Wildlife Rescue


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
SPCA Garden Route: 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