Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre has an active rescue and rehabilitation focus of all raptors in the Garden Route area. When admitted, all birds or animals receive a thorough examination to assess their overall condition. If severely injured or poisoned, they receive veterinary treatment. Then quarantined and treated till they recover. During the recovery process, Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre house and train all the birds. Once they are fully recovered, the birds return to the wild. Unfortunately not all the birds get to return to the wild. These birds will stay at the rehab center and aid in the education and raising awareness surrounding Human-Wildlife conflict.
What is a “Bird of Prey”?
Birds of prey are predatory bird species that have hooked beak, sharp talons, strong feet, and keen eyesight and hearing. They tend to feed on small mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. The South African birds of prey come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes:
Hawks and eagles: medium to very large; hooked bills; rounded or broad wings; sharp talons; tend to soar
Falcons: small to medium-sized; tapered wings and tails; fast and agile
Owls: small to large; rounded heads; small, hooked bills; forward-facing eyes; can be Crepuscular or nocturnal.
Our birds of prey live in a variety of habitats, including woodland, farmland, and even in cities. Some are easy to spot, while others are much rarer or live in places that are difficult to get to. Either way, seeing a bird of prey can be an awe-inspiring experience as they soar high in the sky, or swoop down with deadly accuracy on their unsuspecting prey.
To rehabilitate a Bird is costly. Expenses can include:
- veterinary consultations,
- surgical procedures,
- laboratory tests,
- housing, perches, jesses, and hoods,
- specialized diet
- and the sometimes lengthy training programs, some birds need to be released back into the wild.
How can you help?
Garden Route Birds of Prey invites the public, school groups, or even business groups to experience a Live Show. Everyone can benefit from the interactive experience; you feel close to the birds of prey. Master Falconer Bertus and his wife Lizette Beukes of Garden Route Birds of Prey will give you a live and exciting show with their Birds of Prey Show! Enjoy live flight demonstrations as you learn about South Africa’s indigenous birds of prey.
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