A wildlife internship programme by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, Cayman Wildlife Rescue and St. Matthew’s Veterinary University is helping to return injured local wildlife to nature.
The programme began in the fall with its first doctor of veterinary medicine intern, Canadian Dr. Lara Cusack, who will conduct the treatment and care under avian specialist Dr. Heather Barron of Saint Matthew’s University.
According to Alison Corbett, programme manager with Cayman Wildlife Rescue, the internship programme fulfils a very important need in the organisation.
“It’s a very exciting time for Cayman Wildlife Rescue as we have been struggling to operate with only volunteers. With a dedicated full-time and trained doctor of veterinary medicine, we have been able to create a fully functional wildlife hospital able to handle a greater case-load volume and complexity of cases,” she said.
The Cayman Turtle Farm has also joined the programme and in exchange for loaning their facilities for the wildlife hospital, the intern will assist with their animal care.
As the programme heads into spring, its busiest time of the year, many volunteers are needed to help during baby bird season.
Those interested may email the programme manager at [email protected] for more information.
The programme is especially in need of volunteers who are free during the weekdays to help with rescues and with care.
Those who would like to help may make a cash donation or donate some wish-list items, such as towels, washer/dryer and a microwave oven.
Cash and items may be dropped off at the National Trust Office at Dart Park; donations by cheque may be mailed to Cayman Wildlife Rescue, PO Box 31116, KY1-1205.
Symbolic wildlife adoption kits are also available for purchase from the National Trust gift shop, with all proceeds benefitting Cayman Wildlife Rescue.
If anyone finds injured, sick or orphaned wildlife, please call the Wildlife Rescue Hotline on 917-2473.Please call the hotline before bringing an animal in for care.