The CRR

The CRR is the largest raptor rehabilitation center in Switzerland.

It is governed by a non-profit association whose mission is to care for and release raptors and other birds, as well as other wild animals in their natural environment. He works in collaboration with the CCO Geneva (Coordination Ouest for the research and protection of bats) as well as with wildlife guards, SOS-Hedgehogs and other organizations working for wildlife protection.

The founder of the CRR, Ludovic Bourqui, is a man passionate about the world of birds and raptors. For more than 10 years, he worked as volunteer and manager for a swiss ornithological center, specializing in the care of aquatic birds and raptors.

 

In 2007, the Bardonnex site served as an annex to the ornithological center in which Ludovic Bourqui worked as a volunteer.

In 2010, he and his team formalized the independent CRR and created the association of the same name.

The site located in an orchard, covers 12,000 square meters. It is equipped with 7 ponds of different sizes for water birds. All surrounded by an electric park to protect residents.

 

Presentation

69 aviaries were built, including 5 flight tunnels. Part of them houses resident birds (not releasable) and another part, prohibited to the public, is dedicated to raptors and other birds that the CRR wishes to release.

The Raptor Rehabilitation Center has the largest tunnel aviaries in Switzerland. Their lengths ranging from 36 to 50 meters make it possible to observe the flight capacity of birds, before releasing them.

The CRR also has an aviary exclusively reserved for passerines as well as 4 multipurpose aviaries to accommodate other birds and / or mammals.

More than ten boxes, more than a square meter in size, are installed to receive hedgehogs.

 

Operation

The Raptor Rehabilitation Center relies mainly on the work of a team of motivated volunteers, people placed by the General Hospice as well as interns. It works in collaboration with veterinary services, local authorities, etc.

Foundations and donations allow the CRR to expand, develop and renovate its center.