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Our unique Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife, and is located within the Klaserie in the shadow of the majestic Mariepskop which forms part of the mighty northern Drakensberg mountains.
At Moholoholo we are often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which cannot be released back into the wild. As a result, we have a number of “permanent residents” at the centre and at our own cost we use them as “ambassadors” for their respective species. Members of the public are therefore able to get an up close and personal experience of these incredible creatures and with our hands on approach we have the ability to demonstrate to you the threats and problems our wildlife is facing today.
We have a long standing and successful serval breeding project and could successfully reintroduce more than 160 animals to areas where they have become extinct. We are also actively involved in research on the movement and behaviour of leopards as well as a number of vulture species that we monitor daily at our “vulture restaurant”. A visit to our centre is an experience of a lifetime and will leave you with lasting memories.
Since 1998 the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been accepting volunteer students. These students travel from all over the world for a unique African experience. They are involved in all day-to-day activities and have become a pivotal part of the animal care and treatment at the centre. A large part of the student’s duties is to care for these animals, and this involves everything from feeding, cleaning and providing stimulation for our more intelligent residents (such as the honey badgers). Whilst working here you will also be involved in any call-outs, drop-offs or hand-raising of baby animals brought to us.
To date we have captured a number of leopards for research purposes, with astounding results. During your stay at Moholoholo you may be lucky enough to be involved in the capture or release of a leopard. There is no typical day at our Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, anything can happen! Working with wild animals can delay meals and rob you of your sleep, so be prepared for the unexpected. However, everything adds to making your experience more memorable.