About Crag’s View Wild Care Centre
How Crag’s View Wild Care Centre came about
Crag’s View Wild Care Centre is the dream realised of Craig Hosken and Ina de Koker who through circumstances became involved in the plight of two, very special blue duiker. They had always been aware of the plight of wildlife but through the rescue of a sub-adult duiker out of a wire snare, found they were thrown into the thick of the battle.
Inspired also by the life-long work of Lynne Milton, who was at that stage winding down the role of her establishment OWL (Orphans of Wildlife, Paddock) and in order to continue with her devoted care and protection of, as she calls them, ‘the small five’*, Craig and Ina’s commitment was cemented and the Centre became a reality in October 2002.
Crag’s View Wild Care Centre, situated on Crag’s View farm, Port Edward, is the only official wildlife rehabilitation centre servicing the lower south coast region, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
Crags View Wild Care Centre is registered as a section 21 non-profit company 2001/030135/08 under the title ‘Beri’ah Wildlife Orphans Fund’. It is also a registered NPO (fundraising number 030-565) and NGO affiliated with and Sanction by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
Why is the work of Crags View Wild Care Centre of value to you? Wildlife in the lower south coast region is under tremendous and constant pressure from burgeoning development, with resultant habitat loss and the complication of construction workers and other individuals setting snares to supplement the pot. Development also brings an increased threat from domestic dogs and cats, fences and vehicle traffic.
Another heavy threat is that posed by hunting parties. These hunts are non-sustainable and take place regularly with many casualties at each hunt.
Once mended and again healthy, animals are released into safe areas where they may be conserved for future generations. Keeping the Centre on track is an intensive, hands-on project that relies on many man hours and the generous support from those who care.
Imagine a ghostly dead and empty forest versus a vibrant, diverse forest alive with birdsong and the rustle of antelope feeding. Without the work of this Centre and similar establishments we might be facing that empty forest all too soon!
|*Tree hyrax/dassie, Blue duiker, Red duiker, Oribi antelope, and the Black-and-white striped weasel|