It goes without saying that a centre like ours needs a lot of means to be able to function properly. The Natuurhulpcentrum disposes of a surface area of 2 hectares. The buildings and cages are situated on this ground.
Because the older buildings became too small and because of the need for extra firm cages for the exotic animals, we opened a new wing in 2005. This CITES-wing consists of 3 polyvalent cages, a professional quarantine space, a reptile room, a large video room and a café for cyclists. In 2007, a new expansion was necessary and on an additional ground we placed several outside cages, runs and animal houses.
The main building accommodates:
- A secretariat
- An intensive care ward
- An operating-room
- An X-ray room
- A treating room
- A garage with cars and equipment
- An education centre
- The shelter café
- A quarantine area
- Two conference rooms/polyvalent rooms
- Reptile department
- Special cages
At this time the Natuurhulpcentrum disposes of 6 vehicles, a speedboat, a heavy dinghy and some kayaks. The cars are especially equipped to transport wounded animals easily and are permanently standby to leave at any time to collect injured animals. The Natuurhulpcentrum’s vehicles are approved by the government for the transportation of all wild animals and for the prolonged transportation of large exotic animals in particular.
We mainly use the boats in case of heavy oil disasters or floods, or to catch sick water birds. With the kayaks we can catch sick and injured water birds from lakes, ponds and canals and safely liberate them when icebound.
To catch wild animals is no sinecure, especially large or dangerous ones. For this purpose, we have a number of large nets and stun guns, although recently a formal consent from the vet is required for the use of the latter. After catching or liberating them, the wild animals need to be transported. To this end we use special transportation cages in which the animals can relax and not further harm themselves.
After catching and treating the animals they have to be rehabilitated. Wild animals come in all sizes, so our cages range from small to large. The smallest cage barely measures 50 cm³, while the largest flying cage measures no less than 20 m by 10 m by 8 m. All these cages are especially adapted to the type of animal they contain.
Other cages or rehabilitation rooms:
- A fox cage
- The readaptation flying cage
- Duck ponds
- The deer pastures
- The new monkey house
- A cage for large predators
- A readaptation woodland for young deer
- A readaptation cage for squirrels