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Rhino Babies need your Help! Donate towards our #WinterSupplyDrop for #RhinoOrphanCare

We need to obtain at least 10 x 1kg of the magic Protexin which help cure delicate tummy upsets, at a cost of approx $25.00 each. Diakur is another medication that help relieve digestive problems, and we need to buy at least 5kg at approx $100.00. These medications are critically important in the recovery of orphans that have been alone in the bush for a while - they end up eating sand, which damages their intestinal tracts, and can be fatal. Veterinary items like gauze, wound spray and bandages like vet wrap are always needed.

Of course, due to #CoVid19 legal requirements, there are so many more specialized items needed now, as well, such as hand sanitizer, surface sanitizer, anti-bacterial handwash, gloves etc. The general consumables include the all important 1-ply toilet paper, kitchen scissors, towelling rolls, detergent for the rhino blankies, disinfectant, an external hard drive, etc.

For locally-based animal-lovers around Johannesburg, you are welcome to contact us for a list if you'd like to pop something for the rhino babies into the trolley with your normal purchases.

Please help us do our bit to raise these babies so that they can have a chance at a good life again. Every cent helps.
Click on one of the links below to support our mission to help wildlife in need.. or

South Africans can use:
First National Bank / Cheque Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

We rely completely on the kind support from the public.


Corn For Monkeys: The Vervet Monkeys that are in the process of being rehabilitated are in desperate need of food.

We have an opportunity to buy 2,000 Ears of Corn / Mielies direct from the farmer at SAR2.50, or US$0.15cents each.
$300.US or R5000.SAR, would buy the full load of 2000 pieces of Corn. Please help us keep the Monkeys alive by contributing to their food.

The COVID-19 lockdown has caused a huge loss of income for the Rehab Centre and have also lost most of the volunteers that has directly effected the ability to source and buy food for the Monkeys.

Trapped in cages while caring humans fix their broken lives, they cannot fend for themselves or find food. Please help us help the Monkeys!

The minute we have the funds to buy the Corn, we will hook up the truck and trailer, pick the food up from the farm and take it directly to the animals.

Help if you can, no amount is too small. 

You can use the PayPal donate above or South Africans can use EFT below: 

First National Bank / Cheque Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

We rely completely on the kind support from the public.


Rescue of a Critically Endangered White Backed Vulture. South Africa may be on #LockDown, but our Wildlife still need help!

Armed with our permits as Essential Service Providers, a custom-modified cage, and loads of hand-sanitizer, we set off on the 900km round-trip journey to rescue an injured #WhiteBackedVulture.

Found in a farmer's field, this weak, dehydrated vulture is estimated to have been in distress for about ten days. We carefully caught and loaded it into the travel cage. It had enough life left to lunge at us at one stage - this was a good sign.

Four hours after leaving the farm, we arrived with our precious cargo, and handed it over into the expert hands of VulPro Vulture Rehabilitation Center. 'Kwaaitjie' (Angry One), as the farmer named it, is expected to make a full recovery and be released into the wild.

We need to carry on performing essential services such as Wildlife Rescue and Transport during this challenging time. Please consider donating towards our fuel costs so that we can continue helping those that have no voice.

You can contribute here: or

  • South Africans can EFT at:   
  • First National Bank / Cheque Account:
  • Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
  • Account number - 62518554101
  • Branch Code - 250-655   Ref: fuel

We rely completely on the kind support from the public.

#WHWF #EthicalConservation #Covid19


Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation urgently needs your help to supply several critically needed items required for the Elephant Orphanage in Limpopo, South Africa.

