Along with all the other projects, research and conservation work the Wild Volunteers do they also take care of the wildlife clinic that is onsite. The clinic is only small but the work put into it is a lot, making sure that it is ready for any animal that may end up here. The clinic takes in injured, ill and orphaned animals to look after them and getting them healthy and strong enough to be pre-release ready. There have already been a range of different animals that have come through the clinic and have had a successful release.
I have learnt different skills and gained knowledge in looking after some of the animals that have come through the clinic. One of my favourites was the bush baby having to syringe feed it which wasn’t easy when all they want to do climb and play. I have helped to restrain mongoose so they could be treated for ticks and fattened up with food before releasing them, even when we released them the clinic still smelt like them for a good week after. One day when we went to Sodwana we picked up an injured a purple gloss snake which we think was attacked by a cat, we took him back to the clinic and cleaned him up.
Not all animals that come through the clinic need to be treated some animals come through to be pre-release into an enclosure getting prepare to then be released back into the wild when they are ready. There have been wood owls, barn owls, eagle owls, striped pole cats, mongoose and bush babies that have all been successfully released.
As well as rescued/pre-release animals the clinic also houses resident animals which are used for education, from venomous snakes to caiman and the different scorpions that you can find in south Africa. With these animals I have learnt the different snake venoms and what they do to the body if bitten by one and how to handle them in a safe environment.
All of this put together has helped me to gain some amazing experiences with animals I never though I would work with.