PROGETTO RICCIO EUROPEO
It all started 18 years ago, with the discovery of the first 5 newborn orphaned hoglets.
Their mother had died and they needed saving.
Back then, we didn't have Facebook or the sites we have today.
The first connection made was with the Bellinzona Centre (Switzerland).
Following this, many collaborations with vets, hedgehog experts and other rescue centres.
Over the years the numbers saved and released has grown.
We're now connected with more people than ever with the same passion and the scope of our work is always expanding.
We decided to build an association.
Progetto Riccio Europe -The Wild Hedgehog Project.
Our Association was created early in 2017 having got the permits that allow us to care for wild animals and the consent of the Provincial Authorities in Treviso.
CRAS (the Recovery Centers for Wild Animals in Italy) also accepted us to work with them.
We started with three volunteers, still good friends. Today we have 21 trained volunteers.
All our volunteers are expected to follow specific training to work in this field to the highest possible standards.
No one gets paid. We have no public funding. The public's financial and food donations help
us self-finance the rescue, rehabilitation and release of hedgehogs.
We contribute to scientific research and have helped writing scientific papers sharing our experience and knowledge. We also work with scientists conducting research on hedgehogs.
Our thanks to CRAS of Treviso and to our Province with whom we work closely.
Thanks also to Dorthe Madsen, Sophie Lund Rasmussen, WHR, Vale Wildlife Hospital, Ricci in Difficolta' (CH), Piotr Łaskawski (Photographer), The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (BWRC), The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and Hart Wildlife Rescue for contributing and sharing their precious knowledge, time and experience with us.
Our photos below are available to download and share!