REHABILITATION ~ AWARENESS ~ BIODIVERSITY
Tenikwa represents the core of a conservation philosophy spear-headed by Len and Mandy Freeman who opened a Rehabilitation Centre in Plettenberg Bay in 2002. Tenikwa admists some 300 injured or abandoned wild animals annually and where possible, these creatures are released back to nature in conjunction with wildlife authorities.
In 2007, to augment funding for the Rehabilitation Centre and to increase awareness, Tenikwa opened a Wild Cat Centre where the public, through a small number of non-releasable animals, can learn about South African indigenous cats and other vanishing wildlife.
The Rehabilitation Centre is a non-profit organisation which receives no government funding. It relies on gate takings and public donations to carry out its conservation work.
Our Awareness Program is aimed at grassroots level; working with local communities to question accepted practices and customs, highlighting habitat loss, the impact of environmentally insensitive farming practices and what each one of us can do to preserve our wildlife. If we cultivate a sense of empathy in our children, like a seed it will grow until, as adults, other options to killing will be explored. For some species it will be too late, but we are the last generation who can make a difference....
Loss of habitat remains the single biggest global challenge facing conservation, and South Africa is no exception to the worldwide transition of wilderness into urban fringes.
A private reserve near Montagu with botanical importance was purchased due to its near pristine state of Karoo Renosterveld. As symbolised by our logo, 2011 represented the dawn of a new beginning for African Game Lodge. Under the custodianship of the Freemans, this biodiversity hotspot became a place where wild animals will always have a future.