Gitta-Martula releases animals back into wild

MAROELASFONTEIN – Life at Gitta-Martula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been extremely busy over the last few months.

They have successfully collected, assisted, nurtured, raised and most importantly, released a wide variety of animals and birds back into the wild.

From doves and pigeons, a whitefaced owl chick and peregrine falcon chick which had fallen from their nests, to abandoned impalas, orphaned porcupine pup,d warthog piglets and injured tortoises, nyala, banded mongoose and leguaans, to name but a few, were released back into the wild.

A very cheeky baby baboon has been with them for a short time. The baboon was orphaned and they collected him from a farm in Swartklip. He has settled nicely at the rehab centre and although he will not be released into the wild here, he will shortly be taken to a rehabilitation centre which specialises in rehabilitating and releasing primates. They have found it a great asset to work with other rehab centres which specialise in areas such as primates, to ensure the best care is given to the animals concerned.

Gitta-Martula has been fortunate in receiving a cash donation from the proceeds of the Carols by Candlelight event, held at Tholo-Beze Lodge just before Christmas last year. These funds will go towards building a much needed waterhole at Gitta-Martula.

They have found that animals released often come back at the beginning of their release, to their ‘safe haven’, so they would greatly benefit from having a waterhole which they can access.

They have also purchased fencing for a much needed flight cage, where birds recovering from their injuries can regain strength to ensure a successful release.

Gitta-Martula would like to express their sincere gratitude to Rai Landau of Tecvet, who has gone above and beyond expectations by donating an operating table, cauterizing machine and laparoscopy console, to their clinic. This equipment will enormously assist veterinary surgeons who come here to help with injured animals.

Gitta-Martula invites the community to call them if they find a wild animal or bird which needs help. Their numbers are: 014 786 2903, 082 768 9008 and 084 607 7864. This is a free service to the wildlife of Thabazimbi and the surrounding areas.

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From left to right: Louis and Cara de Bruyn from Gitta-Martula Wildlife Rehabilitation centre and Rai Landau from Tecvet, with the equipment which was donated.