Photo Credit: Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation

For over eight years, the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation have been behind the scenes of all kinds of rescues from illegally-traded chameleons to struggling lions. Now, their next rescue (a dream that’s long been pushed to the side) is closer to being possible than ever:


Roodepoort, South Africa (08 January 2023) — Heroes of the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation have long been fighting a thankless fight in the name of ethical conservation. For over eight years, this little non-profit has done very big things for as much wildlife as possible; often with limited resources.

Founded by Paul Oxton and Carina Crayton, the Foundation has put the heart back into the wild. They’ve helped chameleons rescued from illegal trading get back on their feet. They’ve performed vasectomies on lions in the back of Scooby, the field vehicle. They’ve fought for chained chimps and made sure monkeys in the worst conditions got a new, safe start. And, they’ve released Cape Vultures back into the wild in a moment so liberating we all felt lighter. They have helped thousands of animals just like the aforementioned, and look forward to helping thousands more.

They’ve also rallied resources for other Wildlife Centres, Rehabilitation stations and teams. Just a few weeks ago, they made an incredible Christmas Fundraiser possible for the Rhino Orphanage.

Needless to emphasise, this is a team that’s done a lot with a little.

Now, it’s their turn to cast their sights on another rescue—that of a dream pushed to the side.

“Since inception, it has always been the dream of Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation to open its own Wildlife Clinic and Rehabilitation Center,” shared WHWF. 

While they have created a lot of positive impact, much has been from their position as a support organisation (which really means being collaborators in making incredible animal saving moments possible), they know that having their own wildlife centre would make the world of difference to their mission.

This is a dream that’s long been around for the WHWF, but with all the funding a centre like this would require, it’s also a dream that’s been pushed aside many times over; only to recently be rescued.

Things changed for the hopeful after Wild Heart got the opportunity to take up space on a farm up North; sparking a renewed sense of possibility for their wildlife centre dreams once more.

In July 2023, WHWF created a crowdfunding campaign for their new mission. Many months have gone by, and the campaign has slowly trickled on. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near its end goal.

Given how much the team have done with a little, we can only imagine how much they’ll do with a lot.

Anyone sparked to help them rescue their dream can find out more about the campaign here. 

Sources: Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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