Thursday, 14 July 2011

Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre is a Raptor Adventure

Dullstroom Bird Of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre, established in 1997, aims to educate the public in order to promote an awareness of the raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species.

We are extensively involved in promoting the well-being of this awesome species.

Public support of our efforts is invaluable and we truly appreciate with gratitude any form of help we receive.

We hope that by transferring understanding of the raptors plight we will reduce the persecution of these birds which is a happening globally.

Release programme

Over the years we have been quite successful in our rehabilitation programme through which we heal birds and get them bird back into their natural habitat.

This is not as easy as it sounds and requires time and patience.

To achieve this we use two methods:

1. Falconry, where we actively hunt with the bird and get it to hunt for us. Once the bird shows that it is fit by successfully hunting with us then it is usually ready to fend for itself in the wild and is released.

2. Hacking Back is a method which involves leaving a healthy but unfit bird in an aviary for a few weeks to get used to its surroundings.

The aviary is then left open to let the bird out in its own time to go and hunt.

An unfit bird usually does not catch anything on the first few attempts and returns to the aviary to get its daily food ration.

The process is repeated until one day the bird is able to hunt and fend for itself and no longer returns.

Visit Dullstroom Bird Of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre when you are in Mpumalanga again for a raptor adventure. Feel the air move as they swoop just over your head!

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