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Santa Catarina Wildlife Rehabilitation Center




Dedicated to receiving, treating and disposing of wild fauna, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers (CETAS) are essential structures in the Brazilian environmental preservation policy. They are located in all Brazilian states, seeking to provide better support for receiving animals from inspection actions, rescue or spontaneous deliveries.

Through a multidisciplinary team of biologists, veterinarians and other professionals in the environmental field, well-being assessments and the possibility of rehabilitation of all individuals for release into nature are carried out, always following technical criteria. If it is impossible, for any reason, the animals are destined for legal or zoological breeding sites throughout Brazil.

Secondarily, but no less relevant, the work with wild fauna also allows CETAS to develop scientific research and projects to reintroduce species in areas that have had their local extinctions.

Currently, Instituto Espaço Silvestre is co-manager of the only CETAS unit in Santa Catarina (CETAS-SC), located in Florianópolis. Our work began on June 1, 2019, after the victory of the Public Call Notice 001/2018 / IMA.

(1) Ensure the planning, coordination and execution of rehabilitation and treatment activities for wild animals;


(2) Create a fundraising network for the cause of wild animals;

(3) Ensure the welfare of wild animals and their reintroduction into nature, when possible;


(4) Develop technical training, environmental education and social communication work

Mission and objectives:


Considered the 3rd largest illegal market in the world, animal trafficking is still a reality today. Motivated by the large number of buyers and profit, traffickers end up removing millions of animals and being directly responsible for the process of extinction of several species. However, even with great difficulty, environmental agencies work tirelessly and daily apprehensions of animals that would be trafficked to the world are reported.

Consequently, many animals from these inspections in Santa Catarina, end up arriving at CETAS-SC. In addition to the environmental problems caused by the withdrawal of fauna, most of these animals arrive in horrible health situations and with permanent sequelae. Although with a trained technical team and working to allow them to be released again into nature, many of them do not succeed. Therefore, these cases are referred to controlled care environments, such as breeding sites, zoos and aquariums throughout Brazil.

Unlike the popular imagination, the vast majority of these establishments are partners against animal trafficking and have responsible and recognized behaviors by specialists for animal welfare. Even though they remain imprisoned throughout their lives, the teams in these places are able to offer veterinary care and necessary medications; healthy diets; constant environmental enrichments, enabling a good life.

In addition, various technical knowledge that allows teams at CETAS to save lives and return animals to nature, was produced from studies in zoos, aquariums and legal breeding sites. We are very grateful for their work, which receives animals from CETAS-SC almost weekly with no possibility of release.




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Release Areas Registration

Do you believe that you can receive animals rehabilitated for safe release? Fill out our form and our team will evaluate it as soon as possible

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Be a Volunteer with Wildlife Animals

Taking care of so many lives is not an easy task. Therefore, we always need people committed to helping our cause. Check out the possibilities and prerequisites to work with us.