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Abstract

Current situation and analysis of wildlife rescue in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province.

Abstract

Wildlife rescue is an important part of wildlife protection. Based on the analysis of the general situation, main groups, rescue time and rescue destination of the wild animals in Suzhou from 2017 to 2019, the followings were found that (1) The total number of rescue individuals was 3 172, belonging to 143 species of 57 families, 25 orders, 4 classes, in which 47 species are under national key protection. (2) In the total rescue groups, the species of birds accounted for the largest proportion (62.5%, 90 of 143 species), and amphibians were the most numerous (68%, 2,157 of 3,172 individuals). Alien species in reptiles accounted for more than half of the total reptiles species (57.9%, 20 of 37). Among the mammals(29.6%, 16 of 54 individuals) escaped from breeding. (3)Wildlife rescuing existed a seasonal pattern, mainly concentrated in spring and summer breeding season, the rescue peaks of species abundance were concentrated in spring and summer, the peaks of the rescued individuals occurred in April, June and July (16.2%, 33.7% and 25.4% of total number) while the highest number of species occurred in April, May and July (33.6%, 30.8% and 30.1% of total species). (4) 2 273 individuals (71.7% of total number) were released and the success rate of rescue increased year by year. It was suggested that relevant departments should formulate different rescue standards for different animal groups, strengthen the protection during the peak period of rescue, focus on the supervision of illegal wildlife trade on the network platform, and improve the standardization of all aspects of rescue.