Shamwari Conservation Experience

New Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Shamwari is well known for its rehabilitation centre for wounded, abandoned or orphaned wildlife. A very well-trained team of vets, vet nurses and wildlife staff have been taking care of patients coming from all over South Africa, not just our own reserve, for many years.

Exciting news is that an all-new Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is currently being built on Shamwari!  Contractors and our volunteers are working tirelessly to create the perfect environment for the animals so that they can be helped and released back into the wild as soon as possible.

In our rehabilitation centre, release has always been the priority, so our new centre is getting a completely different look compared to the old one. To release animals into the wild successfully, interaction with humans must be limited.  So in the new centre, guests and volunteers won’t be able to come as close to the animals as previously, and the animals will no longer be able to see humans.  Viewing decks are being built next to the new upgraded enclosures with plenty of vegetation to create spaces as close to the wild as possible.  

Whenever we get a call from our rehab team, we rush out with our volunteers to aid them. Clearing pathways, creating new enclosures, planting trees, flowers and reeds, creating a watering hole and general cleaning of the entire area have been some of our tasks.  .

When this new wildlife rehabilitation centre is opened, it will be the first one of its kind. The lay out and the techniques that are being used for this new centre are newly developed and are there to guarantee success. So, with building and helping out in this new centre, we are part of a “historical” happening that will be recorded as one of the first new state-of-the-art centres in the world.

Who doesn’t want to be involved in that?

Creating a new watering hole.

Creating a new watering hole.

Clearing and creating pathways.

Clearing and creating pathways.