Wild Animals
Photo Credit: Wendy Willson, Dr K, Sarah Kempen

Multiple wild cats, foxes, caracals and other animals have been rescued from appalling conditions and will finally get to be wild animals again.


Johannesburg, South Africa (02 March 2023) – Wild animals are not pets, full stop. In a joint operation alongside the Bloemfontein SPCA, Virginia SPCA and the Department of Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA), the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital team rescued multiple wild animals being bred for the pet trade.

The wild animals were being kept on a property in the Free State. 70 wild animals were removed from the property and taken to safety by the wildlife vet and SPCA teams.

“To be able to rescue just one wild animal and give it a second chance is a wonderful experience. To be able to rescue multiple animals in desperate need, all in one day, is truely a privilege!” – Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital.

The rescue operation was vital as many of the animals were in incredibly compromised positions. They were sedated to reduce stress and many were found to be starving, riddled with disease, parasite infestation and even self-mutilation as a result of their extreme distress.

The veterinary hospital is caring for all the animals, rehabilitating them for release. They plan to share the progress of the animals which include Bat Eared Foxes, Caracals, Servals (including kittens that had been removed from their mother) and more.

Charges have been laid against the person responsible for this cruelty and a court case will happen in time. The vets will share what they can as they are allowed. So be sure to stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates.

“In the coming weeks we will introduce you to the various patients and keep you up to date with their journeys whilst on the road to recovery and hopefully on to their final release.

We are dedicated to fighting wildlife crime and cruelty and being a part of this epic team that brought relief and rescue to these suffering animals was an honour.

We will post more info when we can as this will be part of a court case.”

With a rescue of this size, the team are asking for support in providing food for all their carnivores. This includes insects, mice and many other small creatures, almost daily. If you would like to support, there are several ways which we will list below.

They treat indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on donations and support from the community.

Food donations can be purchased here: https://silkwormshop.co.za/…/johannesburg-wildlife-vet/ – The shop will deliver to the wildlife vet on your behalf.

Or if you can donate a monetary sum, please see below.


Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account No: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

SNAPSCAN: https://pos.snapscan.io/qr/PXMP5766

PAYPAL: ​paypal.me/joburgwildlifevet

Lastly, please remember the only place a wild animal should be, is in the wild. They are not pets and they should not be tamed, no matter how cute they are. It is also illegal to have a wild animal as a pet.

Sources: JWVH
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