Tenikwa’s wildlife rehabilitation program grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the founders started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooden shed behind their house.
The wildlife hospital admits approximately 200 – 300 animals per year. These animals arrive at Tenikwa through the nature authorities managing the area, the general public and the community at large. The rehabilitation activities of Tenikwa are subject to strict Permit conditions issued by several governmental regulatory bodies such as The Department of Environment and CapeNature Conservation Services. Releases are carried out in conjunction with nature authorities and other conservation bodies.
Animals under rehabilitation are kept away from the general public. Animals seen by guests on tour are not releasable and act as inspiration for their species in the wild.
Whilst day visitors and overnight guests visiting Tenikwa provide the bulk of funds to run the facility; the treatment, specialized care and complexity of successfully returning animals to the wild is a very expensive business. Tenikwa is a non-profit organization and all income derived is utilised to ensure the on-going sustainability of the facility. Public donations, bequeaths and sponsorships are gratefully accepted and responsibly utilized to achieve our conservation goal of ensuring that all wild animals admitted for rehabilitation have the maximum opportunity to return to the wild where they belong.