The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1991. Situated at the base of the majestic North Eastern Lowveld Drakensberg mountain range, 30 minutes outside Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Moholoholo offers a unique experience to all nature enthusiasts.
The main aim of our efforts is to raise awareness regarding our dying environment, not only in our own country but worldwide. Wherever possible, rehabilitated birds and animals are returned to the wild and those who are not so fortunate due to the nature and extent of their injuries are used for educational purposes to the many people who visit us each year both from South Africa and abroad.
Interaction between our animals, birds and visitors to Moholoholo is permitted under controlled conditions.
The Moholoholo team is highly dedicated conservationists committed in preserving Africa’s wildlife and they are also extremely passionate in sharing their intimate knowledge.
Project Overview Including Ethical Stand
A variety of animals are brought to Moholoholo that are either orphaned, injured or poisoned and in need of help.
Members of the public are therefore able to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures, while we have the ability to practically demonstrate to the public the problems that wildlife is facing as well as being able to share information about each animal here at the Centre.
Moholoholo receives 1 000 school children and adults on average per month. They visit the Rehabilitation Centre where they attend a guided tour during which they hear about these problems and the challenges associated with conservation and habitat protection.
The plight of Africa’s animals and our natural system has always been the main concern at Moholoholo and the philosophy is that awareness must be spread if we are to save our wildlife. Moholoholo is often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, we have a number of ‘permanent residents’ that reside at the center at our own cost and are used as ‘ambassadors’ for their species. This occurred as their injuries made them unsuitable for survival in the wild or loss of habitat restricted their release. Opportunity for assistance in the education sector arose so they were kept.
Moholoholo often receives calls which require them to go out and rescue animals such as baby rhinos that have been abandoned by their mothers, or leopards, cheetah and hyena that have been hit by cars, caught in snares or poisoned. The costs involved in caring for these animals are absorbed by Moholoholo in an attempt to convey the message that it is not necessary to shoot such animals, but that they can, in fact, recover after treatment and be relocated at no inconvenience to the inhabitants of the area.
Moholoholo is also actively involved in ‘problem animal’ control on farms and in tribal areas. The animals are removed from the area where they are unwanted and relocated to an area where they are welcome. This too is done at Moholoholo’s expense and is primarily done to save them from an often painful and gruesome demise.
Outlook on what a typical day might be like
Subject to change
|7:00||Morning Rounds||Allocated to groups on arrival. Each group is responsible for a select few resident animals. This includes – but not limited to – Health checks, enclosure cleaning and maintenance, preparing feeds and providing enrichment.|
|8:00||Clinic Clean||Clinic is cleaned twice daily to ensure Health and Hygiene is priority.|
|08:30||Breakfast||Breakfast on offer from Forest Camp Volunteers & Staff walk to Forest Camp for breakfast – which is less a kilometer walk.|
|09:30||Morning Meeting||Updates are given on resident and rehab animals. Jobs are allocated and other daily operations are allotted|
|10:00||Big Jobs||Under the direct supervision of permanent staff, Predator Camps will be cleaned and food prepared for evening rounds.|
|12:30||Lunch||Buffet lunch is served from the common Room. Self-clean up is expected from everyone who enjoys lunch.|
|14:00||Big Jobs [Cont.]||Completion of any outstanding “Big Jobs”. Once complete enrichment / attention may be given to resident animals.|
|16:00||Afternoon Rounds||Cleaning of enclosures and feeding of selected animals.|
|17:30||Clinic Clean||Clinic is disinfected in case of any night emergencies|
|19:90||Dinner||Dinner on offer from Forest Camp – they get driven to Forest camp for dinner as it is in the evening.|
Tasks and Duties
- Cleaning water bowls
- Removing food bowls
- Raking enclosures
- Removal of faeces and excrement
- Scrubbing surfaces
- Sweeping pathways
- Repairing damaged enclosures
- Fixing fences
- Preparation of food
- Cutting up of meat and chickens
- Cleaning and sterilizing of feeding utensils
- Nursing of babies – please note that admitting a baby to a rehab facility is a LAST RESORT and NOT GARANTEED.
- Call outs & Rescues. When animals are admitted to the clinic observation of the clinic team through nursing techniques may be allowed.
- Complex cases will have the veterinary surgeon called out to the centre
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation is provided within the grounds of the rehab center. It is dormitory style with 2 – 4 beds with females and males being homed separately. Female dorms have en-suite bathrooms while the males have an ablution block next door. Daily housekeeping is done by staff but personal hygiene is expected from participants. Basic bed linen is provided however personal toiletries and towels are to be brought with. Open plan kitchen and dining area is available for communal use. Hooks for mosquito nets are available above the beds however nets are not provided.
Free laundry service however there is also a washing machine available for more personal items.
Wi-Fi is available at R10/hour. Subject to change.
Buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Special dietary requirements need to be placed when booking this program.
Thursday evenings you have the opportunity to visit a local restaurant however this is at YOUR EXPENSE. If unable to go a takeaway dinner will be arranged for you
(Subject to Change)
- Conservation talks
- Bush walks
- Cheetah run / feeding
- Hippo feeding
- Night drives
- Flying birds of prey to the glove
Requirements & what to bring:
- Work pants [must cover knees]
- Work shirts [participants are provided 2 work shirts with branding. These are to be worn during the day and when on excursions]
- Clothing for personal time off. Please be respectful of the multicultural environment.
- Closed work shoes
- Personal First Aid Kit and any medication for illness – we do have first aid kid but they can bring medication they are taking and this to be specified on their enrolment form so we know what we are dealing with.
- Hat, towel, sun cream and water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Towels X 2
- Binoculars, Camera for enthusiasts
- No smoking environment around accommodation and animal enclosures. Only on the veranda.
- Alcohol and narcotics are strictly prohibited within the rehabilitation facility.
- Never enter an enclosure unsupervised. These are dangerous animals and can be temperamental.
- Accommodation is separated for reason. Mingling can be done in the communal / social areas.
- Snake and scorpion territory – please ensure closed shoes and be vigilant at all times.
- Low risk malaria zone. Consult your doctor for any vaccinations
- Paticipants will be asked to sign an indemnity form due to the nature of work it involves