The Centrofauna program is a Wild Animal Screening Center (CETAS) and Release and Fauna Monitoring Area (ASMF) located in Botucatu, SP. The Program operates in partnership with the Wildlife Research and Medicine Center (CEMPAS – FMVZ – UNESP) and accepts wild birds from three Orders: Passeriformes; Pisciformes and Psittacids coming from arrest, rescue, road accidents, judicial order and volunteer surrender. All accepted animals are identified, marked receive veterinary medicine care and are kept in quarantine until internal referral for rehabilitation and release.
The work of the CETAS is focused on providing full service to the animals from their acceptance and maintenance until final destination, since indiscriminate release may entail damage to environmental conservation, management of species, local ecology, and conservation of the referred biome. On the other hand, when carried out correctly, it becomes an instrument for conservation of biodiversity. Thus, the Program has a high support potential through actions, infrastructure and knowledge in the activities related to rehabilitation and release of birds in the State of Sao Paulo, that naturally occur in the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest biomes, besides from rehabilitating and referring individuals for repatriation of these individuals to their natural biomes.
The ASMF are the rural properties registered by the Secretary of Environment of the State of São Paulo to receive rehabilitated wild animals that are suited to return to life in the wild. Thus, the individuals that respond to the rehabilitation process are released in our Release Area, in other release areas registered under our umbrella within the Fauna Management System (CFAU) or referred for reintroduction in other biomes. The birds that have physical disabilities or that have any kind of limiting behavior that prevent them from returning to life in the wild are kept in our Environmental Education Sector, which receives monitored visits within the Environmental Education Project “It’s Worth It”, supporting the construction of sensitized citizens and subjects than can transform the current reality, through a culture of admiration and coexistence with fauna free of caging, traffic and mistreatment.