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Our Care Centre

Opened and inaugurated in April 2023, The Beauval Nature - Françoise Delord Care Centre for local wildlife, is named in honour of Françoise Delord, an animal lover and founder of the ZooParc de Beauval. It is the largest Care Centre in the Centre-Val de Loire department and one of the largest in France.

Juvenile swallow in the hands of a caretaker at the Centre de Soins Beauval Nature

To receive and care for animals in distress.

The purpose of this centre is to take in animals in distress so that they can be cared for and, if required, treated, with the sole objective of subsequently releasing them back into their natural environment. The Care Centre is dedicated to native wildlife in distress. Its mission is to rehabilitate injured animals, which are often victims of human activity (collisions with vehicles, poaching, human disturbance, etc.), in order to release them back into their natural environment. Every animal entrusted to the Centre is an opportunity to raise the person who found the animal’s awareness about current environmental issues. The Beauval Nature Care Centre has pledged that no animal will be transferred to the ZooParc de Beauval.

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Multidisciplinary and complementary teams

The Beauval Nature Care Centre relies on multidisciplinary teams made up of professionals (veterinarians, care staff, facilitators), civic service participants, and volunteers (animal carers and transporters).

Veterinarian and volunteer examining a grey heron on the operating table at the Care Centre

Vets and animal carers working in close collaboration

Once the animal has been admitted, the vets will make a diagnosis and decide on the best course of action. They then perform all the necessary examinations and procedures (x-rays, surgery, etc.) using state-of-the-art equipment. The vets work in collaboration with the animal care staff, who perform first aid and monitor hospitalised animals.

Facilitators on the front line

As the first people to interact with the public, the facilitators play a role in advising, directing people, and raising awareness. They are responsible for answering the telephone, welcoming members of the public to the centre, admitting animals, and conducting

Volunteers vital to the successful functioning of the Care Centre

Our volunteers, whether they’re animal transporters or carers, carry out essential tasks. Transport volunteers are entrusted with transporting animals in distress from a pick-up location, usually a veterinary clinic, to the Care Centre. As for volunteer carers, they participate in a wide range of equally important tasks, such as cleaning and arranging enclosures and aviaries, and preparing and distributing food. They may also take part in releasing animals that have recovered back into their natural environment.

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Young wood pigeon in the hands of a carer at the Care Centre

Species treated at the Care Centre

Each animal that is taken in is treated on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the species, the seriousness of its condition, and its chances of survival in its natural environment. Birds of prey, garden birds, foxes, roe deer, reptiles, amphibians… More than 650 species of native fauna can be taken in by the Care Centre: protected species, game species, harmful species, invasive exotic, and non-native species.

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A well-equipped Care Centre

The Beauval Nature Care Centre boasts a treatment room, a surgery-radiology suite, 8 hospitalisation rooms, and a pharmacy. It is equipped with radiology equipment, an ultrasound scanner, an endoscope, and a therapeutic laser to ensure the highest possible level of treatment. When necessary, analyses and autopsies are carried out at the lab of the ZooParc de Beauval vet clinic, located nearby.

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All funds raised will be donated to Beauval Nature’s conservation and research programmes.