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RIAS - Wildlife Rehabilitation and Research Center

RIAS is the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Research Center, located in Quinta de Marim, Olhão. 

Since October 2009, ALDEIA organization is running the center 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 of the reception of injured/sick animals, their treatment and, later, their release back to nature.  For some years now, we have received more than 3 000 animals per year, which includes mostly birds, but also reptiles like chameleons and terrapins, and mammals like hedgehogs, foxes and bats.

If this work has an imediate impact on the welfare and survival of each animal that goes through RIAS, together with research and environmental education of the community - in particular the youngest generations - can have a global impact on the conservation of wildlife populations.

Want to support our work?

💚 Donation

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

💚 Sponsorship 

Wildlife sponsorships contribute to support our work. The money from your sponsorship will cover food and medical costs of the sponsored animal. 

Sponsorship options

Standard Sponsorship (minimum 35 €):
- digital certificate of sponsorship 
- information brochure about the sponsored species 
- invitation to be present at its release back to nature

Super Sponsorship (minimum 50 €):
- printed certificate of sponsorship  
- information brochure about the sponsored species
- invitation to be present at its release back to nature
- two gifts from RIAS' store
- invitation for a guided visit (max: 2 people) to our center on RIAS' Open Day (happening once a year).

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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.

– If possible, take the animal directly to RIAS. If it's not possible, please 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

RIAS' contacts
+ 351 927 659 313
Rua do Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, Quelfes. 8700-194 Olhão
37°02'03.7"N 7°48'47.1"W
Every day from 9h to 18h


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