The sole purpose of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to injured or sick animals so as to return them to their natural habitat (the wild). It can only be through rehabilitation that the animal’s condition can improve and then be released to live by themselves as normal members of their species.
It is important to conserve wildlife by all means for future generations. Every species plays an important role in the ecosystem. Rehabilitation comes into play ensuring that animals can go back in the wild and continue to play their roles. The conservation status of endangered species is maintained and in other cases improved through the operations of rehabilitation facilities.
Rehabilitation of wildlife takes a great amount of effort considering the amount of care required. Enclosure and nutritional specifications for the different species admitted have to be met so that the recovery of the animal is accelerated. Minimize human contact is key so that the ‘’patients” do not become imprinted.
Spring season is always busy for Rehabilitation facilities because of the number of baby animals being born. It is important for citizens to be sure if the bird or animal is abandoned before rescuing it, reason being that at times the mother could’ve gone away to look for food. Minimizing littering at all costs will also help reduce hazards, injuries and even death to fish, birds and wildlife.
A good opportunity not to miss is the Cats in Conservation Tour at Tenikwa Wildlife in Plettenberg Bay which presents the chance to see what goes inside the walls of Rehabilitation Facilities. Wildlife lovers also get to see permanent resident animals who cannot be released back into the wild and hear the plights and stories behind why they are here with us. Visiting for this full day tour also goes an extra mile in funding medical and food necessities needed whilst the animals are with us.