With a large proportion of our district made up of a long coastline, nature reserves and national parks, the CoGH SPCA Wildlife Unit serves a critical role in responding to reports of displaced, injured and sick wildlife and investigating reports of cruelty to wild animals.
Short-term wildlife care facility
Purpose-built to enable the CoGH SPCA to provide emergency treatment and short-term care to a wide range of injured, sick and errant wild animals – Cape Town's first Short Term Wildlife Care Facility was officially opened on 2 May 2012 by Marjorie Letoaba of the National Lotteries Board and CoGH SPCA Wildlife Unit Ambassador and environmental campaigner, Lewis Pugh.
The need for a specialist facility has been felt since we first began responding to wildlife emergencies in early 2000. With the growth in urban sprawl the incidences of human/wildlife conflicts have risen each year.
Designed by 4th Dimension Studios’ and built by R+N Master Builders, the completed 456 square metre facility is conveniently located alongside the Inspectorate offices at the SPCA in Grassy Park. It will enable us to simultaneously care for different types of wild animals until they can be released back to the wild, or transferred to appropriate long-term rehabilitation centres.
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) awarded funding of R3,993,115 for the development of the facility; to which we added a further R620 000 to enhance the original specifications, bringing the total building cost to R4 613 115.
The facility is a valuable resource to all who care about the protection and conservation of wildlife. It has been endorsed and welcomed by all major stakeholders, including local and provincial environmental authorities as well as the NSPCA.
To report cruelty towards our wildlife or wild animals in distress, call us on 021 700 4158/4159, or after hours and on weekends call 083 326 1604.