SOUTH CAPE NEWS - Due to the recent fires in the region and Garden Route, CapeNature is requesting that communities living adjacent to the burnt areas support the recovery of wildlife by monitoring the condition of species and to report any injured animals to them as soon as possible.
It would be very helpful if the following information can be provided to them when an injured animal is found:
- Exact locality (GPS position if possible)
- Correct species identification (as far as possible)
- Brief description of injuries to the animal
- If possible photographic evidence or video footage so that the correct information is made available for the most appropriate treatment.
Do not approach an injured animal or put yourself in any danger. Rather contact CapeNature George regional office at 044 802 5300 for any wild animals found, or the Outeniqua Nature Reserve on 087 087 4151 if animals are found inside Outeniqua Nature Reserve.
No feeding of wild animals
Wild animals will naturally move to alternative habitat if there is available habitat. By feeding wild animals you are firstly keeping them from a natural evacuation of the area and secondly make them dependent on feeding stations.
Help by assessing and reporting – not feeding!
It is therefore advisable that the condition of wildlife be monitored rather than fed by the public.
Support wildlife by allowing corridors in order to allow them to move freely, driving carefully along public roads, and ensuring that our pets do not get the opportunity to chase wildlife that grazes / browse closer to residential areas.
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