History of the CRASE
The Centre was founded in 1996 from an agreement between the WWF Italia and the Provincia of Grosseto aimed at rescuing local wild fauna. This agreement started a service for the rescue, health care, and reintroduction into nature of wild animals met by public institutions and private citizens. After a few years, the WWF started to develop activities related to the wildlife management, including exotic animals from sequester and/or confiscation realized all around Italy, both from violence and illegal traffic of protected species. In about twenty years of activity, more than 18000 autochthonous animals and more than 3000 sequestrated and confiscated wild and exotic animals have been rescued. Since 2013, the Italian Anti Vivisection League has collaborated with the Centre. From this synergy it has been possible to host two new colonies of macaques coming from experimental laboratories and other animal victims of abuse. The Centre covers an area of more than 22 hectares in the Alta Maremma highlands, not far from the thermal area of Saturnia, in the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany. The land is characterized by an abundance of grassland, groves of trees, forest with huge trunks and massive travertine. Climate conditions are typically Mediterranean, with mild winter and summer. The altitude of about 400/500 meters and the peculiar position, looking at the sea of the Costa d’Argento (Silver Coast), let the most exotic species, from primates to big cats and exotic herbivores, and of the parrots, reptile, and amphibian species, to acclimatise. Reptiles and amphibians are hosted in their reptile house of more or less 1800 square meters. From 2000 the Centre is also recognized as a reference Centre for hosting dangerous animals by the Italian Environmental Ministry, and from 2007 it is recognized as the Ex Situ Conservation Centre for exotic and wild fauna by the Tuscany Region.