According to the Nature Conservation and Animal Welfare Acts, every effort must be made in order to help a wild animal which is sick, injured or otherwise in a helpless state. Sometimes the only way to help a severely injured animal is to end its suffering.
The animal rescue team of the Helsinki City Rescue Department helps animals that are sick, injured or in distress in the area of the City of Helsinki. Any such cases should be reported to Helsinki City Rescue Department, tel. 09 310 30151.
Wild Animal Hospital
Helsinki Zoo has cared for injured wild animals for almost all of its 120 year history. The Wild Animal Shelter was reopened in October 2006, with its activities now funded by the Ministry of the Environment and the City of Helsinki. The shelter aims to help in all problem situations involving wild animals all across Finland.
Injured animals from the wild can be taken to Korkeasaari Zoo in quarantine section. Animals that need care will be received when the zoo is open. Rehabilitated animals will be released back to nature.
Korkeasaari Zoo cannot collect the animals. You should consult personnel about delivering animals to be taken care. Telephone inquires will be answered 12 - 1 pm tel. 09 310 37887. E-mail: zoo.palosaari(at)hel.fi.
Injured wild animals
Korkeasaari Zoo provides treatment for injured wild animals. Rehabilitated animals are released back into the wild. Wild animals in need of treatment are admitted every day during the zoo’s opening hours.
Korkeasaari Zoo cannot arrange for the pickup of injured animals. Delivery of animals for treatment should be discussed in advance with the staff of the Wild Animal Clinic. The telephone guidance service is available every day from 12:00 to 13:00 by calling 09 310 37887.
Animal rescue services are the responsibility of municipal rescue departments. This means that you should not call the national emergency number 112 in the event of an animal emergency. In the Helsinki area, animal rescue issues should be reported to the Situation Centre of the Helsinki City Rescue Department, tel. 09 310 30151.
Dead wild animals
Small dead wild animals can be disposed of as mixed waste, if necessary. Large dead wild animals can be reported to the City of Helsinki’s supervising veterinarians, tel. 09 310 32076, 09 310 32073 or 09 31032025. The supervising veterinarians can be reached on weekdays.
The statutory control of animal diseases is the responsibility of the City of Helsinki’s municipal veterinarians. In matters related to animal diseases, please contact the supervising veterinarians, tel. 09 310 32076, 09 310 32073 or 09 31032025. The supervising veterinarians can be reached on weekdays.