CROW - Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife

contact Claire Hodgkinson
Tel: 031 462 1127
Fax: 031 462 9700
Send us an e-mail
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venue 2 Coedmore Avenue
Yellowwood Park Durban
time Open to public - last Sun of each month.
Gates open 10.45am
Tour starts 11.00am
cost R20pp
Members free
age All ages


Centre For Rehabilitation Of Wildlife


We are situated in Yellowwood Park, Durban. It is a wildlife hospital that cares for the injured and orphaned wild animals and birds in Kwazulu Natal. CROW has 12 depots in and around the Province and is considered to be one of the leading rehabilitation Centers in South Africa.

Almost 90% of animals admitted to CROW, have sustained injuries due to human negligence. It takes time and dedication to rehabilitate these animals and to prepare them to be re-introduced in their natural environment. Some animals' injuries are so severe that they cannot be rehabilitated and therefore become permanent residents at CROW. Animals that are currently being rehabilitated are placed in enclosures far away from human activity. We try to create enclosures that are similar to their natural environment to give them a "feel" of what their world is like. Orphaned antelope are often only released in Nature Reserves, where there are no predators, as they do not know what a predator is.

School visits


An increasing amount of time is being spent on the Educational aspects of Wildlife Conservation, and CROW has developed a program which is informative, fun and encourages interaction with the students. A variety of programs exist, to cater for various age groups, and our Educational Officers will make sure that when you visit, the content of the day is age-appropriate. Children are introduced to CROW and what it stands for, and then, depending on the size of the group, they are taken on a guided tour before spending time in the Educational Centre learning about skulls and bones and teeth. Worksheets are used here and children are encouraged to participate and document what they have learned.

CROW's vision


To be an independent, pioneering force in the protection and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife, while promoting the preservation of their natural habitat.

CROW's mission statement


CROW is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife, and believes in action and education with regard to the protection of all natural resources.
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