The following items are urgently required to keep the Elephants and Orphaned Elephant Babies safe and healthy:
* Skimmed #Milk Powder (R1000 or $65 per 25kg) and Special Milk Replacement tailor-made for #BabyElephant tummies (R260 or $17 per tin).
* #Blenders x 2 to mix the Baby Elephant Milk! (R850 or $56 each)
* 7.5kW Emergency #Generator needed for daily operations due to frequent power cuts (Cost R10k or $650)
* Top Loading #WashingMachine to wash Blankets and Towels (Cost R R3500 or $230)
* Small #ChestFreezer to store critical medical samples (R2500 or $165)
As always, we will show you exactly what we do with your loving donations.
Together with these abovementioned supplies, there is a whole hoard of items that are urgently required. This includes mattresses and safety boots for the staff, veterinary supplements and cleaning supplies, basic tools for maintenace and even things like Babywipes (!) and Bum cream (!) for delicate Elephant Baby skins. We would like to supply as many of these items as possible, so that the staff can focus on what they do best - saving Orphaned Elephant Lives.
Background Story:
Elephants, those most sentient and majestic beings, and one of Africa's iconic Big 5, are being poached for their ivory tusks and mercilessly killed on a daily basis. They need our help to look after the ones left behind.
The only dedicated Elephant Orphanage in South Africa is located in the Hoedspruit area, Limpopo Province. It is called HERD - Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development.
This is the home of the Jabulani herd, a wild elephant herd that readily accepts orphaned baby elephants into their family, so that they can once again live free and happy. The Founder, Adine Roode, is well-known for her love and passion for #EthicalConservation, which happens to be our hashtag. (#WHWF). This means making the sure that the help directly reaches the wildlife most in need - in this case, the Orphaned Elephant Babies of HERD, present and future.
Baby Elephants are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate - they are way more fragile than rhino babies. It is for this reason that we feel the need to support them with everything possible, so that the carers can focus on keeping them healthy.
As always, we will keep our supporters updated with exactly what we are doing with your loving donations.
Please help us #HelpTheHerd.
If you are in South Africa and would like to see if you can assist with specific items, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will reply with the complete wish list.
South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Please help us do this!

A Year in Review - looking back on 2019:

At Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, we pride ourselves on doing what we say and showing what we do. This video is an account of some of the work we did during 2019.

Rescues and Releases, Emergency Transport, Fitment of Tracking devices, Treatment of Wildlife, Supply of Capital Items, Food and Veterinary Consumables, Anti-poaching Funding and Support, Poaching Response, Public Education and so much more - we did it all.

Out of all that we have done, the best feeling in the world is to give the gift of Freedom to a wild animal.

We are only two individuals, doing all we can, (with limited resources) to make a difference in the lives of those who have no voice; "our precious wildlife", and will continue to do so no matter what challenges present themselves. #WildlifeFirst .

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for making our work possible. In 2019 alone, your loving support positively impacted the lives of hundreds of animals.
Thank you.

As always, we are #DoingWhatWeSay and #ShowingWhatWeDo.

We are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and intend to make 2020 a bumper year to benefit the Wildlife most in need.


Christmas at The Rhino Orphanage. 'Wild Heart Santa' Visits the Rhino Babies .

With the Holiday Season in full swing, there was no better feeling in the world than being able to do something special for someone else!

And that's exactly what we did for The Rhino Orphanage, on Christmas eve. The biggest, most needed item, is of course the industrial Tumble Dryer that is being put to work immediately, drying the blankets, towels and sheets needed in the care of all the patients. And at the moment, it is crucially important in the care of Kolisi, the Rhino baby who has been attacked by hyenas, and needs constant high care. Keeping his blankets clean and dry with all the rain is a full-time job made so much easier with the addition of the dryer.

With the kind support of our loving donors, we also delivered a whole bunch of extra happiness, in the form of so many essential items. Thousands of latex gloves in all different sizes, gauze, hundreds of single plasters (band-aid) and hundreds of rolls of plaster. The sacred one-ply toilet paper, hundreds of scalpel blades, Arnica for sore muscles, washing powder for #RhinoOrphan blankets, and many more essential items.

Two of the anti-poaching personnel got brand-new heavy duty rainsuits and they were over-joyed!

We took some treats for the carers too, so that they also know how we appreciate their loving care, and being away from their families over Christmas.

None of this is possible without the loving support from you, our earth angel donors. Than you!


We Sent The Troop Home: Vervet Monkey Relocation

Over the past few years these monkeys have been lovingly cared for by Bambelela, where they formed a new troop with an intricate family structure. We met the Cheeky/Jemima troop on our first supply drop to the primate rehab, and we made them a silent promise to help where we can. We jumped at the opportunity to provide these #WildBabies with the chance to live wild and free like they were meant to.

With the loving support from our followers, we were able to supply building materials for the soft-release enclosure, as well as medications, vaccinations and food for the animals and their human carers; and help to transport these monkeys more than 450km to their new home.

There are many people involved in an operation like this, and the capture, treatments and loading were done in a record time of five hours. Fresh, juicy fruit is put on top of the transport cages, so that they can snack on it for hydration during the long, tiring journey. The cages are then covered by netting to protect them during transport, and everything is properly secured.

A six hour drive, also over a very dangerous mountain pass, in pouring rain, mist and freezing cold, eventually saw us arriving at the release site at 11pm at night. By the headlights of the trucks, the monkeys were off-loaded in their crates. Excitedly, they waited, while they were let into the soft-release enclosure according to a strict hierarchy. Cheeky, the matriarch, was first, followed by mommies with babies, and the teenagers.


