Thanks to Kyron Labs for donating the incredible probiotic Protexin to C.A.R.E. for another year. This is a wonderful donation for which all the primates at C.A.R.E. are very grateful for.
Photo above: Stephen Munro, C.A.R.E.'s Managing Director and volunteers Austen and Chelsea saying thank you! Orphans in the photo who will benefit from the donation, along with many other individuals; Mr. Darcy, Georgia and Yolo.
The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E.), is a wildlife rehabilitation facility based on the edge of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. We specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of the intelligent and misunderstood chacma baboons. Baboons usually arrive at the centre dehydrated, malnourished and traumatised, orphaned as a result of human cruelty. The rehabilitation for release process is long and complex, but C.A.R.E. has achieved pioneering success in this field of conservation and animal science.
Protexin is one of C.A.R.E.’s most favoured products which is a daily staple in the infant, sick and elderly baboon’s diets. For infants the cross-over from their nutritious mother’s milk to a human substitute variety can be unsettling on their young un-developed digestive systems and Protexin has been observed by the caregivers to help immensely! Additionally many animals at the centre have to undergo a course of anti-biotics, such as Presley an orphaned and injured African Crested Porcupine receiving veterinary treatment after the loss of all his toes. Presley has Protexin mixed in a special formula and he seems to be healing well and will be able to be released! Anti-biotics can have a negative impact on all the good flora in the animal’s digestive tracts so at C.A.R.E. the veterinary staff give a course of Protexin, a pro-biotic to aid the good bacteria in the gut. Protexin is used as standard in our Veterinary Care Protocols for wildlife on any medications in the clinic.
Above: Orphan Mr. Darcy will be enjoying the probiotic in his milk. In captivity we cannot replicate his own natural mothers milk, but elements like Protexin help and make a difference.
C.A.R.E. has been so appreciative of all the support and to Kyron Labs for donating Protexin to the centre, especially because the last two years has been such a tough and transition period. In 2012 C.A.R.E.’s founder, Rita Miljo died in a tragic fire along with three baboons. Thankfully the fire was able to be controlled and the rest of the animals in danger were rescued from the flames. The fire destroyed the main facilities which included the clinic, baboon kitchen, nursery baby sleeping quarters and office. Since then the C.A.R.E. team have been working tirelessly to secure funds and push forwards to ensure that the facilities could be replaced. Thanks to an overwhelming response from caring animal lovers, C.A.R.E. has been able to build a brand-new, spacious and far better than the original Veterinary Clinic! Furthermore, funds have allowed for a new baboon kitchen, a huge electrified semi-wild enclosure and a visitor area is underway to enable us to achieve our goals for outreach and education.
This year C.A.R.E. has the releases of two baboon troops planned with Government permission granted! The wilderness area is perfect baboon habitat! That together with incoming orphans and the quarantine procedures for the baboons being released into their semi-wild enclosure we have seen a rise in the amount of Protexin we have using to keep our baboons fighting fit!
Thank you to Kyron Labs for contributing to the good health of the baboons and especially for those undergoing quarantine for release back into the wild!
The baboons absolutely love the probiotic; it has a sweet taste and can easily be given in their milk bottles!