Welcome to FREEME Wildlife NPC
FREEME Wildlife is a registered, fully permitted facility established to undertake the care and rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife.
FREEME Wildlife was founded in 2007 when the need for a trauma and rehabilitation facility in the KZN midlands was identified. Adel Malan took on the role of negotiations, ground was made available and building plans were put together for a state of the art wildlife rehabilitation centre. Local developer Rob Taylor offered to sponsor the building and from then on, the project could not be stopped and FREEME Wildlife officially opened its door on 1 January 2008.
Our office is open 24/7 for admittance of animals or call-outs.
Experienced staff are 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 animals, no matter how big or small.
With the ever increasing human population and resulting development, indigenous wildlife throughout the world are 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 centres such as FREEME Wildlife exist. FREEME Wildlife 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 and active Conservancy sites).
FREEME Wildlife operates within the structure of 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”.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CENTRE
- To inspire an educated empathy for our wildlife and the environment.
- To provide excellent first aid and stabilization 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 engaging with local communities, the public, learners and volunteers in the principles of conservation, preservation and international wildlife rehabilitation practices using the “One Health” approach.
- To provide an ethical research facility for educational institutions, where needed.
To be a world-class, self sustaining, leading rehabilitation facility for indigenous wildlife in Southern Africa, using the “One Health” approach.
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 engaging with wildlife professionals, volunteers, learners and members of the public by using the “One Health” approach