Freedom Day came late to these little guys, with 6 monkeys needing extra treatment. They responded well and were returned to the troop.
Here they are dashing for freedom. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.
Well done to Bambelela, Silke, Belinda and all the others who made it possible for these little guys to live free.


 Wonderful to see these precious Rhino poaching survivors as they play in their safe environment while in the rehabilitation process at the orphanage.


"Mission Wildlife Matters" Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery Supply Drop:

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation successfully delivered lots of items needed to help the precious wild babies and their caregivers!
Thank you to all the generous donors who made this project a success - we could not have done it without the public's generosity. 
The Ellie Babies got lots of special milk, Medical supplies, Blankets and more. The dedicated handlers received new uniforms, Rain gear, Boots, warm Jackets, Scarves & Gloves among lots of  other needed supplies. 

The wild babies and all the wonderful people who care for them deserve as much help as we can give.

Pictured below is the recent delivery Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation made to the Rhino Orphans.

The bigger rhinos get a mixture of lucerne/teff and Game Cubes of a high quality.The vet recommendation is to serve up 6 x 50kg bags of Game Pellets per day. One bag is R250 or USD20, and this means a daily serving is approximately USD120. Those cute round butts don't come cheap! 
 Pictured below is WHWF delivering Milk replacement, medication and other needed supplies

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation regularly and consistently supplies the rhino orphanage with everything they need to look after the precious victims of poaching in their care. Over the past four years, we have supplied more than ZAR1.2million’s worth of special milk, food, medication, capital and infrastructure items to help the dedicated human carers to continue saving baby rhino lives.

#WHWF always makes sure that your loving donations are maximized and directly reach the Wildlife most in need. We work off wish-lists that detail the items required to run these special rehabilitation projects. This ensures that the help we provide is targeted, direct, and needed – and makes a real difference to the wildlife, thus maximizing the probability of survival of these precious #WildBabies.

Help save a #RhinoOprhan’s life today ! Help us Help them. <3

Below is little Nandi. just one of the orphans we help so that eventually she can be released back into a safe haven in the Wild.

Help a Ranger, Help a Wildlife Hero Today

We are supporting our brave Rangers by providing them with supplies needed on the front line, where they continue to fight the war against Poaching.

We are making up care packages consisting of a variety of non-perishable foods, a Blanket, Beanie hat, Field gloves, Extra thick socks, a small Torch and lighter, sunblock, Mosquito repellent, pain tablets, re-hydration medication and a WHWF cap with clip-on LED lights to keep their hands free while providing illumination. (Value: approx $70- $100 per package)

These care packages will be packed into 10x50 litre Camouflaged Military backpacks that we have already secured for the Rangers.

We are committed to helping our wildlife in every way possible, therefore helping the Rangers who put their lives on the line to protect them is critically important.

Help us honour these Heros by making a contribution towards their supplies. No amount is too small.

 please reference your donation with #HelpaHero.

We also need boots, rain gear, jackets and water bottles for the Anti-Poaching Rangers. 
Help us support these Rangers who protect our Wildlife.

South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including thousands of kg's of replacement milk powder, specialized food and health supplies and critical care medical items as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials, Shade netting, Field fencing for the Wild Dogs, Anti-Poaching Ranger gear and camera traps to help protect the Lions in the Sanctuary - all required to keep the orphanages and sanctuary operational. 


Doing What We Say, and Showing What We Do!

What We Do!

Milk Replacement and Pro-biotic Supplement needed for Baby Rhinos.
The Rhino Orphanage has several Milk-dependent orphans that need a constant supply of milk replacement formula and pro-biotic supplement. Your help to purchase these life-saving items would be much appreciated.
One x 25kg of Milk replacement is approx $65. and the Protexin pro-biotic is approx $35 per tub.
                Protexin is a palatable multi-strain probiotic powder which, when administered routinely, helps to ensure a beneficial balance of digestive tract micro-organisms. It is a completely natural biological product which helps to boost immunity, which in turn enables the Rhinos to resist the effects of stress and infections.    Please help us purchase as many tubs of this life saving Protexin as possible.      
South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Urgently needed: Good Quality, Humane, Capture and Release Cages.
Because of our commitment to Ethical Conservation, and making the best possible decisions for the Wildlife Most at Risk, we are increasingly being called upon to Rescue and Relocate/Release Wildlife that are deemed to be 'problem animals'.

We will do whatever it takes, and whatever is in our power, to help these animals to Freedom and Safety.

