Whilst in the area with the Trec1000 team, we were invited to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where we were guided through the history of the various animals that have found their way here for sanctuary. Many have been been abandoned, injured and poisoned – some irresponsibly hand reared until it was no longer safe to keep them.
Moholoholo is highly regarded for its wildlife education in South Africa and they work passionately to rescue and save animals, where possible releasing them back into the wild. It was very uplifting to spend an afternoon here learning more from the people involved.
Among the local ‘residents’ we met were wild dogs, or painted dogs as they are fondly called. I do confess that it was hard to see these beauties behind fences.
These lions below were hand-raised by a local farmer and are now destined to a life in captivity. Its very difficult to reintroduce lions back into the wild once they have been habituated. They prove a greater danger to people, given their lack of fear. Its a problem, and time that we learned not to take a lion cub home to cuddle, no matter how tempting it may be. Its condemning them to a life of lost freedom.
Our guide feeding the male lion through the fence, I badly wanted to do the same but its not really recommended. I’m told.
Pretty clear. Although I can’t help but feel that the other side of the sign should read “Beware of Humans” for the Lions and Leopards.
There was a young female giraffe Melman, followed us around.
Honeybadger, seriously interesting little guys. This one is called Stoffel.
Further complexities surrounding game lodge management, adding a further dimension to all that we were learning. They offer Volunteer programs, Tracking Courses and Junior Wildlife training among other things.