FreeMe KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre exists to help in the care and rehabilitation of injured and sick wildlife. The original FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was founded in Gauteng 1997 by rehabilitators who realised there was not enough organised care for injured indigenous wildlife in the suburban areas. It was when the existing rehabilitators found the growing need for the establishment of a trauma/ rehabilitation facility in the Midlands that they approached FreeMe in Gauteng to set up a FreeMe project in 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.
With the ever increasing human population and resultant development, indigenous wildlife throughout the world is coming under threat as a result of conflict with people in the race for space and resources to survive. South Africa is no exception. Indigenous animals are injured and orphaned as a result 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.
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 as a whole still needs many structures to be erected before we can be fully operational.
Experienced staff have been employed to run the centre and to provide quality care, which is in the best interest of the animal, no matter how big or small. In the long term we hope to run our centre with the assistance of volunteers, and hope to employ a second animal caregiver in the near future.
The original FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was founded in Gauteng 1997 by rehabilitators who realised there was not enough organised care for injured indigenous wildlife in the sub urban areas. When the need for a trauma and rehabilitation facility in the KZN midlands was identified, FreeMe Gauteng stepped in to help. Adel Malan of FreeMe Gauteng who took on the role of negotiating with WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa KZN) ground was made available. With the help of Margie Brocklehurst from FreeMe Gauteng , 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. Karen, along with Pieter Burger now serves as directors of the FreeMe KZN Section 21 Company.
To be a world-class, self sustaining rehabilitation facility for indigenous wildlife in Southern Africa.
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.