Since 1980, the Parco Faunistico Piano dell’Abatino offers shelter and care to animals from very diverse situations.

To the intial activity of recovery of wild animals of the autochthon fauna, has been added with time the welcoming of exotic animals victims not only of the legal and illegal trade of living beings, but also of circuses, of zoos and of others forms of exploitation.

The Park is also a permanent shelter for individuals saved from vivisection laboratories, for animals injured by hunters or by other human activities and who can’t be reintroduced in nature anymore and for animals usually considered as meat for slaughterhouses. It is currently the house of 450 animals, each one with a story to tell.

Among the primates we find the Tonkean macaques, Java macaques, Barbary macaques, rhesus macaques, capuchins, cercopitheci, a Gibbon female, a baboon female and then the little marmosets and the squirrel monkeys.

In heated areas, many species of parrots and birds used to hot climates find an ideal environment, while in large aviaries with water mirrors find shelter turtles, pelicans, emus, ducks, geese and chickens who share food and space without problem.

Between stony cliffs and trees of Mediterranean flora like olive trees and almond trees, wild boars donkeys and goats contemplate the woods below where other donkeys and goats share their hay with a group of alpacas.

There are also the elegant lynxes, the shifty owls, the racoons and the ferrets.

The many birds that are injured due to the hunting activity and the many mammals victims of traffic accidents – such as porcupines, hedgehogs, badgers, roe deers and deers – are treated and if possible released, otherwise there are plenty of space for them to lead a meaningful life.

While providing an indispensable service and welcoming animals brought by the police services and by the forest guards the Park receives little and certainly insufficient public funding. The Park is closed to public.

All these animals carry with them painful stories caused by the cruelty of some human beings and it is our duty to give them a chance to find, if not lost freedom, at least the right to live in this world with the ultimate goal of returning to this assaulted but still strong and indispensable nature.