But we need your help: We are in urgent need of 5x medium capture cages, and one large one - this is to safely remove a colony of Dassies (Hyrax) that have invaded a home. The bigger cage will be used for regular Porcupine problems as well as other medium sized critters in trouble, such as, Servals, Genets, Vervet monkeys and Jackals, to name a few. We need a number of cages as the Dassie colony is quite large, and also to minimize trauma when relocating these animals.

The cost of these cages range from ZAR1250 (USD100) each for the medium ones, to around ZAR5000 (USD400) for the large one. Every donation will help to secure the future for wildlife in need.

Also, if anyone has a capture cage that we can have, please let us know.

As always, we are shopping around for the best possible deal/donation, and will keep you informed of progress. We will also show you what we have done with your loving Donations, in line with our commitment to Transparency.

South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

Supplies needed for the Rhino Orphans and Caregivers
Running a Rhino Orphanage is a lot like running a farm, but with the added stress that all of your charges are highly traumatized and in various stages of veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.

As always, we are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and will show you exactly where your loving contributions are being used to benefit the Wildlife.

The items required to help a massive operation like the rhino orphanage run smoothly, include feed for the bigger rhino that are being weaned; milk powder for the smaller babies. (This is a special formula, as rhinos have very sensitive intestinal tracts, and do not adjust well to dietary fluctuations).

A host of laboratory items are needed to collect and preserve samples of bacteria, excrement and eye serum – all needed to ensure adequate monitoring and treatment. This includes scalpels, sample kits, vacutainers, formalin etc. Rhino Orphan wound treatment kits required consist of hand-operated pressure sprays to flush out wounds from bullets or panga slashes, anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and methylated spirits.

As the #RhinoOrphans initially bond closely with their surrogate mothers (the human carers), they sleep next to them on mattresses – strong canvass material is needed to protect these mattresses from non-potty trained rhino babies – as well as Velcro strips and strong yarn to make these. A host of other consumable items are needed, such as cleaning materials, hardware, tools and record-keeping items such as A4 paper and an external hard drive.

The Anti-poaching guys protecting these precious rhinos and their carers, are in desperate need of a small guard hut to protect them from the elements during gate duty. These guys are dedicated and passionate, and endure many hardships to protect our heritage – let’s see if we can help make their lives a little easier!

South Africans may find it easier to do an EFT at:

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

WISHLIST – The Rhino Orphanage

General Requirements:

• Driehoek feeds game cubes 50kg bags

• Clover skim milk 25kg bags

• Syringes 

• Basic Wound Care Kits (wound spray, Suture kits & Forceps)

• Protexin food supplement (Probiotic)

• Bandages/Wound dressing

• Mattresses for Rhinos and caregivers

• I.V. Fluids (Ringers) 1L & 3L 

• Denkavit milk replacement 

• Scalpel blades Size 222

• Guard Hut for protection against the elements

• Raw honey for nutrition and wound treatment

• Bioscrub Antiseptic Skin Cleaner

• Formalin for preserving samples

• Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes

• Bravecto flea & tick treatment for guard dogs

• Strong Canvas material to cover rhino mattresses

• Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles

• Dishwash liquid 25L
• Pine Gel/ Pine Cleaner 25L
• Large Paper Rolls for Rhino kitchen
• Toiletpaper 1-ply Only
• Kitchen Scourer Sponges
• Methylated Spirits 1L
• Washing Powder for Rhino Blankets
• Gym balls for Rhino Enrichment
• Spades x 2
• Drain Plunger
• Multiplug with surge protection x 2
• Drill-bit set or 5 and 6mm sizes – Masonry, Wood and Steel
• Spanner set
• Wall Plugs and Screws – 5 and 6 mm x 45 -50mm
• Light Bulbs (Screw in – Energy Saving) x 5 (any wattage)
• Rivet Gun and pop rivets
• Dog Food – Hill’s Joint Care for Zandroff
• BD Vacutainers (yellow top with gel in the vial)
• Hand pressure sprayer 5L for wound flushing x 2
• Small plastic Screw lid containers for Preservation
• Scalpel blades Size 22
• Copy paper A4
• Black ink cartridges HP No 22
• External drive (TB) for document storage records, databases, multimedia etc

‘The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands’

There is so much involved in saving these helpless victims, that we have to do our best to support the orphanage and enable them to focus on the care of the rhino orphans, without having to worry about things like what is on the list as shown.

Your Donations at Work

Pictured below are one of our deliveries of medical equipment, food and general supplies, including thousands of syringes, oxygen tanks, special medications, water troughs, Game fencing, Shade netting, nutritional supplements, cleaning products and so many other items that are continually needed to help with the day to day operations of the orphanage.

