Hedgehog Rescuer Receives IFAW Animal Action Award

The world is richer by more than 5,000 wild hedgehogs, thanks to the rescue efforts of Joan Lockley, and the International Fund For Animal Welfare has recognized her work.

Joan Lockley holding a European hedgehog
Wild hedgehogs in distress come to Joan Lockley’s hedgehog rescue to recover and are then set free.

She is 71, according to an article by ITV News, and is credited with saving thousands of lives — thousands of hedgehog lives, to be specific. Joan Lockley founded the West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue after rescuing her first hedgehog orphan in 2002. Located in Walsall in the United Kingdom, Lockley’s hedgehog rescue features a Hedgehog Hosprickal, or outbuilding, in her garden. She has a small team now, and together they raise funds for the rescue, attend events and spread the word about rescuing wild hedgehogs.

And now, Lockley has received an award recognizing her hedgehog rescue efforts. The International Fund For Animal Welfare UK presented her with an Animal Action Award on October 20, 2015. Lockley and nine others who are animal heroes received awards this year. Lockley’s honored her for rescuing more than 5,000 hedgehogs.

On the WMHR website, Lockley notes that she now takes in more than 400 wild hedgehogs each year. Although the species found in the United Kingdom, Erinaceus europaeus, is not endangered worldwide, its population has declined drastically in the United Kingdom, as noted in a 2011 report by David Wembridge on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website.

These wild European hedgehogs are a different species from the African hedgehog, which is smaller and has been bred as a pet for years.

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