The Cost of Caring for Hedgehogs
The average cost to rehabilitate and release an overwintering hedgehog is £150 per animal, roughly. Given that we overwintered upwards of 140 hedgehogs for the winter of 2020 – 2021, well, you can imagine how quickly costs mount up.
The table below gives a list of some of the more common items and the prices.
To give life saving first aid treatment to one hedgehog£10.00
To administer a course of antibiotics to one hedgehog£12.60
To feed a hedgehog during an average 12 week stay£60.00
To wash and disinfect one hedgehog's food bowl & bedding£0.50
To buy feeding equipment to feed orphaned hoglets£14.99
To provide life saving laboratory diagnostic test results£25.00
To hand rear one baby hedgehog£75.00
To keep one hedgehog in the Hospital for the whole winter - to prevent it from hibernating (which could be dangerous if hedgehogs are underweight or injured)£150.00
To have a Vet operate on an injured hedgehog£150.00
To buy one intensive care unit (Brinsea TLC40 Advanced)£533.23
To provide a heated mat for sick/injured hogs that need to keep their body temperature up£22.00
Housing for one hedgehog (Zoozone Medium)£45.00