Critically Important Supplies needed for Wildlife Rehabilitation:
Once again we are gearing up to do 'Kind things' for #WildLife, and we need your help to make it happen!
Please #help and #share widely if you care about our #WildBabies.
Remember the six #JackalPuppies we rescued some weeks back? They are doing great, and it is the needs of the Rehabilitation Center where they are, that we are focusing on right now. 
These are good people, doing great work for our #WildBabies. 

On the banks of the Crocodile River across from the Kruger Park, magic is happening. Rescue, Rehab and Release Magic. It’s called Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Historically, treatment options for medium to small wildlife in crisis here, were very limited. There are still a multitude of wildlife, even outside of the Kruger, in farm areas, and also residential estates like Marloth Park, where the wildlife is allowed to roam free on the parkland between houses.

Because of human encroachment, it often happens that these animals get hurt. Like an Endangered Shoebill #Stork, shot twice, they need help, locally, and quickly. Or several #Owls that got stuck in the wire mesh protecting the thatched roofs. A #genet also had a bizarre case of fishhooks stuck in his mouth, and was successfully treated by Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation, and the Wildlife Veterinarian who assists.

This is why Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation is a project that needs our support. The dream of Deidre Joubert to open this Rehab Centre in Hectorspruit is finally a reality, with the kindness of landowner Willie Joubert, who has made a substantial piece of his very valuable riverside property available for the development of the Center.

Deirdre has trained with the best, and has eight years’ experience in indigenous wildlife rehabilitation and is also a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Fraternity. She currently has the challenging job of rearing some of the smallest #Genets rescued, ever.

In line with Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation (#WHWF)’s commitment to #EthicalConservation, “Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release” is their motto. Timing is crucial in assisting the animals to remain completely wild, so the ability to respond quickly minimizes time between rescue, rehabilitation and release. This saves lives, and has been proven with several of the animals they have already helped. From a #serval whose mom died in a fire, to trapped owls, to #bushbabies in distress, to scrub #hares, all indigenous wildlife will have the very best chance of survival and to thrive, once again wild and free. Therefore it is critically important that the center is equipped with everything they need in order to respond quickly to an emergency.

The people involved in this worthwhile and ambitious project, are of the very best kind – the ones who will always strive to help keep our Wildlife safe for future generations to enjoy.

A lot of the medical consumables have been already provided by us in the past, but is constantly needed. We have been collecting items off their extensive wish-list for some time, as funding allowed. For instance, we have the stainless steel operating table (USD200) and the gram scale needed to to effectively examine patients, and weigh patients and medicines for accurate dosage. We now need just a little more help to make sure we can make a big impact in the lives of those that they rescue - those who have no voice but ours.

Various medications and foods like AV plus for #birds, and an expensive milk replacement formula for the #felines in their care. The #Carnivores need a supplement to help aid their digestion systems during their rehabilitation process (USD40). The normal bandages, plasters, tape, gauze, cotton wool etc. are always needed too, as well as anti-bacterial soap and surface disinfectants. Bigger items include collapsible cages (USD 25 – USD 200 ea) and transport boxes, smaller items needed are a variety of food and waterbowls. Even a kiddies plastic sandpit can do its part in helping bird releases as it is used as a pond/bird bath for bigger birds.
**A USD50 donation can purchase special milk for a serval/genet/African Wild Cat for about two months. **

Can you help us help the ‘forgotten’, ‘less-glamorous’ wildlife that are essential to the #biodiversity and #ecological management of our last remaining wild areas? Any donations, big or small can help make this happen.

If you are not financially in a position to help, why don’t you gather some old towels, unused dog kennels, or a forgotten kiddies plastic sandpit, and get it to us? In Johannesburg we will collect.

As always, we will show you exactly where your kind donations are used.
We remain committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency.

 Anti-Poaching Camera Traps Needed to Keep our Lions Safe.

Unfortunately poaching Lions has become a major problem in the wild as well as in the Sanctuaries that care for these magnificent big Cats. 

Since CITES and the SA government have allowed the trade in Lion bones, these animals are being targeted by poachers who are illegally selling Lion parts on the black market.
WHWF has already supplied 3 of these Camera traps to one of the sanctuaries and has been successful in protecting the Lions but we need at least 4-5 more to be fully protected.

These Anti-Poaching cameras are infrared and completely silent. They pick up any movement around the Lions' camps, they then take pictures/video and immediately send them to five cell phones - enabling the Rangers to be there within minutes to stop the poachers from killing the Lions.

