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The dedicated FORA team saw a poacher selling a dehydrated chameleon in Joburg and rescued it; the Johannesburg wildlife vet got her healthy and back to the wild.


Johannesburg, South Africa (24 January 2023) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital shared that they were able to save a dehydrated Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) thanks to the efforts of rescuers at Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA). The FORA team approached a well-known poacher who was selling the chameleon and was able to rescue it while ensuring the poacher was arrested by authorities.

The poacher was spotted at the Tarlton intersection in Johannesburg. Once the chameleon was safely in the hands of the FORA team, they rushed it to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital (JWVH) for treatment. She was thankfully saved from any more discomfort and released once she bounced back from her ordeal.

The wildlife vet specialises in caring for indigenous wildlife and does so free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of the community. These cases are so important as they save many animals, some of which are classed as endangered or threatened. Every wild animal that is saved, is a good news day!

“Yet another illegal Chameleon sale intercepted by Friends of Rescued Animals at the Tarlton intersection. This Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) was rescued from her poachers and rushed to our hospital. She arrived dehydrated and extremely distressed but after some TLC, she was much better, began eating on her own again and has subsequently been released.

The individual who caught and attempted to sell her is a well known repeat offender and was arrested.”

It is illegal to have wildlife and even more so to attempt to sell it. If you see anyone selling wild animals, the JWVH asks that you call the authorities to report it.

“We implore everyone who sees indigenous wildlife being sold to contact their local Nature Conservation body, SPCA or police station. Please do not buy these animals as buying and keeping these animals is not only terribly cruel and highly illegal but also further encourages this criminal behaviour to continue to take place.”

If you would like to support the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital’s treatment and care of wildlife, you can find out how here.

Sources: JWVH
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