Trinidad is unique among Caribbean Islands for the richness of its ecological resources, boasting the highest biological diversity in the region. Seven types of forest support more than 426 species of birds and hundreds of thousands of plants, over 100 species of mammals of which 58 species are bats, 70 species of reptiles, 600 species of butterflies, some of which are endemic, and a vast fauna of insects many of which are yet to be described by science.
The coastal areas include mangrove swamps of regional and global significance, offshore islets support breeding colonies of seabirds, and small but unique coral reefs are home to a variety of fish and other organisms.
The marine environment includes the cetaceans, whales and dolphins, and the West Indian manatee which travels between the Orinoco delta of the mainland and the East coast of Trinidad. Leatherback and green turtles nest on our beaches.
Trinidad is an oil producing country with well developed industrial infrastructure, an agriculture sector, sprawling urbanization and a rapidly expanding human population.
The Wildlife Orphanage and Rehabilitation Center has treated everything from bats to opossums, land snails to frigate birds and oiled land birds; rescued boas from under car hoods, caimans from backyards and factory sites, and owls from the sitting room. We have even been called out to treat and, sadly, euthanize, a Rough-toothed Dolphin.
W.O.R.C. is an incorporated non-profit company, staffed by
volunteers and funded by private and corporate
W.O.R.C. is at present the only registered Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility on the Island.
We are dedicated to providing care, medical treatment, recuperation and rehabilitation to orphaned, sick, displaced or injured native birds and animals, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat.
In addition to treatment, the work of the Center generates valuable biological, behavioral and clinical data.
We work closely with the Governmental Wildlife Authority and Forestry Division and strive to set a standard in rehabilitation practice and management in Trinidad and Tobago.
W.O.R.C. relies entirely on volunteers to meet its needs and donations to fund its work.