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Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Donate and support wildlife in South Africa


To educate people on ethical treatment of wildlife, sustainable tourism and successfully release rehabilitated animals back into the wild.


Len & Mandy


Animal Welfare

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa



Besides our wildlife rehab work, we also educate the general public on the plight of wild life while they are on one of our conservation-based tours.

Our Impact

Through guided tours with the general public and a sustainable volunteering program we are able to successfully rehabilitate and release various animals into the wild. 


Our story

Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house.  Today it is one of the largest active wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine species.

Animals arrive at Tenikwa on an almost daily basis. Each case is individually assessed and a rehabilitation schedule is designed, a fitting enclosure prepared and eventual safe release plan is implemented to give each animal the best chance of survival.

What we do

We rehabilitate and release injured and abandoned wildlife from across the Garden Route, Both Marine and terrestrial animals. We have created a sustainable model to ensure that all the operations being conducted at Tenikwa are directed to achieving a positive outcome for the animals and people involved.


We have released over 80 endangered African Penguins to date along with a multitude of other indigenous wildlife. We admit between 200 and 400 wild animals each year. We have treated birds, mammals, reptiles and everything in between.

On top of that we also offer wildlife tours to see the indigenous cats of South Africa and other local wildlife and change the minds and hearts of every visitor. Our tours are conservation based and focus on promoting ethical tourism and ethical treatment of animals.

Local change

Our staff are role-models in their community and take the message of conservation home to their families. Staff at Tenikwa are full-time employees, and Tenikwa contributes significantly to the employment of the local community sourcing its staff locally.


Donate directly to Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre


Money, we receive is used for
  • We take the donations to fund our rehabilitation work, feeding, medical bills, enclosure maintenance enclosure maintenance and arranging transport and so forth for releases.
  • Besides the wildlife education tours with our resident animals that receive lifelong care from us, we depend on regular donations from the public to maintain the appropriate level of care and quality of food that the animals deserve.
Our current project
  • We are in the process of trying to rescue a lion from Madagascar. He is being kept as a pet. He will stay with us for the rest of his natural life. The enclosure that we are building for him is not quite done yet. We would need about R50 000 to finish the enclosure and about R200 000 to care for him for the rest of his life.
Kathrin David Portrait Sonnenlicht Feld Köln

Who visited the project personally?

Kathrin visited Tenikwa August 2018. It was very difficult to find an ethical wildlife rehabilitation center in South Africa. Meeting and interviewing Elzette for her Podcast (see below), felt to her like she learned about a whole new world. Is it ok to breed with animals in captivity? (no!) Is it ok to touch animals? (no, never). Why is volunteering sometimes good and sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Tenikwa is a special place and it needs all the support, it can get.

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