Friday, April 10th 2015. BMG: The Belize Raptor Center, a non-profit organization registered in both Belize and the US donated the sum of $20,000 dollars for the rehabilitation of the raptor center at Belize Bird Rescue, a Non-Governmental Organization. The barn consists of 5 rehabilitation cells; Two 12’ x 12’ and two 12’ x 24’ enclosures for limited one 24’ x 60’ unlimited activity flight enclosure. All new enclosures were built onto an already existing structure; this structure was adequate for owls but not suitable for other birds of prey. At the moment BBR has 8 Barn Owls and one Crane Hawk rehabilitating within the walls of the raptor barn.
BRC director, Sarah Mann noted respectfully that BBR is an incredible rehabilitation center and decided to revamp their mission statement to focus on educational outreach and become the head volunteer rehabilitator for BBR. With this came the decision to donate this amazingly built rehabilitation barn for the continued use of rehabbing birds of prey for many more years to come.
The US Donors are Dave and Ellen Sloan from Flower Mound Texas. The donors also sent their daughter and son in law to Belize to help construct the barn and they want to make sure to thank Nikki and Jerry for hosting them during this 2 week stay.
BBR Directors, Nikki and Jerry Larder moved to Belize to retire and 14 years later they manage the only avian rehabilitation center and sanctuary in Belize, taking in a record number of avian patients in 2014, including the highest number of birds of prey. Since becoming an NGO in 2015, BBR was run exclusively on private funds. Over the last 4 years they have increased their educational outreach and in 2014 partnered up with the Belize Raptor Center to make a much larger impact.
“The dedication and love BBR directors have for protecting the birds of Belize is inspiring and I am honored to be able to work side by side with them” expressed Sarah Mann.
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