The European mink is a small mammal that lives on the banks of the rivers in the north. Its semi-waterproof fur and webbed feet make it a great swimmer that enjoys hunting crabs, fish, rodents and small birds on the banks of rivers. Currently the plight of the free population of this small mammal makes it essential to support actions in site with captive breeding. FIEB adds its efforts to the efforts of others to save it from extinction.
Animal trafficking is the third largest illegal market that involves large amounts of money. The purchase and sale of animal species and its derivatives causes great economic and biodiversity losses. The animals that are seized in different interventions of the law enforcement authorities need somewhere to go, where they can be accommodated all while guaranteeing their health and welfare. That place is the refuge for CITES in FIEB.
One of the founding principles of FIEB is to ensure animal welfare, developing quality research that contributes to broaden the knowledge we have of these species. With the “Wild Pain” project we are exploring ways to identify the presence of pain in injured raptors. This will facilitate the management of these species and their welfare.
At the FIEB Research Center, the Center for Epidemiological Diagnosis of the tortoise (Testudo graeca) has been created.
With this project, FIEB starts a comprehensive study of the health status of the captive population compared with the health of the free population in order to gather the information needed to make a decision tree about the fate of the captive animals.
Currently in FIEB several studies are being conducted by researchers from the Museum of Natural Sciences. These studies are related to the behavior and aging in wildlife studies. The support and collaboration with research institutions is one of the pillars of FIEB.