Bushbaby Conservation and Rehabilitation

Bushbabies need your help and our help to survive.  Sometimes they need rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation, release back into the wild, a sanctuary. Sometimes they need rescuing from the illegal pet trade, cruelty or neglect.


Bushbaby (galagidae)

Lesser bushbaby (galago moholi)

Thick-tailed bushbaby (otolemur crassicaudatus)

They need specialised care and a special diet.

If you have a bushbaby that needs our help, don't hesitate to get in touch.  All animals matter and we are here and happy to help.



Don't break the law



It is illegal to keep an indigenous bushbaby without a permit. 

If you see someone keeping an indigenous bushbaby as a pet and they want to surrender it, get in touch.

If you see someone keeping a bushbaby as a pet and they will not surrender it, contact your local SPCA who can legally confiscate the bushbaby and place it in the right care.

BUSHBABY as a Pet?

Released bushbabies captured on the night cam; we put the camera traps for monitoring a research purposes.  This is a feeding station for soft release.


One of C.A.R.E.'s bushbaby success stories; expet rehabilitated and released.


The tiny "Nagapie" (night monkey in Afrikaans) are at risk due to humans wanting to keep them as inappropriate pets. 


Cute and cuddly looking but did you know they mark their territories by urinating into a cupped hand and then rubbing this on the feet, bushbabies spread their scent wherever they move.  They are also only active at night and need a very specialised diet.

Many species of nocturnal primates are increasingly threatened by illegal collecting for the pet trade. When transported outside of their natural range and climate, many bushbabies die. This is partly because they are adapted to a specific climate and landscape, but also because each species has a very specific diet, which they typically do not receive when they are kept as pets, by inexperienced keepers.


Furthermore the incorrect diet will result in mal-formed bones, kidney and liver damage, obesity and pscychological impairments.

Bushbabies are very prone to respiratory problems if the correct temperatures are not maintained.


New owners often grow tired quickly; these are nocturnal primates and owners often get bored of them sleeping during the day and do not give enough gum or  adequet insects needed to sustain them at night.  When the novelty wears off the animals are often dumped in the nearest veld. Where they often do not survive as they do not know the landscape; dehydration and starvation.


If you see someone with an indigenous wild animals as a pet, get in touch.  Or call your local SPCA.

bushbabies IN NEED

When deciding whether or not to rescue; a general guideline especially concerning babies: watch and wait long enough to ensure that they were actually abandoned. If you are sure, then carefully pop them into a quiet, dark box and research until you find a facility which would rehabilitate them correctly. You may choose to spend a while asking, in detail, what the rehabilitation process would entail until you are satisfied that the animal will be well cared for! Don’t be afraid to ask for progress updates!

Move them off the road, be vigilant of wildlife and slow down for wildlife. 


Contact us if you see tortoises being illegally kept in captivity.

Save them from veld fires, the road, domestic animals, pet owners.... do not keep them as pets.

Keep the wild, in the wild.

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Baboon and wildlife rehabilitation centre and sanctuary, pioneering in rehabilitation for release back into the wild since 1989.