Each camera costs $380 U.S. and we would appreciate any help you can give towards these proven anti-poaching deterrents.

We will, as always, show you when they are purchased and installed.


Below are the brave Anti-Poaching Rangers we help supply with Uniforms and equipment to help protect our precious wildlife. Your help to keep them properly equipped is much appreciated.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation below, assisting with treatment of Rhinos in the field

It is still a very long road ahead before this tiny rhino can be completely rehabilitated and returned to the wild, but luckily for her, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and The Rhino Orphanage will do everything in their power to make sure she grows up to be strong, healthy, wild, free and most importantly, safe. 

To help us care for these brave little survivors, please consider donating at the top of the page and also see what we do on the 'How can you help tab

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Highly Endangered – Effective Predators – Stunningly Beautiful

The African Wild Dog, Lycaon pictus (means ‘wolf-like, painted’), is without a doubt one of the most fascinating animals that roam the African wilderness.



They are highly endangered, with only around 450 truly free-roaming (wild) animals in South Africa today. Sadly, they have disappeared from most of their natural habitat range. One of the four free-ranging populations in SA occurs in Limpopo, and this is the area where Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation  is supporting a new research project to help save them from extinction.

These amazing animals are dying out as a result of habitat loss, human persecution and the outbreak of disease. They are mercilessly killed by subsistence and livestock farmers as a result of human – wildlife conflict.  


Wild Dogs are highly social animals, with strong family bonds and a firmly established hierarchy. There are typically an Alpha Male and Alpha Female who rule the pack, separately ‘ruling’ over members of their gender. All other members of the pack are subservient to them.

 The African wild dog is the bulkiest and most solidly built of African canids, standing 60–75 cm (24–30 in) in shoulder height, and weighs 20–25 kg (44–55 lb) in East Africa and up to 30 kg (66 lb) in Southern Africa.

Hunting typically starts at dawn or dusk, and is preceded by an elaborate greeting ritual involving lots of woops, licking and tail-wagging.

They are highly specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which get caught by chasing them to exhaustion. Highly effective, they hunt by approaching prey silently, then chasing it in a pursuit of up to 66 kilometres per hour (41 mph) for 10 to 60 minutes.

The same reason that makes these dogs such amazing predators, is one of the contributing factors to their disappearance – they are just such effective hunters, and need to eat much more per capita than e.g. lions. This makes livestock a prime target for them.

The African wild dog is a fast eater, with a pack being able to consume a Thompson's gazelle in 15 minutes. In the wild, the species' consumption rate is of 1.2–5.9 kg meat per wild dog a day, with one pack of 17–43 specimens in East Africa having been recorded to kill three animals per day on average. The young are allowed to feed first on the carcasses.


The African wild dog is a highly successful hunter. Nearly 80% of all wild dog hunts end in a kill; for comparison, the success rate of lions, often viewed as ultimate predators, is only 10%

Certain packs in the Serengeti specialized in hunting zebras in preference to other prey.  One pack was recorded to occasionally prey on bat-eared foxes rolling on the carcasses before eating them.  Hyenas sometimes act as kleptoparasites by stealing food that the Wild Dogs hunted.

Wild Dogs appoint ‘nannies’ to look after their young when they go hunting. They would then bring the carers and babies food by regurgitating some of the meat so their family can eat.

The gestation period lasts 69–73 days, with the interval between each pregnancy being 12–14 months on average. The African wild dog produces more pups than any other canid, with litters containing around 6–16 pups, with an average of 10, thus indicating that a single female can produce enough young to form a new pack every year.

Because the amount of food necessary to feed more than two litters would be impossible to acquire by the average pack, breeding is strictly limited to the dominant female, which may kill the pups of subordinates.

The San of Botswana see the African wild dog as the ultimate hunter, and traditionally believe that shamans and medicine men can transform themselves into the wild dog. Some San hunters will smear African wild dog bodily fluids on their feet before a hunt, believing that doing so will gift them with the animal's boldness and agility.


There is only one of the factors contributing to their demise that we are in a position to address. With the Wild Heart Wild Dog Project we are attempting to develop a practical deterrent to prevent Wild Dogs from attacking livestock. As it is still in the fledgling stage, we can only say that it would involve ultrasonic sound frequencies.

If successful, this could be the solution to protect other endangered predators from human wildlife conflict as well.

