Wildlife C.A.R.E helps rehabilitate wild animals due to FreeMe closure

NURTURE: Irene McKenzie feeds Crowford, a crow who was found in a complex car park and is receiving rehabilitation for his right eye.


Wildlife C.A.R.E, which is located in Jukskei Park, has taken in 146 animals since FreeMe’s temporary closure. “We have over 30 bats that have been brought in, and with the current thunderstorms and hail, more birds have been brought in by community members who are finding them on the side of the roads,” said the centre’s Irene McKenzie.

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“The community has been very helpful and I have noticed that there are a lot of caring people in our community. I would like to thank the handymen who came to help renovate and repair the enclosures that have been damaged over time and also by the recent storms.”

The animal activist said no animals have been turned away, and she also thanked the various veterinary practices for allowing their drivers to deliver the animals that were in need of rehabilitation, as well as Jukskei Park Veterinary Clinic for diagnosing and treating the animals free of charge.

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“I feed plus-minus 40 animals and food as well as donations are more than welcome to be delivered at Wildlife C.A.R.E.”

McKenzie shared a list of food/items that the rehabilitated animals need:

  •  Fruits for the birds that eat fruits
  •  Greens for the tortoises
  •  Mealworms for the birds
  •  Super worms for the hedgehogs
  •  Tender twigs and straw for hares and rabbits
  •  Kitchen towels that are used to line the bottom of the animals’ containers.

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Details: Irene McKenzie 083 659 3727.

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