RehabCentre

ANIMAL INTERACTION POLICY

Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre supports the SATSA Captive Wildlife Attraction and Activities decision tool published in 2019 and have terminated all animal interactions 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 Guidelines and International trends

Aimed at ensuring the health and safety of both animals and visitors.

OVERVIEW

Situated in the shadow of the majestic “ Mariepskop”, which forms part of the mighty Drakensberg mountains, our unique Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is 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.

OUR AIMS

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 consists of highly dedicated conservationists committed to preserving Africa’s wildlife and extremely passionate about sharing their intimate knowledge. We invite you to come and share a unique experience with us. Book your visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre today and become part of our mission to protect and educate about Africa’s wildlife.

SPECIES REHABILITATED / RESCUED / RELEASED BY MOHOLOLHOLO WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE

Mammals

AFRICAN BUSH ELEPHANT

AFRICAN CIVET

AFRICAN CRESTED PORCUPINE

AFRICAN WILD CAT

AFRICAN WILD DOG

AFRICAN YELLOW BAT

BANDED MONGOOSE

BLACK-BACKED JACKAL

BLACK RHINO

BLACK WILDEBEEST

BLESBOK

BLUE WILDEBEEST

BROWN GREATER GALAGO (THICK-TAILED BUSHBABY)

BROWN HYENA

BURCHELL’S ZEBRA

BUSHBUCK

BUSHPIG

BUSHVELD GERBIL

CANE RAT

CAPE BUFFALO

CAPE FOX

CAPE GENET (LARGE-SPOTTED GENET)

CAPE GROUND SQUIRREL

CARACAL

CHACMA BABOON

CHEETAH

CLAWLESS OTTER

COMMON DWARF MONGOOSE

COMMON ELAND

COMMON GENET (SMALL-SPOTTED GENET)

COMMON TSESSEBE

DORMICE

FREE-TAILED BAT

GREY DUIKER

HIPPOPOTAMUS

HONEY BADGER

IMPALA

KAROO BUSH RAT

KLIPSPRINGER

KUDU

LARGE GREY MONGOOSE

LEOPARD

LESSER BUSHBABY (LESSER GALAGO)

