A care center for hedgehogs will open in the Bois de Vincennes

By Graziella L. Posted Feb 19, 2022 12:04 PM

Hedgehogs, a protected species, are very numerous in Ile-de-France, but regularly end up injured, poorly adapted to city life. To treat them, a dedicated center will soon open its doors in the Bois de Vincennes.

We see them more often in the countryside, but Paris and the Ile-de-France region also welcome many hedgehogsthese pungent but adorable little balls, considered a protected species. The concern is that mammals are not adapted to city traffic and are often wounded. This is why a dedicated care center aux hérissons will soon settle in Bois de Vincennes.

Christophe Najdovski, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of biodiversity and animal condition, announced that he was working “aActively for the creation of the first care center for hedgehogs in Ile-de-France, in conjunction with the Erinaceus France association and the Paris police headquarters“, in order to care for the mammals and then release them into the wild. He hopes that the site in the 12th district will be “ready in spring“, when the hedgehog ceases to hibernate.

The inhabitants of Vincennes participated in the creation of this unique project, and voted for financial aid of 15,000 euros. While waiting for the care center, the volunteers of the Erinaceus France association provide information on the hedgehog protection, an animal that cannot be tamed. Transporting it, even to treat it, is liable to 150,000 euro fine, the mammal being a protected species. Must therefore avoid touching themand call a veterinarian directly, for now.

The hedgehog population is very important in Paris, even if a precise count is impossible. They are found in particular on the Petite Ceinture or in the Bois de Vincennes. A perfect location, therefore, for the care center to come. Currently, only theMaisons-Alfort veterinary school can take care of it.

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