C.R.O.W – Centre for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife

Based in Durban, CROW is run by a highly dedicated and experienced team of staff along with local and international volunteers.  Every year the team assists over 4,000 injured, orphaned and displaced animals.

From mongoose, genets and monkeys to raptors, reptiles and antelope, CROW represents a second chance at a free, safe and sustainable life for all wild animals in distress.

CROW is a registered non-profit organization in South Africa and relies solely on the support and goodwill of the public, both locally and internationally, to ensure the doors to its centre remain open. CROW is a proud member of the IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council), and strives to raise awareness and improve the quality of wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa. This includes following the code of ethics adopted by fellow professional wildlife rehabilitation practitioners around the world.

As a wildlife rehabilitation centre, CROW strives to release all its animal patients back into the wild, as soon as they are able to be released. Therefore, it is imperative that the conditions at our centre mimic their natural environment as closely as possible.

Contact with humans is kept to that which is strictly necessary for feeding, cleaning enclosures and medical treatment of that animal.

Clinic volunteers assist CROW staff with the day to day running of the centre. The day to day job of a wildlife rehabilitator is to ensure all animals under their care get food, water and a clean environment.

Main volunteer activities include preparing food and cleaning enclosures/cages twice a day.  You’ll also be helping the team with general maintenance around the grounds.

It can be quite monotonous and mucky, it’s definitely not glamorous, but it’s vital and incredibly important work.  The wildlife at CROW needs your help so they can recover, grow and become a healthy individual that can be released back into the wild.

There is also the opportunity to work on enrichment and stimulation programmes as well as assist staff on wildlife rescues and releases, wherever possible.