I recently had the pleasure of meeting a remarkable woman who has devoted much of her life to the care and rehabilitation of indigenous wildlife. Irene McKenzie of the Center for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E) in Douglasdale houses local wild animals in need at her home-based, self-funded wildlife center where she provides food, shelter and much-needed care for her feathered, scaled or furry patients.
Irene has thirty-five years of experience working with animals and holds an open permit which enables the center to take in birds, reptiles, and small mammals including primates. Once rehabilitated, animals are released back into their natural habitat. With the recent shut-down of operations at FreeMe, the C.A.R.E Douglasdale center has been under increased pressure as it has opened its doors to assist during the temporary closure.
The center is primarily self-funded but is also aided by means of random public donations. Irene’s vision for the future involves the construction and setup of a fully equipped animal clinic through which she can fully extend her service to our urban wildlife.
The city of Johannesburg is one of the few major urban conurbations in the world where indigenous wildlife still occurs. It is, therefore, imperative to ensure that centers like C.A.R.E Douglasdale are supported in a collective effort to preserve what we have.
The center is mainly in need of monetary aid for food and medical supplies for the animals but volunteers WITH PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL CARE EXPERIENCE are welcome.
For donations, support or more information on how you can help, please contact Irene McKenzie on 083 659 3727.