Lola the nyala recovering well after rescue

2016-01-14 11:27
Lola, a nyala that was rescued by the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is well on her way to being reintroduced into the wild. (CROW)

Lola, a nyala that was rescued by the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is well on her way to being reintroduced into the wild. (CROW)

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Durban – A 2-week-old nyala, admitted to a Durban-based wildlife rehabilitation centre, has been making positive progress towards being reintroduced into the wild.

The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) took Lola in last year, after Richards Bay resident Geoff Shamley found her while on holiday with friends in False Bay in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

After seeing no sign of Lola’s mother for two days, Shamley called CROW to rescue her, the organisation's director Claire Hodgkinson said on Thursday. 

Over the past 10 weeks, Lola had been professionally hand-reared by CROW clinic nurse Kelly Wilyman.

"In addition to bottle-feeding Lola, Kelly has monitored Lola’s physical development carefully and was also responsible for introducing her to solid food as her mother would have in the wild.

"Over the festive season, Lola was transferred from her indoor pen to CROW’s large outdoor enclosure. Here, Lola has plenty of cover from the heat, access to fresh drinking water and lots of natural food to graze and browse on," Hodgkinson said.

A delicate diet

According to CROW marketing officer Paul Hoyte, nyalas have a varied diet.

"In times of little or no rain they can adapt their eating habitats to whatever is still available, thus giving them a better chance of survival.

"It’s crucial we mimic the natural diet that Lola would eat in the wild during her rehabilitation, not only to ensure we meet her specific nutritional needs while she is growing, but also to ensure her transition back into the wild, where she’ll have to fend for herself, goes as smoothly as possible."

Hodgkinson said Lola would remain at the CROW centre for a few more months until she was big and strong enough to fend for herself and be returned to the wild.

"As with all 500 of CROW’s current wildlife patients, a suitable release site will be identified for Lola where she will be safe from poachers and have the best chance of a long and free life in her natural habitat."

CROW is a registered wildlife rehabilitation centre and completely reliant on donations. Donations could be made at www.crowkzn.co.za.

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