Open all year round

Today: 09:30 - 17:00

Centre for wildife rescue 

Ever since its creation, one of the missions of La Garenne has been to help wild animals in difficulty in order to release them afterwards. Several hundreds of wild animals are taken care of every year.

Open all year round.

Reception of wounded animals is from 0930 am to 4 pm non-stop. Outside of these times, we are not able to take in animals. The reception is located in the office building.

Before bringing an animal, please call us on: +41 (0)22 366 11 14.

  • Security

    Some security precautions are essential: the beak of a heron, the claws of a bird of prey and even the bite of a fox cub can cause serious injuries.

    It is recommended to always wear gloves and wash your hands after touching an animal.

  • Transport

    For most species, it is best to put them in a cardboard box with small holes, in the dark, with a bowl of water and make sure there are in a calm environment, before bringing them to the Care Centre.

    It is best not to feed the animal before identifying it. Forcing an animal to eat could lead to it choking.

  • I’ve found a young animal, what can I do?

    Spring and summer see many young birds and mammals take their first steps in life. They experience their first falls, difficulties to find food and trouble telling the difference between friend or foe, and how to escape when in need …

    The Care Centre can provide help to those in need. But before bringing young animals to us, it is necessary to be sure that their parents are nowhere to be seen, and that they are actually in difficulty.  

    For example, if you find an owlet, you can usually just put it back in a tree, and its parents will bring it mice or voles to eat when the night comes.

  • I’ve found a big animal, what can I do?

    If you find big animals, such as mammals like deer, foxes, badgers, and so on, please contact your local wildlife service for information and advice about the necessary actions to be taken.

  • How can I help hedgehogs survive?
      • Moderate your driving speed on the road. Cars are the main cause of death of hedgehogs.
      • Avoid using pesticides that can accumulate in hedgehogs’ preys.
      • Stay vigilant with dogs or gardening tools, such as brush cutters, that can cause them serious injuries.
      • Leave small openings in fences for them to travel from garden to garden.
      • Give them places to hide during the day, under an unpruned bush, or a garden shed with dry leaves or straw underneath.
      • Take in hedgehogs with a strange behaviour (i.e. if sway when walking, unable to roll up) and contact the Care Centre for advice on actions to be taken.
      • At the end of October and in November, a hedgehog should weigh a minimum of 500 grams to have enough fat reserve in order to survive the winter.
      • Young hedgehogs born late or adults that have encountered problems can be below this limit and should be taken care of.

  • I’ve found a fawn, what can I do?

    A fawn must never be touched or disturbed, you may think it is lost and alone in tall grass, but in fact, it has been hidden by its mother. The mother comes back regularly, usually towards the end of the day to take care of it.

    It is essential to leave fawns alone and never touch them; otherwise, chances are that their mother may abandon them.