Bambelela Wildlife Care Emergency Funding
- By: Team Bambelela
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bambelela-wildlife-care-emergency-funding
Silke began her quest for knowledge about these special creatures (Vervet monkeys), how to hand-raise them, how to build appropriate enclosures or camps for them, how to feed them, and how to prepare them for release back into the wild.
She is exceedingly grateful to the late Rita Miljo, founder from C.A.R.E., the Baboon Rehabilitation Centre in Phalaborwa, for her mentorship all along the way.
Obtaining the license took a long time, but Bambelela has taken great care to build enclosures according to specifications outlined by other Nature Conservation offices in other Provinces and maintains the standards for cleaning, feeding and caring for wildlife in line with all regulations given to them by Nature Conservation Limpopo.
In August 2010 the application was approved by the officials and since then Bambelela has been an official Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Farm for Vervet Monkeys.
So then we get to current date and time. Currently we are struggling here at Bambelela to cover our Day to day running costs. Unfortunately due to South African Political standings and the fact that less and less farmers are farming we don't get the donations of food we used to get due to the farmers that have stopped operations. Which now means food needs to be purchased at the market which is very costly as we are currently feeding approx 400 Vervet Monkeys?
Than another factor that is hitting us hard is the drought that South Africa. Has experienced this has caused the farmers who were still farming a huge loss of crops. This also means that Natural Feeding has become more of a challenge. We are doing this fundraising with the hope that you will assist us through the upcoming winter/dry season which is just a month away.
Furthermore, our existence is challenged:
- We are also raising funds for Wire etc, to reinforce some of the Rehab Cages
- Vitamin Supplements during this cold Winter to support our monkeys Immune systems
- Fruit, Vegetables as this is the dry season these commodities are harder to come by.
- Huge veterinary bills due to monkeys needing veterinary care, medications, examinations, vaccinations.
If you are reading this, please open your heart towards the monkeys as we need your help. We need everyone’s help; every little cent will help us make a difference and contribute towards a better life for these animals and gives them a second chance to life free again.
Bambelela Wildlife Care NPC
Silke von Eynern, the founder and major benefactor of the facility, originally immigrated to South Africa from Germany in 1990, with her late husband. After his death in 1997 she decided to dedicate her life and savings towards the care and conservation of South African Wildlife and so Bambelela (which means “to hold on” in Zulu) came into being in December 2003.