ANIMAL INTERACTION POLICY
We support the SATSA Captive wildlife attraction and activities decision tool published in 2019 And have terminated all animal interacions on our public tours since April 2019
Moholoholo Follows a strict policy of no contact or interactions with animals at the centre. Our policy is aligned with SATSA regulations and International trends
Aimed at ensuring the health and safety of both animals and visitor.
Situated in the shadow of the majestic “ Mariepskop” which forms part of the mighty Drakensberg mountains, our unique Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is extremely proud of its efforts in wildlife education in South Africa. At Moholoholo we are 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” at the centre and at our own cost we use them as “ambassadors” for their respective species. Members of the public are therefore able to get an up close and personal experience of these incredible creatures and with our hands on approach we have the ability to demonstrate to the public the threats and problems our wildlife is facing today. The Centre has a long standing and successful Serval Breeding Project and more than 160 have successfully been reintroduced to areas where they have become extinct. We are actively involved in research on the movement and behaviour of leopards and also on a number of vulture species that we monitor daily at our “vulture restaurant”. A visit to the Centre is “an experience of a lifetime” and will leave you with lasting memories.
The Moholoholo team is highly dedicated conservationists committed in preserving Africa’s wildlife and they are also extremely passionate in sharing their intimate knowledge. We invite you to come and share a unique experience with us.
DAILY TOURS AND PRICES
Two tours daily from Monday – Saturday
Approximate duration of tour is 2 – 2 ½ hours
|Morning Tour starts @||09:30|
|Afternoon Tour starts @||15:00|
Open as usual during school holidays and public holidays (09h30 and 15:00),
Sundays at 15h00 during school holidays and long weekends only.
The prices below are from 01 February 2022:
6 yrs & under: No Charge
7 yrs – 12 yrs: R 90.00 per child
13 yrs – Adult: R 180.00 per person
SA Pensioners: R 145.00 per person
VOLUNTEER/ STUDENT PROGRAM
Since 1998 Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been accepting volunteer students. These students travel from all over the world for a unique African experience. Once here at the centre they are involved in all day-to-day activities and have become a pivotal part of the animal care and treatment at the centre.
At Moholoholo we are 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’ at the centre which are used as ambassadors for their species. They remain at the centre for members of the public to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures. This allows us the ability to demonstrate to the public the problems the wildlife are facing as well as give them some information about each animal at the centre.
A large part of the student’s duties is to care for these animals, and this involves everything from feeding, cleaning and providing stimulation for our more intelligent residents (such as the honey badgers). Whilst working here you will be involved in any call-outs, drop-offs or hand-raising of baby animals brought to the centre.
We are also actively involved in research on the movements and behaviour of leopards. To date we have captured and collared a number of leopards for this research and the results have been astounding. During your stay at Moholoholo you may be lucky enough to be involved in the capture or release of a leopard. Our research also extends to a number of vulture species and we monitor those who visit our vulture restaurant on a daily basis.
There is no typical day at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, anything can happen!
Working with wild animals can delay meals and rob you of your sleep, so be prepared for the unexpected. Everything adds to making your experience more memorable.