Wild Hearts Rehab Centre is a non-profit, tax exempt company formed to rehabilitate orphaned animals and re-introduce them back into their native habitat.
This project is the first of its kind in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa and is significant because the habitat, nutrients and endless range of land which constitute the finest region in Africa for the rehabilitation of wildlife.
ABOUT WILD HEARTS REHAB CENTRE
Wild Hearts Rehab Centre officially opened its doors in 2012. Under the guidance of the owner, Wiaan van der Linde (2011 Wildlife Rancher of South Africa), the centre works in concert with Wintershoek/Johnny Vivier Safaris.
The centre is situated in Kimberley and is managed full time by Ansabet le Roux, who has years of experience in the rehabilitation of wild African animals, including rhino and a host of other species.
ANIMALS AT THE WILD HEARTS REHAB CENTRE
This is home to a variety of game – from lions, a brown hyena, genet, caracal, serval, monkeys and baboons, buffalo, roan, sable and rhinos.
Wild Hearts, in conjunction with the Nature Conservation Organization, has identified and ear-marked game reserves for the future release of rehabilitated animals. All of these game reserves employ anti-poaching units.
They are also partnered with the Northern Cape Nature Conservation program and the Green Scorpions, which are the two main governing bodies in the South African conservation field today.
STAFF AND SERVICES
Wild Hearts has a full reaction team for the rescue and re-introduction of wildlife which includes ample staff, veterinary services, tranquilizer specialists and a helicopter with a pilot. They are permitted to accept any orphan from a list of 32 indigenous species, including all of the Big Five.
SPECIFIC FOCUS ON RHINOS
The rehabilitation of orphaned baby rhinos has a special focus at Wild Hearts. Most of the baby rhinos’ mothers have been killed by poachers or died due to natural causes. The centre’s first baby rhino arrived in 2011, and since then, the centre has never had a day without a baby rhino under its care.
Wild Hearts Rehab Centre is open to the public, as they believe that education is an integral part of the anti-poaching effort.