The mission of Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is to educate the public on the plight of wildlife worldwide. Over 40,000 visitors to the Centre each year are reached with a message about the sensitivity of the local ecosystem, and how it is collapsing due to poaching, development, and other human activities. The Centre provides a home for around 150 orphaned, poisoned, and hurt animals that, because of their injuries, can never be returned to their natural environment; these resident animals are an important part of the educational mission of the Centre. The Centre’s skilled staff has also established breeding facilities for wildlife in danger of extinction, and work hand in hand with organizations focused entirely on conservation.
In any given year, Moholoholo may come in contact with a few hundred individual animals. In one recent month, for example, the staff treated 18 Guinea Fowls and one Bateluer that had been poisoned (all were successfully treated and released); one Spotted Hyena that had been badly mauled and one Brown Hyena that had been snared (both treated and released); one baby White Rhino still nursing, whose mother had been killed (now residing at the Centre); two Whalberg Eagles with broken wings due to powerlines (treated and released after 2 months); and one Harrier Hawk that had sustained a head injury (treated and released). The Centre’s blog at www.moholoholo.blogspot.co.za has current updates on the many animals being cared for there.
SPCA International is proud to honor this program for its unceasing efforts to protect African wildlife. We are excited that the Shelter of the Week grant will be used to fund badly-needed renovation of the raptor enclosure at the Centre.