Wild Animal Rescue Centre (WARC)
The Fauna Conservation Department is responsible for the care of captive exotic and native animals of KFBG. We also promote biodiversity conservation through several programmes.
One of these is the Wild Animal Rescue Centre (WARC), the only non-government wildlife rescue centre operating in Hong Kong under special license from the Director of the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department (AFCD). Our facilities include a veterinary hospital, quarantine facilities, animal holding enclosures and rehabilitation facilities. Veterinary services are also provided for livestock under the Sustainable Living and Agriculture Department.
Between 1994 and 2015, over 36,000 animals have been received by the centre. About half were successfully nursed back to health and returned to the wild, or were found good permanent homes in overseas conservation facilities.
The Veterinary Hospital is the first stop for injured wild animals admitted to the Rescue Centre. Our resident vet will carry out a health check upon the animal's arrival and decide whether it requires any surgery or special medical care. The animal then enters a nursing and rehabilitation phase until it can be placed in our short-term holding enclosures, and then released (if native) or rehomed to other facilities.
Mammals such as macaques, gibbons, lorises and leopard cats are quarantined here for four months. Native animals that can be released are then returned to the wild in appropriate habitats. Animals that cannot be released (exotic or disabled) are kept until a permanent conservation facility can be located, or they join our live education exhibits.
Turtles are the most frequently received reptiles. Most are protected species confiscated by the AFCD from the illegal trade and then transferred to KFBG for temporary holding. Reptiles will undergo a two month quarantine period.
Injured birds, such as owls and egrets, are housed in this section for rehabilitation. Enclosures are designed to minimize stress to birds while they are recovering from injuries. Birds undergo a one month quarantine period.
The animals received at the Rescue Centre are hospitalized in separate buildings from resident animal cases. This reduces the possibility of disease transmission.