This project is crucially important to the continued existence of these precious predators in the wild. We are working closely with the Legend Wildlife & Education Centre, who also hosts the crucially important ‘The Rhino Orphanage’. (Ongoing support to TRO’s Rhino Orphans is one of our main functions, and you can support us by clicking on this link; (Wild Dog Project/Rhino Orphanage).

To initiate the project, we need the following:

The complete development of a new camp for the newly-formed pack, including earthworks, fencing posts & hardware, electric fencing for the establishment of maintenance camps.

We will need to build them an underground den, with monitoring equipment.

In order to reduce the human imprint and let them not associate humans with food, a pulley system will be designed and built to drag and release food at random intervals, so that they can live as wild and free as possible.

Once the camp and perimeter have been established, the real work will begin.

The project requires start-up capital as well as ongoing funding, and we will post a dedicated wish-list as soon as possible.

No amount is too small, and as always, we will show you exactly how your donations are being utilized as per our commitment to #EthicalConservation.

Help us to make a difference to the future of these amazing animals today.





Pangolins are officially the most-trafficked animal in the world.

In October of 2016 at the CITES convention held in Johannesburg, South Africa, all eight species were upgraded to Appendix 1. This means that international trade in animals is strictly prohibited. In addition to this there are some amazing people working tirelessly to save this exceptional species.

All eight species are listed as endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

There are eight species of this scaled and elusive creature. Four of them, The Indian pangolin, Formosan pangolin, Sunda pangolin and Palawan pangolin are found in Asia and are different because they have tiny bristles between their scales. In Africa the four species found south of the Sahara are the Temminck’s ground pangolin, Tree pangolin, Giant pangolin and the Long-tailed pangolin. 

These ant- & termite eating little animals are the only mammals covered in scales consisting of keratin (the same as in fingernails, hair, and similar to rhino horn).

As they have no defence against humans, aside from rolling themselves into a ball, poachers can simply pick them up and bag them without any resistance. This makes them vulnerable beyond belief.


 Interesting Facts about Pangolins:

  • They only have one baby per year, in Winter.
  • When threatened, they roll into a ball to try and protect themselves. The name ‘Pangolin’ is derived from meaning ‘something that rolls into a ball’.
  • Humans are their worst enemy, as other animals mostly leave them alone. Lions and leopards will try their luck, but cannot bite through the scales.
  • Pangolins walk on their hind feet, using their tails for balance and holding their front feet with its sharp claws in the air like hands. They use their powerful claws to break open termite mounds and ants nests to get to the juicy insects inside.
  • They can climb trees and swim.
  • Their lifespan is unknown, as they do not do well in captivity. The oldest recorded pangolin in captivity lived for 19 years.
  • Pangolin scales are smuggled by the ton, meaning that thousands of these animals are being killed per month. It is estimated that around 100 000 pangolins are killed and smuggled every year.
  • They do not have teeth, thus they cannot chew. The millions of insects they eat annually are ground up in their stomachs via stones and keratin to enable digestion.
  • They grow 50cm – 1m in length, with their weight being 5 – 15 kg. Their sticky tongues can be longer than their bodies!
  • Pangolins are Solitary, Nocturnal Animals.
  • Poaching of Pangolins is fuelled by Superstitious beliefs of ‘Medicinal’ efficacy.
  • A coat of armor made from Pangolin scales was given to King George III in 1820.


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  • Keep your eyes and ears open, and report all Wildlife Crime and Suspicious Behaviour to your nearest Authority
  • Support trusted Conservation Authorities, whose Anti-Poaching teams will also protect Pangolins in their territories and projects. Make sure these organizations adhere to Transparency and #EthicalConservation Practices. To Support Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation in our various Wildlife Projects, please go to: Help our Wildlife
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"The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands"

Saving Leila the captive Chimp

We have to help save this poor Chimp Leila. We need to raise funds to relocate her to a sanctuary where she can live in peace without being chained to a tree everyday. We will be coordinating efforts with John Groblar who found the little girl so that we can find a suitable home.

From John - "My efforts to rescue Leila the chimpanzee from her prison and put her into a sanctuary has run into some headwinds: the Jane Goodall Institute does not have funds available to remove her from present situation.

PASA also does not have a chapter in Angola, so that leaves me with only one small NGO in Luanda, run by Francisca Pires who takes care of stray and abandoned dogs. She works close with a veterinary in Luanda called Fatima, who is exactly the kind of person we need here to rescue Leila from that old zoo.
I do not have the funds myself either - we need to buy her out from captors, have her checked out and sedated and possibly moved by plane to Luanda to Fatima' and Francisca's care.

