Category Archives: Birds

“Saving the Cranes” talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

April’s Species Conservation lecture series at Crocworld Conservation Centre will be presented by Ryne Ferguson, the Reserve Manager and Special Projects Coordinator at the KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation. His presentation on Saturday, 8 April, will focus on the three species of cranes found in South Africa, as well as the projects covered by the KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation.

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Crocworld Conservation Centre Welcomes Horace the Cape Vulture

Crocworld Conservation Centre is extremely excited to announce the launch of its very own conservation and breeding Vulture Program.

The project is a shared vision between Crocworld Conservation Centre and the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre in Pietermaritzburg. The Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured, ill and distressed birds of prey.

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“Vultures in Crisis” Talk by Tammy Caine at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On Saturday, 11 February, Tammy Caine, Manager of the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre will be delivering a talk entitled “Vultures in Crisis” at Crocworld Conservation Centre, as part of the Centre’s monthly lecture series. Join Caine on her discussion about these incredible, yet often misunderstood creatures, which are highly endangered.

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Newest rescued residents at Crocworld Conservation Centre

All ready for our newest rescued residents



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‘The Challenges Facing Our Wildlife’ Talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On Saturday, 08 October, Crocworld Conservation Centre will be presenting a talk by Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Paul Hoyte. Hoyte will be talking about ‘The Challenges Facing Our Wildlife’ as part of Crocworld Conservation Centre’s monthly lecture series.

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Two-part talk on Bird Migration at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On September 10th, Crocworld Conservation Centre be presenting a talk by renowned ornithologists Graham Grieve and David Ehlers-Smith. The talk, which is to be titled Long-Distance and Intra-African Bird Migration, offers birders and nature-lovers alike the opportunity to gain an expert insight into the lives of some of Africa’s most fascinating migratory birds.

Grieve and Ehlers-Smith will deliver the talk in two parts, with each focusing on their particular areas of expertise. Grieve, a qualified bird ringer, will reflect on his experiences ringing birds as part of an international project in Tsavo West Game Reserve, Kenya. In doing so, he will explain the life histories of some of the continent’s rarest Palearctic migrant species. These are the northern hemisphere birds that travel long distances each year to spend the summer here in southern Africa.

Ehlers-Smith, on the other hand, will look at the species that inhabit the Indian Ocean Coastal Forest Belt. In particular, he will focus on resident migratory species, and those that travel from other areas to spend the winter in the coastal forests. Part of Ehlers-Smith’s talk will be dedicated to the issues threatening these forest habitats, including habitat degradation and the land-use pressures triggered by increasing agriculture and urbanisation. Both Ehlers-Smith and Grieve will be speaking from extensive personal experience.

Grieve and Ehlers-Smith

Date: Saturday, 10 September

Time: 8:30 for 9:00am to 11:00am

08.30 – 9.00am: Registration and Welcome by Crocworld Conservation Centre.

9.00- 10.30am: ‘Long-Distance and Intra-African Bird Migration’

10.30- 11.00am: Tea & coffee

There will be time for questions whilst tea and coffee is served.

Venue: Crocworld Conservation Centre

Cost: R75.00 per adult and R35 per pensioner or scholar. Payment secures a place for the talk, please send proof of payment (or arrange to pay on the day)

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL (space is limited)

Lunch is not included in the price. For those who would like to have lunch can return to Le Rendez- Vous Restaurant at Crocworld Conservation Centre which has beautiful views of the Coastline and serves light lunches or pay a visit to Inzinyoni Indigenous Nursery. The nursery is located on the grounds of Crocworld Conservation Centre and open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 08h00 until 13h00.

To make your reservation contact: Nolean Allun, Crocworld Conservation Centre on
(039) 976 1103/ (083) 654 9651 or e-mail
Account Details: Crocworld (Crookes Brothers Limited) Banking Details: FNB,
Branch: Scottburgh, Branch Code: 220227, Account Number: 53640119111, please fax the proof of payment to (039) 978 3279

Please note:

If you wrote down your name on the list passed around at the August Talk there is no need to re-book as you have already been added to the list of attendees for the September talk. You are welcome to pay cash on the day or if you still wish to pay via EFT, please ensure you bring along the proof of payment with you to the talk. However if you are no longer able to attend please inform us via telephone or email so that we can remove your name from the September talk attendees list.

Its going to be a fantastic talk, we hope that you can join us.

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‘Birds of the Mid-South Coast and Their Sounds’ Talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

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On 10 October, Crocworld Conservation Centre will be hosting the latest in its ongoing series of monthly environmental lectures, this time hosted by ornithology experts Roy Cowgill and Stephen Davis and is entitled ‘Birds of the Mid-South Coast and Their Sounds’.

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Crocworld Conservation Centre welcomes two Marabou Storks to the Crocworld Family

birdsVisitors to Crocworld Conservation Centre will now be able to make the acquaintance of Stallone and Norris, the male marabou storks recently donated to the park by the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Pietermaritzburg. Now happily settling in to their forever home at the Centre, the birds have become a firm favourite with guests and staff alike – perhaps because of their unique appearance.

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Ornithologist David Allan set to give talk on Seabirds at Crocworld Conservation Centre

David Allan
On 11th July, Crocworld Conservation Centre will be hosting a talk entitled ‘Deep-Sea Bounty – The Magnificent Seabirds of KwaZulu-Natal’s Open Oceans’, to be delivered by ornithology expert David Allan. Allan’s talk will give guests an incredible insight into the pelagic seabirds that can be seen off our coast, and is the latest in an ongoing series of monthly environmental lectures. The lectures focus on the magnificent flora and fauna of Southern Africa, and in particular, of the South Coast. Their purpose is to instil in those that attend a greater understanding of and appreciation for the natural wonders that exist right on our very doorstep.

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The Crowned Eagle Talk

11043035_887705437937602_6026468206346884417_nShane McPherson will walk guests through a year in the life of an urban-dwelling Crowned Eagle- from nest-building to rearing newborn eaglets.

We will welcome raptor expert Shane McPherson as guest speaker, and those that attend will be treated to a rare insight into the lives of one of South Africa’s most impressive birds of prey- the Crowned Eagle. This lecture promises to be one of the Centre’s most fascinating yet, informed as it is both by Mr. McPherson’s passion for his subject, and his extensive experience in the wider field of ornithology. Before selecting Crowned Eagles as the subject of his latest research project, Mr. McPherson worked on several other bird research and conservation projects around the world.

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