FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre


FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife based in the north of Johannesburg.

It was founded in 1997 by a group of trained rehabilitators who realized that there was not enough organized care for suburban indigenous wildlife.

bush-baby Bush Baby being handles by one of the volunteers

Suburban wildlife is in crisis

Each year thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles living in gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries.

Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe has filled this gap.

The public can now bring wildlife to us for specialized treatment, care and rehabilitation until they can be released. Our core staff is supported by a group of trained volunteers.

The centre is open 7 days a week from 08:00-17:00 and we welcome calls from the public asking for advice and support.

chameleon  Chameleon Wendy being hand fed with a syringe

FreeMe relies on members of the public to bring compromised animals to the centre, and for notification if there are wild animals in distress.

In emergencies such as oil-spills volunteers may travel to a locality to rescue and assist wildlife.

Black Eagle being inspected

There is no conservation without education.

We strive to promote a responsible attitude to wildlife and the environment through education programmes, newsletters, publicity and advice.

Volunteers continuously learn new skills and knowledge through contact with similar organizations and experts in the field.

We operate under an Open Permit granted by the Gauteng Department of Nature Conservation and uphold the highest standards. All indigenous wildlife is accepted and every creature, big or small, receives specialized are.

FreeMe is a self-funded registered non-profit organization, relying solely on the generosity of the public through donations, bequests, membership, sponsorship and voluntary assistance in all aspects.

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Owl on the mend

Aims and objectives of FreeMe

  • To rescue, rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife onto carefully chosen reserves and conservancies.
  • To educate the public through the use of lectures, newsletters, advertising, support and advice. Without education there is no conservation.
  • To train volunteers in the care of animals while upholding the highest ethical standards and working closely with a panel of vets.
  • To network with similar organizations and experts in the field, sharing knowledge and skills, locally and internationally.
  • To fundraise to develop and sustain a self-funded centre that relies on donations, bequests, sponsorships and membership.

Donations to FreeMe are tax deductible. Section 18A receipts are available on request. Please e-mail your contact details to or fax your name and address to (011) 8076814 or 086 212 5743 as we would like to thank you for your donation.
Banking details

If you would like to make a donation – our banking details are as follows:
Account name: FreeMe Wildlife
Bank: Nedbank
Branch: Epsom Downs
Branch Code: 152205
Account Number: 2522081241
Account Type: Savings Account