LION

LITTLE FREE-TAILED BAT

MEERKAT

MELLER’S MONGOOSE

MOUNTAIN REEDBUCK

NATAL MULTIMAMMATE MOUSE

NYALA

PANGOLIN

RED DUIKER

REEDBUCK

ROAN ANTELOPE

ROCK HYRAX

SABLE ANTELOPE

SCRUB HARE

SERVAL

SHARPE’S GRYSBOK

SHREW

SIDE-STRIPED JACKAL

SMITH’S BUSH SQUIRREL

SOUTHERN AFRICAN POUCHED MOUSE

SOUTHERN AFRICAN GIANT POUCHED RAT

SOUTHERN GIRAFFE

SOUTHERN OSTRICH

SOUTHERN REEDBUCK

SPOTTED HYENA

STEENBOK

STRIPED POLECAT

SUNI

SYKE’S MONKEY

TREE SQUIRREL

VERVET MONKEY

WARTHOG

WATERBUCK

WHITE RHINOCEROS

WHITE-TAILED MONGOOSE

Birds

AFRICAN CUCKOO

AFRICAN CUCKOO-HAWK

AFRICAN DARTER

AFRICAN FISH EAGLE

AFRICAN GOSHAWK

AFRICAN GREEN PIGEON

AFRICAN GREY HORNBILL

AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK

AFRICAN HAWK EAGLE

AFRICAN HOOPOE

AFRICAN OLIVE PIGEON

AFRICAN PYGMY KINGFISHER

ALPINE SWIFT

AMUR FALCON

ARROW-MARKED BABBLER

BARN OWL

BARN SWALLOW

BARRED OWLET

BAR-THROATED APALIS

BATELEUR

BLACK-CHESTED SNAKE EAGLE

BLACK-CROWNED TCHAGRA

BLACK-EYED BULLBULL

BLACK-HEADED ORIOLE

BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE

BLACK SPARROWHAWK

BLACK-COLLARED BARBET

BLUE WAXBILL

BRONZE MANNIKIN

BRONZE-WINGED COURSER

BROWN-HEADED PARROT

BROWN-HOODED KINGFISHER

BROWN SNAKE EAGLE

BURCHELL’S COUCAL

CAPE CROW

CAPE EAGLE OWL

CAPE STARLING

CAPE TURTLE DOVE

CAPE VULTURE

CAPE WAGTAIL

CAPE WHITE-EYE

CATTLE EGRET

COLLARED SUNBIRD

COMMON QUAIL

CORN CRAKE

CRESTED BARBET

CRESTED FRANCOLIN

CRESTED GUINEAFOWL

CROWNED EAGLE

CUT-THROAT FINCH

DARK CHANTING GOSHAWK

DARK-CAPPED BULBUL

DIEDERIK CUCKOO

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

EMERALD-SPOTTED WOOD DOVE

EURASIAN HOBBY

EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD

EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR

EUROPEAN ROLLER

FIERY-NECKED NIGHTJAR

FOREST BUZZARD

FORK-TAILED DRONGO

GIANT KINGFISHER

GOLDEN-TAILED WOODPECKER

GREATER KESTREL

GREATER STRIPED SWALLOW

GREEN-WINGED PYTITIA

GREEN WOOD HOOPOE

GREY GO-AWAY BIRD

GREY-HEADED BUSH SHRIKE

GREY-HEADED KINGFISHER

GREY-HEADED SPARROW

GREY HERON

GREY-BACKED CAMAROPTERA

HADEDA IBIS

HALF-COLLARED KINGFISHER

HAMERKOP

HARLEQUIN QUAIL

HELMETED GUINEAFOWL

HOODED VULTURE

JACKAL BUZZARD

JACOBIN CUCKOO

KURRICHANE BUTTONQUAIL

KURRICHANE THRUSH

LANNER FALCON

LAPPET-FACED VULTURE

LAUGHING DOVE

LESSER FLAMINGO

LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER

LITTLE BANDED GOSHAWK

LITTLE BEE EATER

LITTLE BITTERN

LITTLE SPARROW HAWK

LITTLE SWIFT

LIZARD BUZZARD

LONG-CRESTED EAGLE

MARABOU STORK

MARICO SUNBIRD

MARSH OWL

MARTIAL EAGLE

MOTTLED SWIFT

MOUSE BIRD

NAMAQUA DOVE

NATAL SPURFOWL

PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK

PALM SWIFT

PARADISE FLYCATCHER

PEARL-SPOTTED OWLET

PEREGRINE FALCON

PIED CROW

PURPLE-CRESTED TURACO

PURPLE HERON

PURPLE ROLLER

PYGMY KINGFISHER

RED-BILLED HORNBILL

RED-EYED DOVE

RED-HEADED WEAVER

RED-CRESTED KORHAAN

RED-WINGED STARLING

ROCK KESTREL

SCARLET-CHESTED SUNBIRD

SECRETARY BIRD

SOMBRE GREENBUL

SOUTHERN BLACK FLYCATCHER

SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL

SOUTHERN MASKED WEAVER

SOUTHERN YELLOW BILLED HORNBILL

SPECKLED MOUSEBIRD

SPOTTED EAGLE OWL

SPOTTED THICK-KNEE

SQUARE-TAILED NIGHTJAR)

STEPPE BUZZARD

STONE PARTRIDGE

STRIPED KINGFISHER

SUPERB STARLING

TAITA FALCON

TAMBOURINE DOVE

TAWNY EAGLE

TRUMPETER HORNBILL

VERREAUX’S EAGLE

VERREAUX’S EAGLE OWL

WAHLBERG’S EAGLE

WHITE-BACKED VULTURE

WHITE-FACED OWL

WHITE-FRONTED BEE EATER

WHITE-HEADED VULTURE

WHITE STORK

WHITE-BREASTED CORMORANT

WHITE-BROWED SPARROW WEAVER

WHITE-RUMPED SWIFT

WOOD OWL

WOODLAND’S KINGFISHER

YELLOW-BELLIED FRUIT PIGEON (BRUCE’S GREEN PIGEON)

YELLOW-BILLED KITE

YELLOW-FRONTED CANARY

Reptiles

AFRICAN HELMETED TURTLE

AFRICAN ROCK PYTHON

BLACK MAMBA

BOOMSLANG

EGYPTIAN COBRA

FLAP-NECKED CHAMELEON

GIANT PLATED LIZARD

LEOPARD TORTOISE

MARBLE TREE SNAKE

MOZAMBIQUE SPITTING COBRA

NILE CROCODILE

ROCK MONITOR

SPEKE’S HINGE-BACK TORTOISE

SOUTHERN VINE SNAKE

WATER MONITOR

DAILY TOURS AND PRICES

Two tours daily from Monday – Saturday
Approximate duration of tour is 1.5 to 2 hours long

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.


Prices

The prices below are from 1 January 2024:

4 yrs – 6 yrs: R45.00 per child
7 yrs – 12 yrs: R100.00 per child
Adult: R 205.00 per person
SA Pensioners: R160.00 per person

MUSEUM, CURIO SHOP and STOFFEL’S TUCK SHOP

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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.

STOFFEL – “The Honey Badger Houdini”