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C.A.R.E. about Wildlife

C.A.R.E. (The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education), established over 26 years ago, in 1989 is a rehabilitation centre for our beautiful baboons and other small indigenous wildlife, on the riverside of the Olifants River in Limpopo South Africa. 


C.A.R.E., located in the heart of a "Big 5 Nature Reserve" between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, bordering the Kruger National Park South Africa, is a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary dedicated to the care, welfare, rehabilitation and protection of injured and orphaned indigenous wild animals.  Featured on Animal Planet, ITV, Carte Blanche and in other media, C.A.R.E. is renowned for the vital, life-saving and pioneering work with wildlife.

New Veterinary Clinic now at C.A.R.E thanks to your support! 

New Education Centre built!

We need your help to equip it!

Watch as UK Celebrity Paul O'Grady meets our beautiful orphan baboon babies!
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C.A.R.E. has been a pioneer in the rehabilitation and release of chacma baboons for over 26 years along with helping other small animals and small birds too. 


Freedom is the end goal for all the incredible beings that need our help, but for our dear elderly residents and most psychologically damaged individuals; we offer a permanent home, a sanctuary.


We believe that all animals, no-matter how small or large deserve respect and to live harmoniously with us humans.  We pledge that we will help as and when we are called.  From the smallest bird, to South Africa's largest primate; the charasmatic and misunderstood baboon, we will help and we care! 

We have an extensive wildlife "friends" network to help with transport and welcome all the support and assistance offered. 


We run solely on the generosity of wonderful people and supporters - like you!  Our Volunteer Programme along with donations, funds the vital, life-saving and pioneering work that we do!

2017 is set to be a further exciting year at C.A.R.E., with our Veterinary Clinic completed, Education Centre being kitted out, new Volunteer Accommodation and beginning of our Community Outreach projects, we have been busy!


We have just finishing building our brand-new Feed Store and Prep area, with a grant donated by IPPL (The International Primate Protection League)  , the support globally makes a big difference to the animals in our care and also local communities of whom we employ a local African staff and also purchase food from local farmers to feed the animals!  For more information visit our Blog, Utube Page and Facebook Page.

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Thanks to your help, KD's Troop will soon be swinging in trees!


Baboon orphan rehabilitated and rescued.  Baboon in a tree. Baboon baby. CARE. Olifants river.

Volunteers are part of the C.A.R.E. family and integral to the success of the centre.  We offer hands-on experience, primate husbandry and rehabilitation training in a Big 5 South African Nature Reserve.  Your help is actually needed, especially to provide support for incoming primate orphans.

C.A.R.E. (The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education) is a wildlife rehabilitation centre based on the edge of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.  Situated in a Big 5 Nature Reserve it has the perfect natural and native habitat for wildlife rehabilitation.  C.A.R.E. is a registered Non-Profit Organisation and also a Government approved Rehabilitation Facility.  More...

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We rely on generosity and donations to enable us to care for the baboons undergoing rehabilitation and we hope that through keeping you updated on your special baboon you may get to know a little of its personality and character as it develops! Choose one of our very special baboons to give them a life they deserve.

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Check out the video above showing the wild baboons foraging in the morning winter sun at C.A.R.E. amongst the impala.  Wild male Jesse is courting alpha female Itchi who recently weaned her youngest son, San.  Jesse was nursed back to health in 2013 after suffering fro...

May 26, 2018

We are delighted that the Unbound Project has chosen to shine the spotlight onto C.A.R.E.'s founder Rita Miljo and our Assisting Managing Director Samantha Dewhirst.  Visit the story.

"Unbound is a multimedia and book project by acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthu...

May 18, 2018


One day a strange new shiny metal climbing structure appeared on the edge of the fresh smelling pine forest we love to visit, once the sun has come up and the air starts to feel the warmth run through it. The f...

March 6, 2018


We wanted to share with you just a few special moments in the C.A.R.E. Phase I Rehabilitation Nursery Quarantine today. The two orphaned baby baboons are our most recent orphans, Raven and Arya, who have now spent over a week tog...

March 6, 2018

We were thrilled when Phalaborwa FM Radio Station agreed to give us some airtime to spread the word of the plight of Baboons and reach over 120,000 people who listen in on a Sunday morning!

So, volunteer staff member, Sam Keegan, and volunteer Daniela Burgos Illanes set...

September 25, 2017

12 wild-caught baboons destined for the biomedical research industry have been released thanks to C.A.R.E., the NSPCA and the EMS Foundation.

WE RAISED $4,857 of $4,000 GOAL!!



Many people rallied together to help and as a result, so m...

May 20, 2017

Today 19 Staff and Volunteers committed to pushing their own boundaries all for standing up for BABOONS! Walking 26km from the Grietjie Gate at C.A.R.E. to Kruger National Park in Phalaborwa, walking to raise money for essential veterinary equipment to save lives of si...

May 17, 2017

C.A.R.E. baboon sanctuary Directors join GFAS, The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and PASA, The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance workshops in Uganda.

Our annual global fundraiser #WalkingforBaboons has proven to be a huge success, not only raising funds but also awareness, encouraging people to take action, feel empowered and feel part of something global.  

We are proud that Anneka Svenska supports the work we do at...

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© 2017 Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education.                                                 Email: info@primatecare.org.za

Registered South African Not-for-Profit Organisation 099-591                                        Tel: +27(0)714633339, +27(0)825851759 or +27(0)725461308 (feel free to WhatsApp)

Registered South African Public Benefit Organisation 930036922                                Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CARE.wildlife.rehabilitation

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