Rescuing owls can be hard, expensive work, so the Owl Rescue Centre has come up with a smart way to help feed their owls and get rid of pests at the same time.


Hartbeespoort, South Africa – Everybody gets freaked out when big creepy rats are found in their homes. Most people turn to poison to get rid of the problem, but this can be detrimental to owl populations. Poisoned rats cause deaths within owl populations, as well as other birds of prey.

The Owl Rescue Centre has come up with a solution that benefits both the people affected by rats and their rescued owls. They have created a unique rat trap that humanely traps the vermin, and then the centre can collect them and feed them to the recovering owls.

The traps are equipped with water and food so the rats can live in the traps while they await collection.  The rescue centre plans to rent out the traps at a minimal monthly fee of R150.00 which will cover the expense of collecting them weekly. They have decided to attach the price as they do not wish to use any of the money donated for owl rescue towards the project.

“We need more rats. If you work for or run a company in Gauteng and you have some critters running around, call us. We supply traps and collect the live rats. They are super environmentally friendly and the best reason to never ever use poison again. Ari manages this project and you can get him on 079 321 6384 or ari@owlrescuecentre.org.za

The thousands of rats we catch every month are used to feed the hundreds of owls that we have in rehab at any one time. Without rats and without funding, we don’t exist. No rehab can exist without funding. And because we have no corporate funding, we run projects like this.”

We think this is such a smart way to not only manage rat populations but to also care for the environment and the owls at their centre. You can find out more about the innovative project via their Facebook page here.

This is just another example of how the rescue centre is playing its part in cleaning the environment of toxins and pollution! Great job team!

Sources: Facebook
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens.
Click the link below to listen to the Good Things Guy Podcast, with Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy. He’s on a mission to change what the world pays attention to, and he truly believes that there’s good news all around us. In the Good Things Guy podcast, you’ll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories:

Or watch an episode of Good Things TV below, a show created to offer South Africans balance in a world with what feels like constant bad news. We’re here to remind you that there are still so many good things happening in South Africa & we’ll hopefully leave you feeling a little more proudly South African.   

Facebook Comments

About the Author

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *