South Africa: Tenikwa Wildlife Re­hab Cen­tre

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Fair Trade Tourism cer­ti­fied Tenikwa, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion lo­cated close to Plet­ten­berg Bay, uses tourism as a plat­form to raise aware­ness about threats fac­ing South Africa's indige­nous wild cats, us­ing the funds it gen­er­ates from tourism for a wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme that caters for ma­rine and ter­res­trial species.

Tenikwa is the first wildlife fa­cil­ity to be cer­ti­fied against the new cap­tive wildlife cri­te­ria in­tro­duced by Fair Trade Tourism in 2016. Tenikwa's re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties ad­mit over 250 in­jured or aban­doned wild an­i­mals an­nu­ally and wher­ever pos­si­ble these an­i­mals are re­leased back into the wild.

Tenikwa's sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gramme in­cludes us­ing col­lected rain­wa­ter for drink­ing and chan­nelling run-off wa­ter into dams that sup­port wa­ter­fowl and a wet­land eco-sys­tem. Tenikwa sup­ports lo­cal sup­pli­ers that are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and eth­i­cal, while its com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives in­clude sup­port­ing a lo­cal com­mu­nity gar­den­ing club to utilise en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly gar­den­ing tech­niques. Tenikwa is one of few tourism busi­nesses to pub­lish an an­nual sus­tain­abil­ity re­port.

Vis­i­tors to Tenikwa are ed­u­cated on non-lethal meth­ods of preda­tor man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly and techno-savvy farm­ing prac­tices, how to co-ex­ist with wildlife and the il­le­gal wildlife trade. In­ter­est-spe­cific pro­grammes are of­fered, such as the Pri­vate Pho­to­graphic Tour and EcoKidz Fam­ily Chal­lenge. Tenikwa also of­fers a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for vet­eri­nary stu­dents wish­ing to gain ex­per­tise in the wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion field. In the broader com­mu­nity, Tenikwa runs work­shops on han­dling dan­ger­ous an­i­mals as well as how to deal with in­jured wildlife out in the field.

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