Two Badgers destined for an international zoo were rescued and will be released back in SA

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The NSPCA was on hand to rescue two Honey Badgers that were destined to be shipped to an overseas zoo. The animals are being rehabilitated for release.


The NSPCA was on a site inspection when they were informed about two Honey Badgers that had been living in confined quarters on the property. They were waiting to be sold to an international zoo. The unit inspected the animals and discussed the options for rehabilitation and release. The owner agreed and signed the Badgers over to the NSPCA.

“After conducting an inspection at a facility, the NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit was informed of two young Honey badgers that had been destined for a zoo overseas. These badgers had been kept in a small wire enclosure, to prevent escape. Since the sale agreement had fallen through, the owner agreed to sign them over to the NSPCA for rehabilitation and to be released back into the wild.”

The two Badgers were kept at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria while a transport permit was organised. Once the permit was approved the animals were to be transported to Limpopo. Before they were transported, they were fully assessed. The Badgers were weighed and given vitamin boosters to help them cope with the trip.

“They arrived at SANWILD in the late afternoon. The crates were carefully taken into a large, semi-wild, natural enclosure. This enclosure will be their home until the soft-release process can start. The enclosure was further enriched with tall grass, trees and a big mound which they could dig in.”

 “Upon opening the doors of the crates the reactions of the badgers were priceless. A natural habitat where they could display their natural behaviour and dig and climb was completely new to them. These animals are highly intelligent, and we look forward to the day that the gates will be opened and they can wander into the wild and be free.”

We are so happy to hear these beautiful animals will be placed back into their natural habitat! Below are some pictures shared by the NSPCA. The NSPCA later clarified what the transaction between the owner and the zoo meant, they confirmed it was a legal transaction.

“The Badgers were bred in captivity and destined for another facility. It was when the deal fell through, that the owners decided to rather sign them over to the NSPCA so that they can live out the rest of their lives in the wild – where they were meant to be. Badgers are indigenous animals, and in order to keep, transport, or trade with them, permits from Nature Conservation are required.”

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Sources: NSPCA Johannesburg
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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