As a permitted Wildlife Education Centre, their main drive is to educate the public as to the plight of raptors and this they achieve largely with their flight demonstrations, handling days, and photographic days at the centre.They are a small dedicated team of like-minded individuals (more like family than colleagues), from different backgrounds and age groups, bringing together training in Nature Conservation, Captive Animal Management, Wildlife Rehabilitation, and Falconry.Making a difference in the future of a species through conservation involves embarking on an arduous path, one that will take months and maybe years of discussion, research, as well as partnering with government agencies, universities, and national groups.
What comes to mind when you think of wildlife rescue and conservation. Images of oil covered seagulls, rescued chimps, beached whales, dehorned rhinos? What about all of the precious wildlife that isn’t found in some exotic place, some big reserve “in another province”, but a few kilometres from our homes, schools, and offices? Many people have helped a tortoise or chameleon cross the road or returned a baby bird back into its nest, but who is out there trying to find ways to protect those rare and fragile species and lend a hand to Mother Nature to help offset the impact human civilization can impose on the natural world?
They are passionate about wildlife and have considered this very deeply and realised that there was an immense need for a grassroots type of organization to affect change on a local level. The Wildlifesos Trust was formed as a vehicle to gather enthusiastic folks from many different backgrounds who feel a calling to help wildlife. Through education, conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation, we can be a force to help turn the tide of the rapid decline of many species of wildlife in Mpumalanga and its surrounding areas. Our long term goal is to build a centre where we can focus and organise these efforts in a single place. Don’t you want to be a part of that? One of their mottos : “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!”
They aim to partner with existing wildlife groups to not only build on what they have already done but to ease the burden these amazing organizations have taken on.At the centre, they fly birds, which is done for fitness and rehabilitation purposes. This is necessary work to get birds ready for release back into the wild. Some birds cannot be released but still need to be flown to keep in shape and optimal health. The flight displays are therefore not viewed as “entertainment” but rather as necessary for the welfare of the birds. At the same time it is a great opportunity to educate the public as to the plight of raptors. The Centre is great for adults and kids alike, Birds of Prey Rehabilitation awaits, Sinlind’zile.