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Caring for injured baby wildebeest

CARING FOR INJURED WILDLIFE

Caring for injured or orphaned wildlife is always a challenge. But with the new facility we are developing much more will be accomplished.

This is the challenge we have had to try to help an orphaned and injured baby wildebeest:

We located him in the bush this afternoon. I had spent the whole morning in town sourcing an antibiotic injection. Then I felt unsure about how to administer it! But we had managed to find him and he came up to me, grazing around and back again 4 times. He knows we are trying to help. We decided to try to hold him by his little horns again, and managed to do so.
Then I applied more supona spray to and inside the wound.

Zebra and his own herd of wildebeest were all close by. The zebra sniffed him and was concerned.

Zebra and his own herd of wildebeest were all close by. The zebra sniffed him and was concerned.

He was quite docile so I inspected the wound. It was caked with dead maggots under the skin as I thought! I started to remove them, no gloves, no tweezers, with my bare fingers ughhhhh but it had to be done. (forgot the scouts motto, be prepared but I had not anticipated this) I removed masses of dead maggots.
After the treatment, he simply walked a few steps and started grazing.
Before the treatment he also had a good feed of pellets and fresh lovely green grass we bought for him.
So that was my whole afternoon.

In the meantime we are preparing a rehab boma and stable for orphaned and/ or injured wildlife. We also aim to secure timeous professional assistance for future wildlife in need. Tomorrow we will have medical help for the baby.

 

 

 

DROUGHT RELIEF APPEAL FOR WILDLIFE

An urgent appeal to all who care:  Please support our drought relief appeal   Zululand is experiencing the worst drought in 20 years. The entire Province of KZN has been red flagged because of the drought. Rivers have dried up and virtually no rain has fallen during the past months in our area at False Bay Park.

Any amount however big or small towards feeding the wildlife at our Sanctuary would be greatly appreciated.  Please click below to donate through PayPal.  Thank you for caring





A bag of game pellets costs R250.00 (18.11 USD)

One bale of Lucerne R105.00 (7.61 USD)

2015-10-26 14_23_26-DROUGHT SUPPORT APPPEAL Zululand is experiencing the worst drought in 20 yea

We have been doing our best to help our wildlife through the drought and we have to supplement food for our wildlife in our Sanctuary. There is no longer grazing and very little browsing available. Nyala graze 30% and browse 70% depending on availability of foliage and grass. Wildebeest are bulk grazers and zebra each need 10kg of hay/grass per day. Although we bring in grass from areas where there is no grazing, we now need to supplement this with Lucerne and game pellets.  The female antelope that are pregnant especially need more food to tide them through.

Any support you may be able to offer – however big or small – would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for caring! 

Conservation at Suni-Ridge

Conservation and the protection of biodiversity is of the utmost importance to Janet and Rob Cuthbertson. Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Environmental Rehabilitation Centre was established to expand Janet and Rob’s focus of environmental concern into the surrounding area and local communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Stay at Leopard Walk Lodge

Get 10% off your stay at Leopard Walk Lodge - check availability and book onlineLeopard Walk Lodge is situated within the Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park, which is a paradise for nature lovers.

Our Bed & Breakfast accommodation is private and cosy, with two cottages to choose from. Guests are welcome to dine at Leopard Walk Lodge’s restaurant.

Our guests can normally enjoy a relatively close encounter with the wildlife. Trips to nearby “Big-Five” wildlife reserves can also be arranged.

We look forward to welcoming you!  Read the rest of this entry »

Young Environmental Ambassador’s Leadership Course Program

To help the local communities live in a sustainable way that conserves their cultural and natural heritage, we run a Young Environmental Ambassador’s Leadership Course.

By supporting our ECO-AMBASSADOR Campaign, you are encouraging the leaders of tomorrow to protect their natural and cultural heritage.

The 5-day course is based at Suni-Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, and strives to achieve the following: Read the rest of this entry »

False Bay Lake & St. Lucia Water Catchment Forum

For the first time in history, False Bay dried out completely during the drought that we experienced in our area. False Bay, the northern basin of Lake St. Lucia is an intricate wetland and eco-system within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Natural Heritage Site. Read the rest of this entry »

Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park

During 1991 Janet and Rob Cuthbertson purchased a rundown pineapple farm, which today has been rehabilitated into a beautiful and flourishing wildlife reserve.

Our years of effort have at times been exciting, rewarding and often the challenge has been daunting, but the knowledge that we are giving something back to nature is our most worthwhile reward”. ~ Janet and Rob Cuthbertson

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