Some of our animals which we receive into our care are unfortunately unable to be released back to the wild. This could be for many different reasons, such as, suffering from mental and physical disorders due to the poor conditions they were kept in before arriving at LCTW. This can mean they won’t be able to hunt, gather food, defend themselves or they may lack the proper species social skills to be able to survive in the wild. They can also lose all fear of Humans and become too reliant on us due to prolonged time in captivity. Wildlife may then venture into villages and towns searching for food, this could be dangerous for the local people and also makes the wildlife easy targets for poachers and illegal traders. Some of the issues mentioned can be corrected in our Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release programmes with a lot of work and patience from our team. Though if these issues cannot be corrected, our Wildlife Sanctuary will provide them with a refuge.
Our animals who are not releasable, will receive lifelong care here in the LCTW Wildlife Sanctuary. Since 2015 we have undergone large projects to ensure our rescued non-releasable animals have the most suited environments to live their lives. These provide the animals with huge areas to explore and allow them to feel comfortable and behave naturally. Here are two examples of such enclosures;
- Our Bear Parks house our Asiatic Black Bears (Ursus thibetanus) and Malayan Sun Bears (Ursus malayanus). These parks are huge grass paddocks, each of them contain swimming pools to keep the Bears cool in the hot local climate, large towers to provide shelter and opportunities to climb and long grass to encourage foraging and play behaviour. Our Bears are kept in large groups to give them the social stimulation which they need.
- The Primate Forest enclosures give our Macaque species space to socialise, play, climb, forage and swim. These naturalistic forests have trees and climbing structures on many different levels and swimming pools for the Primates to cool down and play in. Our Macaques are kept in large, species specific troops, to mimic the social groups which they would be found in naturally.
Expert wildlife nutritionists have aided us in creating nutritionally balanced diets which mimic what the animal would eat in the wild. Our animals live in naturally occurring social groupings and crucially have the benefit of care from a full time Veterinary team. Add in our excellent team of volunteers, who are constantly bringing new ideas and creating stimulating enrichment items to encourage natural behaviours. All of this results in our animal's every need being catered for.