July 09, 2016
The Wildlife and Environmental Protection of Trinidad and Tobago has been formed since September 2015, and registered in January 2016 with the Ministry of Legal Affairs as a Non-Profit Non-Governmental Organization. Since the time of its inception this organization has been proactive in the pursuit of providing knowledge to the public of our local flora and fauna, and the importance of conservation and protection of our natural environment. We have had many instances where we have either assisted the Forestry Division of Trinidad and Tobago in bringing criminals to justice, or we have been able to make such arrest while volunteering our service to the Forestry Division and its officers. We constantly provide valuable intelligence on a weekly basis to Game Wardens and other officials of the state of the illegal trade of protected animals and the offenders which perpetrate them. Our time and efforts have been greatly appreciated by those officers as with all efforts, a serious dent has been made in the underground trade of animals. Our organization travels across both islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago documenting and providing content in person, online and via various media agencies of our local species of flora and fauna. Our subjects cover our environment and everything that contributes to it, be it animals, trees or even human involvement. Our organization has been vocal in efforts across Trinidad and Tobago to educate our fellow citizens. Many people don’t know of our vast collection of species locally until they have found out information, and often thank us for enlightening them. Many people didn’t know about many issues that affect our local flora and fauna such as poaching, overhunting and even forest fires until we opened discussions about it. We were present in the 2015 Hunting conference, discussing issues around hunting and even delivered printed media to other participants and your ministry. We have made many appearances on local television, newspapers and radio broadcasts sharing information and enlightening people about our organization and its efforts, as many people praise and encourage them, as they too see the need for such efforts. Our organization has been extremely active in the rescue of animals in danger, injured or those that have wandered far into urban territories. We have rehabilitated many injured animals, with injuries caused by human influence, forest fires or freak accidents. We have made it a point to relocate every animal taken into our care, and to do so in an environment that gives them the best possible chance of survival and continuance of its species. We have organized and held events in which we cleaned up areas frequented and polluted by people, and educating citizens on the effects of pollution. We have held reforestation events where we planted trees in fire burnt areas with specific intentions of providing habitat and food for animals as well as soil structure to prevent erosion, siltation, and landslides and so on. Currently many of our rehabilitation projects are housed in the homes of our members. There may be times where a rescue occurs late at night, and an animal may be held overnight until morning when it is safer to release and this would also mean the animal is held in the home of a member. Convenience is one issue, but we also face the difficulties of setting proper facility to conduct rehabilitation, even feeding. Many times we would have to set up a station every time we wish to do something. It’s these reasons we have decided it would be necessary to construct a permanent facility that provides adequate facilities, housing and security consistently. This would offer us the advantage of not having to stick to temporary solutions and arrangements but a permanent one. We have already begun such construction using any funds we have available, but it has proven to be a timely task as a result. The proposal for such center would allow permanent housing structures that can be sanitized and reused countless times. We would have facilities to observe animals for any injuries they may have incurred, and even facilities for surgery allowing on call vets to immediately attend to an injured animal that needs immediate emergency care. We would not be able to provide such care otherwise. Our facility will have stations that allow for feeding of abandoned or separated infant animals, and appropriate housing that can be customized to each animals specific needs. Our facility would have washing bays to attend to animals that have been affected by pollutants and other dangerous chemicals they may come into contact with. All stations and facility are designed to international specification and regulations.