• 1 Karkloof Road, Howick
  • 033-330-3036
  • 1 Karkloof Road, Howick
  • 033-330-3036

The Falcon Project

FreeMe Wildlife and the Natal Falconry Club (part of South African Falconry Association) are working together to ensure rehabilitated pursuit hunters such as falcons and hawks have the best chance of successful release.

 

Falcons and hawks are the high-speed athletes of the bird of prey world. In order to hunt successfully they have to have the speed, stamina and agility to undertake high speed chases over short distances to pursue and catch quarry. Failure to do so leads to fatigue, weakness and death.

In rehabilitation cases where falcons and hawks have undergone a lengthy recovery process, their fitness levels have inevitably dropped considerably. While recovery enclosures and flight tunnels are instrumental in helping regain mobility, there is a limit to the levels of fitness and agility that can be built up in these enclosed spaces. It is in cases like these that falconers play a crucial part in supporting the bird through a training process that prepares them for release.

Experienced, top graded falconers from the Natal Falconry Club lend their services to FreeMe Wildlife to complete the final, critical steps in preparing rehabilitated falcons and hawks for successful release.