The Kogelberg Biosphere Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will mitigate the loss of biodiversity in this unique UNESCO recognised region, by providing a welfare service for sick, injured and orphaned indigenous wildlife with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat. By offering conservation education programs, the KBWR will advance the studies of ethical wildlife rehabilitation, set the standard for wildlife rescue, and impact the conservation of threatened species worldwide.
The growing problem of human encroachment into this pristine biosphere often leads to unintentional veld fires, causing massive devastation to the biodiversity of the area. Wildlife, unable to escape the flames, are left burnt and injured. This rescue facility will be the only one of its kind in the Western Cape and will provide a way for these animals to receive urgent treatment. Cases also include wildlife impacted by rampant development, intentional poisoning, hit by cars, and illegal snares.
The goal of this facility is to provide various training programs aimed at improving the standards of rescue and rehabilitation to ensure that wildlife receives the best possible care after an incident. Wildlife patients will be treated according to internationally accepted protocols with the aim of releasing healthy animals back into the wild. In addition, training in fire management, school outreach programs and community education will aim to mitigate further damage to the environment.
By establishing this facility in the Kogelberg Biosphere, the long-term effects of the project will be to preserve the unique biodiversity of this UNESCO recognised landscape and bring about a change in the management of wildlife incidents. Currently the rescue team are dealing with hundreds of injured wild patients with no place to go. This centre will organise their efforts and ensure a higher survival rate of injured animals while involving all the communities within this important region.