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RIAS - Wildlife Rescue Centre

RIAS is the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Research Centre of Ria Formosa and it is located in Olhão at Quinta de Marim. This centre has been operating for more than 25 years, having been involved in the recovery and release of thousands of wild animals after their treatment.

Since October 1st 2009, the Association ALDEIA assumed the management of the Centre under the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry (ICNF) guidelines, and financial support of ANA-Airports of Portugal, S.A.

As a Wildlife Hospital, our work consists in the reception of injured or debilitated wildlife, their treatment and, later, their release back to Nature.   

Support us

  • Donate

RIAS bank details:
Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Agência de Olhão) Avenida da República nº 50, 8700-310 Olhão
 IBAN: PT50003505550004877083028  

  • Sponsorship Campaign

Wildlife sponsorships contribute to help our work. The money from your donation will cover food and medical costs of the sponsored animal.
By sponsoring an animal you will be invited to be present at its release back to Nature, whenever this is possible, and will receive a Sponsorship Certificate.

Sponsorship options

Standard Sponsorship: From 20€
You choose your animal and we will send you a certificate of sponsorship by e-mail and a information card about the species.

Super Sponsorship: From 35€
Same as simple sponsorship plus a RIAS’ cloth bag and sticker and an invition for a guided visit for 2 persons to our centre in the RIAS Open Day.

For more information contact us: rias.aldeia@gmail.com

What to do if you find an injured wild animal?

1 – Avoid any noise and unnecessary handling.

2 – Catch it carefully! Use a towel if possible.

3 – Place the animal inside a cardboard box with small holes.

4–Take it to the nearest GNR station (police) or contact the nearest ICNF office:
ICNF Olhão: +351 289700210
ICNF Lagos: +351 282402320
ICNF Castro Marim: +351 281531257


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