What exactly are refuges? A word borrowed from French, meaning “a sheltered place.” Refuges are places which have been radically changed by human interference, either in their physical form or their biological as well as social structure. In fact, the word came from a Latin word, sanctus, which means “sacred.”
Although, refuges are frequently called, “refuge spots” or “refuge areas,” what they really mean is a patch of land where some kind of natural predator may be eying on a few species of prey. This predator has to hunt other species of prey first, before it can take down one of the birds residing in the region. For instance, an open ocean protected by islands may not be the preferred nesting ground for the sandpiper, but rather a rocky shoreline protected by islands. A refuge based on conservation efforts, such as that of the red and green turtles, are typically safe havens for these threatened species.
One of the most common forms of habitat in refuges are islands. Reserves are sometimes formed close to islands, for example, to create a landing and take-off space for aircraft. Reserves are also used by wildlife reserves as a habitat for those animals that are native to the area and cannot migrate to another location. This simple past participle refuged means that the area in question has been devastated by human interference, and has thus been protected by conservation efforts. In this sense, a reserve may be termed, simply, a sanctuary.
What are the common predators found in refuges? Every refuge has its own predators, and some, such as sea lions, are over-invited. Other kinds of predators, however, prefer a more secretive life, and thus are not commonly seen by the general public. Examples include bears, foxes and skunks. The most common kind of predator that cannot always be seen is a cat, although there are several large cats that feed exclusively on birds. It is important to note that these cats will attack if they feel threatened, which could make them seem like they are not part of the refuges’ ecosystem.
What is domestic abuse found in refuges? Although rarely deadly, domestic abuse can lead to mental and physical damage, and is a criminal offence. When it is reported, it is usually by residents looking out for other residents. In most cases, domestic abuse is an ongoing problem, which could see vulnerable people made vulnerable even more by refuges, both physically and emotionally. A problem with domestic abuse in refuges, therefore, needs to be addressed by domestic abuse prevention agencies, and refuges themselves, if necessary.
Finally, pets may decide to stray from their owners. This is often seen as a result of boredom, or loneliness. However, if a pet does not have a stable owner, then it may decide to enter a refuges, or perhaps even end up in a street, and become a nuisance. If a national domestic violence helpline was offered to the local population, then anyone who had a pet that left the premises could call the helpline and ask for help.