Her story by John Groblar: "Her name is Leila and she six or seven years old.
Some guy from Cabinda sold her to the Granja Por De Sol concessionnaire about three years ago.
He has since skipped town for Luanda, left lots of unpaid debts and is currently not answering his phone.
They kept her in a cage initially, but she broke everything until they figured she wanted to be close to people, which is why she is kept here next to the gate. She might also be a trained pick-pocket - she had her hand in my pocket at first opportunity. Very friendly and liked a good scratch from another strangely hairless ape: my hair was of great interest. She has learned to beg a drink from passers-by, either fetching a can for some Coke or a bottle for beer. And her incissors have been removed. One shudders to think how. I'm amazed she still trusts people, but clearly one that had been around humans all her life."

We are still working out how much money will be needed and to finalize a home for her, but have to make a start. Please help us help her be making a donation.. Thank you.

Ongoing help needed to supply our Baby Rhinos with desperately needed Milk

We need your help to make sure that everything is done to care for these victims of poaching.

Below is little Nandi. just one of the orphans we help so that eventually she can be released back into a safe haven in the Wild.

URGENTLY NEEDED! Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Enclosures. 

Sometimes, our persecuted Wildlife gets lucky. It doesn't happen often, but it happens occasionally, when passionate people decide to pour their heart and soul into #EthicalConservation.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, our Wildlife just got lucky.

The team at the Jhb Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to treating and rehabilitating small to medium-sized urban wildlife.

A few weeks ago, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation did a surprise #SupplyDrop for them, stocking them up on veterinary medicines and consumables numbering hundreds of items, to the value of over R20 000. This was a great start, but we have to do more! All the animals here are treated at no charge, and the aim is always successful re-wilding and release. We have to put the animals first, be their voice, and give them the best chance at survival.

*Anything worth doing, is worth doing well*
A substantial number of the patients are raptors, and they need specialist care. In the pictures you can see a selection of the beautiful birds of prey who have been treated here.

***Urgently Needed right now is 3 x Rehabilitation Enclosures for these winged wonders. Having the proper enclosures aid rehabilitation and improves the survival rate of rescues.
The enclosures are made out of a steel framework with gate, diamond-mesh covered and completely enclosed in shade-netting to minimize trauma and external stimuli. They are 5m in length, and 2.4m wide, so that a pre-flight test can easily be accommodated.

We have sourced the manufacturers, and just need that magical ingredient - your support - to make these life-saving enclosures a reality.

The cost is R25 000 (1,800 USD) for all three enclosures. The injured Birds of Prey really need this. Every single cent will help towards being the wind beneath their wings, and will help set them up for that sweet flight of freedom.
As always we will keep you updated on progress, from the building to the delivery and installation of these critically needed rooms.
Please help by donating to Support #RaptorRehab and help us build this for them! You can also donate directly at:

We cannot do it without you.

Your Donations at Work

Help is needed for the treatment & welfare of orphaned Rhinos. Some of the items, equipment & general supplies needed listed below.

- High density foam mattresses for the treatment of larger Rhinos who have been rescued.

- Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles.
- Ringers: I.V. Drips for rhinos in need of critical care .
- Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes.
- Basic Wound Care Kits (Kidney dishes, Suture kits & Forceps).

- Denkavit calf milk replacer: 25 kg per month
- Protexin premium or soluble: 1 bucket per week
- Calostrum Biomel-plus: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Oral electrolytes: to prepare 10 lts per day
- Antimicrobial spray for wounds: 1 can per month

- Virkon disinfectant: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Carmino+ sachets
- Omega oil
- Syringes: 1, 3, 5, 10, 50 ml

- lighting & surge protection
- Camera traps
- Food thermometer
- Linen for volunteers accommodation.

These are just a few of the items needed to help care for the Rhino orphans. They have already been through hell, so the least we can all do is to ensure they have a chance at a future.

You can donate via the donate button on the right of the page or via Bank transfer below.

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Swift code for International - FIRNZAJJ 143

 What We Do!

Below are the brave Anti-Poaching Rangers we help supply with Uniforms and equipment to help protect our precious wildlife. Your help to keep them properly equipped is much appreciated.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including over 1000 Kilo's (2,200 lbs) of milk powder, specialized food and health supplies and critical care medical items as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials, Shade netting, Field fencing for the Wild Dogs, Anti-Poaching Ranger gear and camera traps to help protect the Lions in the Sanctuary - all required to keep the orphanages and sanctuary operational. 


Doing What We Say, and Showing What We Do!

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation below, assisting with treatment of Rhinos in the field


We help Turn the Tragedy of Poaching into Hope for a better Future