UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) took the initiative to support the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife KwaZulu-Natal (CROW KZN) and its mission of wildlife rehabilitation. An amount of R2 000 was raised and previously loved items were donated by UEL staff and members of UKZN’s Innovation Centre.
CROW KZN is involved in action and education to protect, promote and preserve wildlife and their natural habitats.
Taking care of wild animals takes considerable effort. Time, energy, and resources have to be devoted to animals in need of care in order to rehabilitate them to be strong enough to be released into their natural habitat. UEL staff enjoyed a guided tour of the CROW KZN facilities by Mr Clint Halkett-Siddall (Operations Director) and Mr Perfect Mabaso (Marketing Co-ordinator) and saw the different types of birds in their aviary, troops of monkeys, tortoises, and mongooses. CROW KZN also encourages the public to sign up as volunteers to help take care of the animals.
Nature and wildlife conservation are essential as every animal plays a role in ensuring a balanced ecosystem. Increased pollution, global warming and natural disasters are resulting in more species becoming endangered. Wildlife rehabilitation helps to repair the damage caused by ensuring that animals have a fighting chance. Taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility.
Let us take care of our tomorrow, today.
Words: Nkosingiphile Ntshangase
Photograph: Sarah Haffenden