Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife

2017-05-23 06:00
 Photo: SuppliedCROW assisted this three-day old baby Chacma Baboon, named Khaleesi, who was found abandoned in the Hluhluwe area in December 2016.

Photo: SuppliedCROW assisted this three-day old baby Chacma Baboon, named Khaleesi, who was found abandoned in the Hluhluwe area in December 2016.

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CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) is one of South Africa’s longest serving wildlife rehabilitation centre’s, based in Durban that assists wild animals throughout the KwaZulu-Natal province. Every year, CROW rescues, rehabilitates and releases over 4000 orphaned, injured and displaced wild animals. CROW aims to always provide life-saving care and treatment for wildlife in need.

As a registered non-profit organisation, CROW does not receive any government support or subsidies and is therefore 100% reliant on donations from the public to continue its work in wildlife conservation and protection.

CROW’s vision is to be an independent, pioneering force in the rehabilitation and conservation of orphaned and injured wildlife, while promoting the preservation of their natural habitat. CROW aims to achieve this vision by educating communities and equipping them with the knowledge needed to protect our natural resources and wildlife with an entrenched philosophy of working with honesty, commitment and passion. 

Over the years there have been a wide array of interesting cases at CROW. A recent case was:

A three-day old baby Chacma Baboon, named Khaleesi, who was found abandoned in the Hluhluwe area in December 2016. Weighing in at a mere 950g, Khaleesi was emaciated and her little body was covered in ticks. After four months of intensive rehabilitation, Khaleesi has adjusted well and is an active healthy young baboon with a bright future ahead of her. Over the coming months, she will be introduced to some of the other orphaned baboons in CROW’s care. From there, the young baboons will be integrated into a troop in preparation for their release back into the wild.

Although CROW shares a lot of happy memories of releasing animals back into the wild, there are also some heartbreaking cases to deal with.  In March 2017, a female red duiker was killed in the quiet streets of Yellowwood Park due to a speeding motorist.
The duiker was pregnant and due to give birth a few days before the accident.
The CROW team tried everything they could to save the mother and baby, but unfortunately both died due to their severe injuries.

If you would like to visit CROW, join the open days on the last Sunday of every month. CROW’s Open Days start at 11am and continues until 1 pm. Gates open at 10:45 am and the entrance fee is R25 per adult and R10 per child (under 12 years). Please note that their presentation and guided tour will start promptly at 11am. To avoid disruptions to proceedings, no visitors will be permitted entry after 11:15 am and only one guided tour will be given on the day.

There are many ways that members of the public can support CROW, namely by donating items on the organisations seasonal wish list, becoming a MySchool member, joining their one thousand one hundred club membership programme, sponsoring an animal or offering your time and skill as a volunteer at CROW.

For queries and more information please contact CROW’s Marketing & Communications Officer, Chandré de Bruyn on 031 462 1127 or atinfo@crowkzn.co.za
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