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KOGELBERG biosphere reserve

Helping nature during times of crisis


 Growing the economy

Protecting Nature

– Environmental education

– Securing water

– Managing resources

– Wildlife Rescue

If you live in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, you’re no stranger to disasters.

Over the past number of years, we’ve experienced the most devastating wildfires here. The impacts on people and livelihoods have been devastating.

During these crises, nature is usually at the bottom of the list of priorities.

When we lose thousands of hectares of wild environments, before nature has been able to recover from the previous onslaught, then we start facing a nature catastrophe.

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve therefore wants to take action to help now – before the next disaster strikes. And we need YOUR support.

We’ve got a plan:

We’re bringing together a team of volunteers. We’re looking at setting up a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to care for sick and injured animals – in order to release them back into the wild. And we’re getting the necessary equipment in place now, so that we’re prepared. There’s so much we can do now, such as:

  • Find an appropriate home for our Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Use this centre to set up environmental education and training opportunities
  • Receive the necessary training to safely help during disasters
  • Acquire the equipment that we need, such as Personal Protective Equipment
  • Put plans in place for disaster situations
  • Undertake rescue operations BEFORE planned burns take place
  • Work with key partners and build relations to ensure support when crises hit
  • And so much more.

Wildfires are an obvious example of threats to our wildlife in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. But these are not the only risks we face. The Overberg has been severely impacted by flooding events in recent times too. Snares are a common problem, creating extreme pain and stress for our animals. Poisoning incidents have also been recorded. And there are other events, both natural and manmade, where our natural environment is impacted, with terrible consequences.

The KBR has therefore trained a group of volunteers as Wildlife First Responders who can respond to incidents and work together with veterinarians in the area. The Biosphere is also partnering with the Cape Leopard Trust and CapeNature to set up a snare response protocol. This protocol will focus on who, how and when to respond to animals trapped in snares.

But we cannot do any of this work without you.

We need your help – please get involved:


Donate to this rescue unit. All funds raised are used to acquire the necessary equipment and to run rescue operations. Or help us find the ideal spot for our Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – where we can care for injured and sick animals, in order to release them back into the wild.

Donate equipment

  • First Aid supplies (any first aid medical supplies)
  • Medical tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Animal handling/working gloves
  • Towels (all sizes)
  • Animal food
  • Catching nets
  • Fine mesh (birds nests)
  • Spray bottles
  • Baby bottles and teats
  • Heat pads
  • Scales (handheld/kitchen)
  • Flashlights/headlamps
  • Beanies/pouches
  • Pillow cases and old sheets
  • Carrier cages (cages for transport/temporary holding cage)
  • Herbariums/fishtanks
  • Animal-carrying stretcher
  • Hacksaws/loppers
  • Buckets
  • Black bags
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Cable ties, duct tape
  • Cotton gauze and bandages

Help us set up a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre


We’re working with a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, Michelle Watson from Wildlife Rescue SA to set up a centre for animals. Michelle is one of the first people in South Africa to become certified by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Michelle is also the co-founder of the Coalition of Rehabilitation Expertise and is responsible for introducing the Wild-One system to SA.

  • Help us identify an appropriate
    space for a centre
  • Provide cages to keep the animals
  • Help us find soft release sites
  • Help us with food for our patients
  • Provide financial assistance to
    upgrade the centre
  • Help with shade cloth and hardware


Our wonderful local vets have teamed up with the Kogelberg Wildlife Rescue Group. They’ll be helping when and where they can to treat injured wildlife. If you would like to donate to the rescue work, you can donate to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Wildlife Rescue Group. