Shamwari Private Game Reserve, outside Port Elizabeth, opened their R5 million Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre this week.
The project, hailed as a major step for SA conservation, aims to care and treat injured, ill or abandoned animals before releasing them back to the wild.
The project, part of the $25 million (R348m) investment in Shamwari by the reserve’s owners, Investment Corporation Dubai, focuses on rehabilitating animals without habituating them to humans.
Shamwari chief exeuctive Joe Cloete said, it was an important step in the fight to preserve Africa’s biodiversity and natural splendour.
“This operation has become an epicentre for successful wildlife rehabilitation, and the facilities we’re opening will be integral to that. It will also be the new home to the Wildlife Rehabilitation team under the stewardship of wildlife vet Dr Johan Joubert and ecologist, John O’Brien.