Time to give a hoot! Crocworld re-launches its monthly talks with a bang

5 August 2022

With visitor restrictions by the wayside, Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh is excited to announce that its popular monthly talks are back! To get the ball rolling, the centre has welcomed FreeMe Wildlife specialists who will provide an insightful talk on owls on Saturday, 27 August at 9am.


Founded in 2007, FreeMe Wildlife is a trauma and rehabilitation facility in the KZN midlands, attending to all wild animals in need. Experienced staff which includes specialists and volunteers, run the centre and provide quality care in the best interest of the animals, no matter how big or small.


“It’s been wonderful having visitors back at Crocworld Conservation Centre and we’re delighted to be relaunching the monthly talks that give insight into the incredible animals that reside in the area,” said Crocworld’s Bird Curator, Ryne Ferguson. “Mojo, our late resident eagle owl, was such a popular addition to the centre, we felt that an owl-focused talk would be a great way to start the new series. These are such interesting birds, and with so many species now threatened, it’s important that we all learn a bit more about them and what we can do to support them.”


The August presentation will welcome FreeMe Wildlife’s CEO, Wade Whitehead, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the wildlife industry. Whitehead started his career managing conservation areas, to trail guiding, lodge management, game farm management and wildlife rehabilitation. He is an entrepreneur at heart, with a vision for building and developing small businesses and organisations to best practice standards. He took over as CEO at FreeMe Wildlife in 2016, and under his management has built the organisation to a world-class standard.


He will be joined by FreeMe Wildlife’s resident Raptor Specialist, Finances and Development Officer, Tammy Caine. She has been working with birds of prey since 2006, involved in captive management, training, research, and rehabilitation. Since 2015, she has become more involved in public education, and presents several talks and courses on various aspects of bird of prey conservation, as well as managing the Owl Box Project.


Crocworld August Talk Details


Date: Saturday, 27 August

Time: 9am

Cost: R80 per person which includes the talk, entrance into Crocworld and breakfast at Fish Eagle Café. Bookings are essential.

Bookings: Morné van Zyl on 083 658 7073

Don't miss out, it’s going to be a hoot!


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 mvanzyl@cbl.co.za.


Crocworld Conservation 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.