ENRICHING LIVES

Welcome to Freeme KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation

FreeMe KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre exists to help in the care and rehabilitation of injured and sick wildlife. FreeMe KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 2007 by rehabilitators who realised the growing need for the establishment of a trauma/rehabilitation facility in the Midlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our office is open 24/7 for admittance of animals or callouts We do run educational talks on a limited basis, booking is essential.

About Freeme KZN

With the ever-increasing human population and resultant development, indigenous wildlife throughout the world is coming under threat because of conflict with people in the race for space and resources to survive. South Africa is no exception. Indigenous animals are injured and orphaned because of human activities at an ever-increasing rate. It is for this reason that our centre, FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN (FreeMe KZN) was established, along with many others spread throughout South Africa. FreeMe KZN aims to rehabilitate these animals so that they may be released back into the wild, in areas free from poaching and with reduced human activity (we strongly support Biodiversity Stewardship Program sites). FreeMe KZN, is a newly established centre, and we officially opened our doors on 1 January 2008, prior to this, the centre was operating out of temporary facilities on the neighbouring reserve while our clinic was under construction. The centre always needs development of enclosures and we welcome anyone interested in sponsoring these.

Experienced staff have been employed (together with many varied specialists and volunteers), to run the centre and to provide quality care, which is in the best interest of the animal, no matter how big or small. When the need for a trauma and rehabilitation facility in the KZN midlands was identified, Adel Malan took on the role of negotiating with WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa KZN), and ground was made available. With the help of Margie Brocklehurst, building plans were put together for a state of the art wildlife rehabilitation centre. After the tragic death of Adel Malan, WESSA took the project under its wing. It was great news when local developer Rob Taylor offered to sponsor the building. From then on, the project could not be stopped. Well recognised rehabilitator Karen Trendler got involved and "FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN" was born.

We as FreeMe KZN, operate our organisation through collaboration and the “One Health” approach. “One Health” is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Together, the three make up the “One Health” triad, and the health of each is inextricably connected to the others in the triad. We lead through the example of “Working together to enrich lives”.

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." - Albert Einstein

The Objectives of the Centre
  • To provide excellent first aid and stabilisation facilities for compromised indigenous wildlife.
  • To rescue, raise, rehabilitate and release cases back into a natural habitat, in consultation with stakeholders.
  • To play a role in the education of local inhabitants of the area, the public, learners at educational facilities and volunteers in the principles of conservation and international wildlife rehabilitation practices using the “One Health” approach.
  • To provide an ethical research facility for educational institutions, where needed.
Vision

To be a world-class, self-sustaining rehabilitation facility for indigenous wildlife in Southern Africa, using the “One Health” approach.

Mission

To rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife back into a natural habitat, whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards and furthering conservation by playing a role in education of wildlife professionals, volunteers, learners and members of the public using the “One Health” approach.

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