Gitta-Martula wildlife rehabilitation centre

A baby squirrel at the Gitta-Martula wildlife rehabilitation centre, feeding from a syringe. He has been at the centre since before his eyes were open.

MAROELASFONTEIN – The idea of a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Thabazimbi area was thought of by Cara and Louis De Bruyn back in 2009.

After much research they realized that a facility of this kind would greatly benefit Thabazimbi and surrounding areas.  After finding sponsors and obtaining the required permits it was with great enthusiasm that Cara and Louis embarked on the planning of their Rehab Centre.

By March 2010, everything was in place and the designing and building of this new facility began.  This was an amazing experience, so much to think about, but with virgin ground and eager minds, it was both challenging and exciting.

The operation is now complete; a clinic has been built for emergency operations, inside cages with infrared lights and heater pads for small animals.

Outside enclosures, for larger animals, each enclosure has a night-house, again with infrared light for heating, and there are two large bomas.

Their first patient arrived back in November 2010, and there has been a steady flow of animals which were in need of attention, since then.

This is not a veterinary practice, but Medivet supported this idea and have offered assistance when it is needed.

Should anyone need assistance with injured or orphaned wild animals, please do not hesitate to call us.  This is a free service to the wild animals in this area, once the animal has recovered it will be rehabilitated and released back into the bush.

Contact details Cara 082 768 9008 Louis 071 675 3519.