One day, a good man encountered a wolf.
The man was amazed by the wild nature of the animal, which gazed at him with its deep eyes. They stood staring at each other for a few minutes, and then the man said: “I know that your life is hard: what can we as human beings do to defend it?”
The wolf was silent for a moment and then replied: “Just forget about me.”
Pier Giovanni Capellino.
Just Freedom is one of the first facilities in Europe that is entirely dedicated to the recovery and care of wounded wolves – be that as a result of an accident or poaching – with the sole purpose of rehabilitating the animals to release them back into the wild, back to nature to live in freedom.
In 2014, Almo Nature donated €94.672 – through its “Almore Fund Europe” – to the Monte Adone Centre for Conservation and Research of Exotic and Wild Fauna to fund the build of the Just Freedom wolf rehabilitation centre. The centre is managed by the Monte Adone Centre with one condition: once rehabilitated, the wolves will be returned to the wild to live free as nature intended: JUST FREEDOM.
From 2000 through to 2016, the Monte Adone Centre has received 21 wolves, 12 of which were rescued in 2012 alone!
Given the increase in the number of wolves found injured or distressed across the nation, Almo Nature’s concrete support in the realisation of the Just Freedom centre has proved crucial to ensure the facility’s ability to receive and provide the best care for these animals.
The Just Freedom centre comprises an initial reception and recovery unit to host the wolves during their treatment and therapy, this area also includes an infirmary where veterinarians can make the necessary checks without moving the animals and three hospitalisation kennels from which the wolves have direct access to an outside adaptation area through a sliding door. This area allows them to be able to begin motor rehabilitation while being remotely monitored by the staff who can easily intervene, if required. The outdoor areas are directly connected to a larger rehabilitation enclosure where the animals are transferred as soon as it is possible.
Spartaco and Cecco were two wolf pups, saved in the summer of 2013 after they were involved in two separate road traffic accidents. After nine months of treatment and rehabilitation at the centre, both wolves were released.
Watch the exclusive footage of their first hours of freedom!
A short time after their release, Spartaco was the victim of another accident caused by man, in which he unfortunately lost his life. The second wolf, Cecco, initially spent his time exploring the surrounding area after his liberation. He then moved to a fairly limited area in the north of the province of Arezzo (Italy), which he visited regularly until early autumn. From December 2014, Cecco began long-distance movements, known as “dispersal”, that are typical of young wolves in search of a mate and a vacant territory to form their own pack. After about two months, Cecco had travelled more than 500km and journeyed as far as Le Marche in the East. Thanks to satellite trackers and camera traps set up in collaboration with the Wolf Apennine Centre, we know that Cecco is in good health and able to procure different sources of food with ease.