OUR MISSION

Crow is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife and believes in action and education with regards to the protection of all natural resources.  

CROW’s vision is to be an independent, pioneering force in the rehabilitation and conservation of orphaned and injured wildlife, while promoting the preservation of their natural habitat.

HISTORY

1977: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Isolde Mellet establishes the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife in August 1977, recognising an urgent need for a rehabilitation centre that could care for injured wildlife and educate the public about the need to protect natural resources.  At this stage, she was running CROW out of her garage, receiving 150 wild birds and animals every month.

  1979: CROW FINDS A HOME IN YELLOWWOOD PARK

Isolde manages to raise R73 000 needed to turn the “Old Coedmore Waterworks” into a wildlife rehabilitation centre that still operates on the same site today. The waterworks was built in 1916 and closed in 1976. 

The sterile sand pans are converted into large walk-in aviaries. Open marches, lagoons and enclosures are created to accommodate the various animals that CROW cares for.

 1980: CROW OPENS ITS DOORS

CROW opens at its new premises and soon starts admitting monkeys, birds, reptiles, antelope and countless other wild animals that are either injured, displaced or orphaned.

The 4 hectare property has 85 enclosures that are divided into the aviaries, the mammal blocks, ICU blocks and primate blocks to accommodate all sorts of animals.

   1995: RHINO BOMA BUILT

In late 1995 Tholiwe, an abandoned rhino calf, was brought to us by the Natal Parks Board after being found without his mother in Imfolozi. A boma was constructed at the bottom of the property to accommodate Tholiwe and other large game animals.

A tiny little thing, coming up to about hip-height, Tholiwe was bottle-fed and settled in under an army of heat lamps and cooing volunteers and caretakers.

2015- CROW GETS ACCREDITED

CROW receives its accreditation from the “International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council” (IWRC) and becomes the first full-accredited wildlife rehabilitation centre in KwaZulu-Natal, with licences to treat any wild animal, marine or otherwise.

In the same year we were endorsed by the NSPCA.

CROW THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

meet the team

CLINT HALKETT-SIDDALL
Operations Director

ESTIE ALLAN
clinic manager

sue-ann shutte
sr. clinic nurse

tayla hawkins
primate manager

CYRIL ZUMA
MAINTENANCE MANAGER

ZOE DOUGALL
JR. CLINIC NURSE

shannal subiah
admin/ accounts/ hr

Leigh Geyer
JR. CLINIC NURSE

HARRIOT BRILL
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

pleasure nene
ANIMAL KEEPER

WENDY THABETHE
ANIMAL KEEPER

sanele mAdlala
MAINTENANCE STAFF

Siboniso MTHIYANE
ANIMAL KEEPER

DAVID MDIDISWA
MAINTENANCE STAFF

PORTIA CELE
maintenance staff