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Animal Survival International

Animal Survival International www.animalsurvival.org Animal Survival International is a non-profit organization that acts as a voice for animals around the world to raise awareness and take action against the threats that endanger their survival. Animal Survival International (ASI) works to help wildlife around the world whose survival is threatened by climate change, habitat destruction, the illegal wildlife trade, poor legislation and inadequate law enforcement. They have been a supporter of FreeMe Wildlife and our work since 2023, helping raise funds for various projects and critical operational needs.     

The Solar Project

The Solar Project As the electricity crisis and ‘load shedding’ increases in South Africa, our compromised wildlife patients are at increasing risk, particularly with the cold winter months approaching. Many of our compromised neonates rely on warmth to survive. With no mothers to keep them warm, their body temperatures drop drastically without an external heat source. Depending on the species, these external heat sources can take the form of incubators, heaters, red lights, heating pads, and even ‘wheatie bags’ warmed in a microwave. Added to this, hot water for water bottles, milk formulas, subcutaneous fluids, and cleaning wounds is affected as our geysers and kettles rely on electricity to heat up. Moving our Centre on to solar power is critical to avoid the unnecessary loss of life that the current electricity crisis is causing. Please help us reach our goal of going solar. Not only is this clean, renewable energy source more environmentally friendly, but it will literally make the difference between life and death for many of our vulnerable, young, and severely compromised wildlife patients. We have already been sponsored half of the costs of installing solar. Please help us raise the rest. Donate

The Elephant Project

The Elephant Project FreeMe Wildlife has embarked on what is probably our most challenging project to date – that of helping a fragmented herd of 15 elephants find their way back to the safe haven of Royal Jozini Game Reserve in Eswatini.  This is just the beginning of a much larger project FreeMe Wildlife is working on, involving various stakeholders in a massive collaborative endeavour to bring about the dream of a Trans Frontier Park spanning the border of South Africa and Eswatini. This park will provide a temporary sanctuary for the burgeoning herds of elephant in the area while new homes can be found for the majority of these beloved African icons. Royal Jozini Game Reserve, together with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, are already working on a contraceptive program to temporarily halt the breeding of the elephants until they can be relocated to other reserves.  A project of this magnitude has to be broken down into smaller phases. Funding has already been secured for phase 1 – the moving of the 15 elephants into the safety of Royal Jozini Game Reserve. We thank Animal Survival International for making this possible, as well as funding the counting of all the elephants on Royal Jozini Game Reserve, by helicopter, in order to help plan phase 2. Phase 2 (at an estimated cost of R3 000 000) involves fencing Pongola Nature Reserve, belonging to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, to secure the South African border of the Trans Frontier Park. It is critical this fencing be of a standard to hold elephant and other big game before the border fence can be dropped between South Africa and Eswatini. Once this fence is dropped, the project can move to phase 3.  Phase 3 (cost still to be confirmed) will involve the capture and translocation of the excess elephants to suitable outside reserves, leaving a herd of 30 to remain within the Trans Frontier Park. This incredible project unites 2 countries and innumerous role players in a common goal, that of establishing a Trans Frontier Park, catalyzed by a concern for the elephants.  If this touches your heart, please become part of the project by donating to the ‘Elephant Fund’ set up to cover the costs of making this dream a reality.  There are various channels to donate, so please look at the options on our donate page, and please reference your donation ‘Elephant’ so we can allocate your funds correctly: Donate

The Wildlife Crimes Project

The Wildlife Crimes Project The illegal poaching, trade, and trafficking of wildlife is a growing concern, both in South Africa, and the rest of the world.  FreeMe Wildlife is playing its part to help curb this cruel persecution of our wildlife by supporting our conservation authority Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, SAPS Stock Theft Units, and both our local and national SPCA’s by providing, among other services, chain of custody necropsy reports and evidence that has led to several successful convictions.  If we can stand together, we can turn the tide of poaching, trafficking, and the illegal wildlife trade. If this is a cause close to your heart, please contribute to the ‘Wildlife Crimes Fund’ that has been set up to cover the costs involved.  There are various channels to donate, so please look at the options on our donate page, and please reference your donation ‘Poaching’ so we can allocate your funds correctly:  Donate

South African National Biodiversity Institute

South African National Biodiversity Institute www.sanbi.org The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), based in Pretoria, focuses on building up the knowledge of South Africa’s rich species biodiversity. They do this by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating new information with exciting studies and conserving this within their National Zoology and Botanical Gardens. SANBI’s mission is to champion the exploration, conservation, sustainable use, appreciation, and enjoyment of South Africa’s exceptionally rich biodiversity for all South Africans. FreeMe Wildlife supplies SANBI with species DNA as part of the Barcode for Wildlife biobank, and the GEF7 wildlife forensic genetics project.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife www.kznwildlife.com Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, KwaZulu-Natal’s authorities in Wildlife Nature Conservation, have the immensely difficult job of controlling and protecting KwaZulu-Natal’s wildlife and land. Their headquarters are at Queen Elizabeth Park in Pietermaritzberg but they manage more than 120 protected areas and are the leaders in sustainable biodiversity conservation. Ezemvelo is strongly involved in the protection of KwaZulu-Natal’s wildlife and are always prepared to get involved in animal trafficking, anti-poaching, and mismanagement cases. They set the standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation, and FreeMe Wildlife strives to work with them to improve standards and legislation relating to wildlife rehabilitation.

NSPCA

National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.nspca.co.za The NSPCA is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in South Africa, for over 60 years they have helped to protect domestic animals and wildlife alike. The NSPCA believes in Five Freedoms, Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition, Freedom to express normal behaviour, Freedom from discomfort, Freedom from fear and distress, Freedom from pain, injury or disease. With their main objective being to serve and protect the voiceless many, they have done a fantastic job for Animal Welfare and in building up an empathetic South Africa. FreeMe Wildlife is registered with the NSPCA and has become a haven for many wild animals rescued by SPCA’s around KwaZulu-Natal.

Raptor Rehab – Bahrain

Raptor Rehab – Bahrain https://www.facebook.com/RaptorRehab.org/ Raptor Rehab is an organization located in the Kingdom of Bahrain, dedicated to the preservation and conservation of indigenous birds of prey and their habitats through rescue efforts, research, and conservation education. They work closely with local rescue groups and often rehabilitate injured raptors from cruel housing facilities or illegal markets. In addition, the organization works diligently at public education and awareness through school visits and participation in community events to teach the importance of conservation and protection for indigenous birds of prey. FreeMe Wildlife is proud to be working on collaborative ideas and projects with Raptor Rehab Bahrain.

Qambathi Mountain Lodge

Qambathi Mountain Lodge www.qambathi.com Nestled in the Kamberg, surrounded by mountains and indigenous forests, Qambathi Mountain Lodge is a four-star lodge catering to both national and international visitors. Owned, managed, and run by Stephen and Nadia Maritz, Qambathi is a release site for suitable wildlife rehabilitated by FreeMe Wildlife, as well as being one of FreeMe Wildlife’s Corporate Custodians, doing their part to support conservation and share FreeMe Wildlife’s vision to an international audience.

Fondation Brigitte Bardot

Fondation Brigitte Bardot www.fondationbrigittebardot.fr For more than 50 years, Brigitte Bardot has put her international notoriety and inexhaustible energy at the service of animals. With the creation of her Foundation in 1986, recognized as being of public utility in 1992, Brigitte Bardot surrounded herself with a team and tools allowing her to lead her fight for the animal cause, in France and around the world. Fondation Brigitte Bardot has been a valuable supporter of FreeMe Wildlife’s animal care work since 2020.