23 November 2022
For 34 years, the iconic call of the African Fish Eagle welcomed visitors to Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh, but when the beloved Isis died earlier this year, she left a massive void. And while she can never be replaced, the sounds of the African Fish Eagle will once again be heard around the centre as Sekhuru finds his new home at Crocworld.
“We are so happy to be welcoming Sekhuru who will be arriving from the African Bird of Prey Centre in Pietermaritzburg,” said Ryne Ferguson, Crocworld Conservation Centre Bird Curator. “His right wing was badly injured when he collided with an aerial cable and had to be partially removed – including the wing tip with the primary feathers. Just like Isis, he is unable to fly again but he will find a very happy home at Crocworld, taking up his spot in the enclosure once home to Isis.”
The African Fish Eagle is found throughout southern Africa and is the national bird of both Zimbabwe and Zambia. They have an extensive wingspan reaching 2 metres which is perfect for swooping down to catch fish from freshwater with their sharp talons. As apex species, the African Fish Eagle is a good indicator of the quality of local water systems with their presence ensuring the lower levels of the ecosystem are healthy.
Sekhuru will join some 200 resident bird species at Crocworld including the Cape Vultures and Booted Eagles. The centre is also home to a variety of indigenous and exotic reptile species, with the on-site animal farm a great place for youngsters to pet bunnies, guinea pigs and more! There are daily crocodile feedings and talks at 11am and 3pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Crocworld is committed to conservation in all its efforts. The centre is a member of Species360, an international organisation which facilitates information collection from some 1 200 aquarium, zoo, university, research and governmental facilities worldwide across 99 countries on six continents. Species360 members curate the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), the world’s most comprehensive database of knowledge on more than 22 000 species. Through its Species360 membership, Crocworld forms part of the global fight against extinction using optimal animal husbandry standards and practices.
Get to Crocworld to meet Sekhuru and find out more about the incredible work being done by the team. Visitors can also check out the African Fish Eagle before heading to The Fish Eagle Café for a great meal, a drink, and an ocean view – with migrating whales a regular sighting! They’re running a November Monday special of pan-fried liver and onion served with mash and gravy for just R50.
And keep an eye out for the festive season holiday programme which will be announced soon!
For more on Crocworld and its events, visit www.crocworld.co.za, ‘Crocworld Conservation Centre’ on Facebook or call 039 976 1103. Contact Fish Eagle Café, call 083 658 7073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.