Photo Credit: Kelsey Skinner & Sarah Kempen

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital took in 10 Large Spotted Genets and they are all ready to head outdoors into their pre-release enclosures.


Johannesburg, South Africa (19 January 2021) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital treats indigenous wildlife free of charge, relying solely on their community’s support. Their Facebook page is the place to be! It is filled with heartwarming rescue stories of our stunning local wildlife.

They solely focus on smaller species of indigenous animals as there are not many organisations that work or specialise in smaller species.

They have successfully raised 10 Large Spotted Genets over the last few weeks. The genets have come in for various reasons but all were juveniles and needed to be hand-reared.

They have finally grown big and strong enough to move outdoors into their pre-release enclosures. The 10 Large Spotted Genets are also being fed a variety of insects and mice thanks to the One Meal programme run by the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet.

 “We have successfully raised 10 Large spotted genets (Genetta maculata) which were admitted to our facility in the last couple of weeks.

The genets were each admitted as neonates or juveniles, and have all been hand-reared, starting on a special milk formula, and then progressing to enjoying insects and mice. Currently, at various stages of their development, almost all of our genet patients are in outside enclosures. Soon they will be placed into pre-release enclosures, in carefully suitable habitats.

As with most of our releases, this will be a soft-release process and the genets will be support fed until they are fully independent and have established their own territory. It is a lengthy but rewarding process. Pictured here are each of our recent 10 genet patients.

Our thanks to our members who assisted these genets: Lauren, Dr Kelsey, Dr Cristina and Ashleigh. A special thanks to Lisa, a dedicated volunteer that has been kitting out our outdoor enclosures with incredible enrichment and exciting podiums for our patients; the genets in particular.

We treat indigenous wildlife free of charge, relying on the community for donations and support.”

Photo Credit: Kelsey Skinner & Sarah Kempen
Photo Credit: Kelsey Skinner & Sarah Kempen

The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet’s feeding programme is called “One Meal“, and it allows the public to support their various rescues by paying for one meal. So for example, feeding a Large Spotted Genet costs R30 a day so you can donate that R30 and ensure a rescued Genet gets their meal for that day.

Below are the various payment options for the Wildlife Vet, they rely on donations so if you can, you can donate through the methods below.


Paypal:… (For the USA and international-based donors)

Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Sources: Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital
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