 animals). Since the beginning of 2020, over 100 animals have already been admitted into our care.
We have been facing several challenges this year, such as the economic crash resulting in a revolution and the pandemic COVID-19. This caused the increase of cost of imported supplies we need for our rescues, such as necessary medicine that is not found locally. Which limited our resources and forced us to turn down many reported cases. Then on 4th August 2020 one of the biggest devastating peacetime explosions occurred in the port of Beirut due to 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored unsafely at a warehouse in the port. The port of Beirut was an economic lifeline for Lebanon due to 82% of the country's imports and exports occurring there. The blast destroyed the country's huge grain silos, destroyed thousands of residential homes and businesses, killed more than 200 people, over 6,000 injured, and several still missing. This catastrophe has impacted LW directly, we lost two animals in our care under shattered walls and glass and have lost access to importing further medication and medical equipment needed for our rescues. We have not only been receiving admissions of several urban wildlife found injured or orphaned under the rubble but also several other cases from around the country.
LW rescue and care for wildlife through the support of the public. Your donations make our work possible. Donate to our rescue fund and enable us to help more wildlife. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: ‘In-Kind Donations’ if you would like to donate items directly to us such as food, medicine, or equipment.