WILDLIFE RESCUE – GUIDELINES TO ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN DEALING WITH INJURED WILDLIFE

It often happens that you come across what looks like an abandoned baby bird or animal. It may just be that the mother is away looking for food, or the bird is at a stage where it is out the nest but still being fed by the parents. Remember, wild parents are the best thing for the wild baby, so if there is a chance that the parents will come back, please consider this before diving into action to “rescue” a wild animal.

The main thing to remember when you come across an injured or abandoned wild animal, is that stress kills. You need to work very quietly with the animal without any children or domestic animals interfering with you catching the animal. Please put the camera aside. Bright lights and unfamiliar noises are very frightening to a wild animal.

As with humans, the first 72 hours of wildlife rescue are really the most important for the survival of the animal, so the sooner you can get it to one of the nearest wildlife rehabilitation centres or the nature authorities, the better.

Useful Contact Numbers

CapeNature Western Cape : 021-4830190

CapeNature George :               044-8025300

CapeNature Goukamma :        044-3830042

CapeNature Plett :                    044-5332125

CapeNature Riversdale :          028-7132366

E/Cape Nature Conservation : 042-2920339

NSPCA                                     011-9073590

SPCA Garden Route:               044-8781990

SANParks Bloukrans :              044-5316792

SANParks Natures Valley :       044-5316700

SANParks Knysna :                 044-3025600

PAWS Animal Welfare :           083-2879917

How to get to us

GPS Co-ordinates

33°57’39.92″S / 23°29’50.03″E  and turn right to Tenikwa entrance.

Map to Tenikwa in relation to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth