What is Collaboration?
Collaboration is not only about working with others but about acknowledging that you do not have all the answers all the time. It is about setting aside egos and working together for a single purpose. Our purpose at FREEME Wildlife is to provide the best care possible to our many patients and the only way that we are able to do this is to work with other organizations and specialists who may know better.
This way we have the best chance to successfully treat and release the wildlife in our care. Our collaboration efforts have allowed us to meet various specialists from all across the globe and we are blessed to have their knowledge passed down to us, through us and to many other organizations and people we may meet.
Below are some amazing organizations that we are proud to be associated with.
Raptor Rehab – Bahrain
Raptor Rehab is located in Bahrain, this organization is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of their indigenous birds of prey.
While they have their hands full with injured Raptors, including their locally endangered Raptors such as the Lanner Falcon, the Lesser Kestrel and resident Barn Owls, they also make time to assist in rescue groups to rehabilitate Raptors that have been kept as pets, or ones that are being traded in illegal markets.
This organization also makes time for the extremely important education of their community and schools.
Durban Natural History Museum
Situated in the city centre, the Durban Natural Science Museum (DNSM) is one of the oldest and most popular museums in South Africa. It has dynamic and innovative research and education programmes with a particular emphasis on biodiversity conservation and ecology.
With a wide range of educational programmes that cater to kids and adults alike, they really focus on passing down the knowledge that has been collected for so many years. These include guided tours, self-guided tours, biodiversity educator workshops, holiday programmes, museum sleepovers, outreach activities and public seminars on a wide-range of topics.
They have recently developed a GO WILD Mobile Museum, which can cater to schools and communities in outlaying areas.
Admission to the Durban Natural Science Museum is FREE.
University of KwaZulu-Natal
FREEME Wildlife works very closely with many students from the school of Life Sciences which is one of five schools in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science sector. The school is located in Pietermaritzberg, KwaZulu-Natal and focuses on all life forms from animals to humans and even germs.
Many of the students are doing amazing research projects on all sorts of indigenous animals, these projects can lead to massive conservation efforts around the country and provide new insights into how these animals lead their lives.
We are able to assist these students with location data collection, DNA collections and insights into the human-wildlife conflict that surrounds the animals they are studying. In turn these students assist us with DNA sexing of our animals as well as providing us with new papers and information on the species that we work with.
National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The NSPCA is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in South Africa, for over 60 years they have helped to protect domestic animals and wildlife alike.
The NSPCA believes in Five Freedoms, Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition, Freedom to express normal behaviour, Freedom from discomfort, Freedom from fear and distress, Freedom from pain, injury or disease.
With their main objective being to serve and protect the voiceless many, they have done a fantastic job for Animal Welfare and in building up an empathetic South Africa.
FREEME Wildlife is registered with the NSPCA and has become a haven for many wild animals that come into the SPCA’s around KwaZulu-Natal.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Ezemvelo Wildlife, KwaZulu-Natal’s authorities in Wildlife Nature Conservation, have the immensely difficult job of controlling and protecting KwaZulu-Natal’s wildlife and land. Their headquarters are at Queen Elizabeth Park in Pietermaritzberg but they manage more than 120 protected areas and are the leaders in sustainable biodiversity conservation.
Ezemvelo is strongly involved in the protection of KwaZulu-Natal’s wildlife and are always prepared to get involved in animal trafficking, anti poaching and mismanagement cases.
They set the standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation and we strive to soar beyond them
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology is housed within the Biological Sciences Department, University of Cape Town.
Their mission is to promote and undertake scientific studies involving birds and contribute to the theory and practice affecting the maintenance of biological diversity and the sustained use of biological resources.
South African National Biodiversity Institute
The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), based in Pretoria, focuses on building up the knowledge of South Africa’s rich species biodiversity. They do this by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating new information with exciting studies and conserving this within their National Zoology and Botanical Gardens.
SANBI’s mission is to champion the exploration, conservation, sustainable use, appreciation and enjoyment of South Africa’s exceptionally rich biodiversity for all South Africans.
Wildlife Act is team of conservationists who focus on protecting and saving endangered and threatened wildlife from extinction. They are specialists in monitoring and tracking wildlife as well as capturing, transporting and reintroducing endangered animals to new areas. They have also taken on the extremely important job of assisting rural communities with education about the wildlife they live with.
Their main focus species include Black Rhino, Vultures and Wild Dogs. They also provide specialized anti poaching services to areas that are homes to these endangered animals.
Wildlife Act assists FREEME Wildlife with post releasing monitoring of the ToP’s (Threatened or Protected Species) that we release.