Joburg vet helped save animals from the struggling Bloemfontein Zoo
Photo Credit: Ashleigh Pienaar - Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

A month ago, the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital joined the Bloemfontein SPCA to rescue animals from the zoo!


Johannesburg, South Africa (07 April 2020) – We first shared the story about the SPCA stepping in to care for the animals at the Bloemfontein Zoo a month ago.

At the same time, the organisation announced their involvement, they called on fellow animal care organisation, the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital to help them remove animals from the property.

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital are experts in treating indigenous animals and were there to help take care of over 30 animals.

They rescued:

  • 4 x Spotted Eagle Owls
  • 1 x Jackal Buzzard
  • 1 x Verreaux’s Eagle
  • 3 x Cape Vultures
  • 2 x Caracals
  • 1 x African Wildcat
  • 1 x Small-Spotted Genet
  • 1 x African Civet
  • 2 x Porcupines
  • 1 x Blue Crane
  • 2 x Nile Crocodiles
  • 3 x Puff Adders
  • 2 x Mole Snakes
  • 1 x Rinkhals
  • 2 x Cape Cobras
  • 1 x Southern African Python
  • 1 x Rock Monitor

The following are the exotic species that the veterinary hospital helped to catch. These have been placed into trusted, ethical sanctuaries:

  • 6 x Capuchin Monkeys
  • 1 x Ring-Tailed Lemur
  • 2 x Owl Monkeys
  • 2 x Yellow Anacondas

“While this is an ongoing matter between the SPCA and the Bloemfontein Zoo, these animals will be cared for until such time as the case has been finalised.

In the days that followed, Dr K and our team examined each of the rescued animals, individually. This was to ensure that we were aware of any pre-existing issues and to assess their overall condition. After a full physical examination, we could decide on the optimal care and diet necessary, depending on each case’s needs. The general conditions that these animals had been kept in were deplorable and we are determined to provide them with the best that we possibly can.

We cannot thank Dr K, Nicci Wright and Lauren Beckley enough for driving to Bloemfontein, working throughout the night to calmly and efficiently evacuate the animals mentioned.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: Some of the rescued animals have already been transferred to environments that can best cater to their specialised needs (such as the exotic primates). As a non-profit facility we constantly need your financial assistance to give these rescues cases the best care, natural diet and stimulation we can offer them.

If you are in any position to assist, us, please donate toward their care. No amount is too small. We are grateful for any and every donation that we receive. Please use BloemZoo as a reference.”

Below are the various payment options for the Wildlife Vet, remember to use the reference BloemZoo so they can allocate the funding.


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

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

“We treat indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of our community.”

Here are some photos of the rescued animals:

Sources: Facebook
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