African Dawn started as more of a family interest with the owners love of birds being a major influence throughout his life. He started taking in orphaned and injured birds and animals but as more and more came in, the sanctuary grew and in 1997 it was decided to open it's doors to the public in order to subsidize the growing cost of feeding and caring for these birds and animals.
Since then the sanctuary has continued to grow and flourish and in 2003 we started a very successful volunteer program to help look after the ever growing number of residents.
Today we host the largest aviary in the Eastern Cape as well as other beautiful spacious aviaries and enclosures.
We run a successful rehabilitation unit and in January 2015 we finished building our new rehab section which will see numerous birds and animals helped and be released where possible. In 2016 we admitted over 300 birds and animals into African Dawn.
We also have our Endangered Animals which includes our Blue Duiker and Blue and Crowned Cranes as well as our Cheetahs and Servals.
Please note we are not breeding our cheetahs or servals and those that are at the sanctuary are ambassador animals for their species that help to educate people about the difficulties these endangered animals face.
We do not allow the public any hands on or 'petting' interactions with any of our birds or animals but rather educated though information available.
Our aims and objectives:
To rescue and treat all injured or orphaned wildlife brought to our attention.
The rehabilitation of animals to their optimal level of functioning.
To provide a safe and suitable environment for birds and animals who do not have the ability to survive re-introduction into their natural habitat eg breeding or educational programs.
To play an active role in cultivating an awareness amongst the public to try and ensure a future for the conservation of wildlife.
To work in close association with nature conservation and other wildlife rescue centres.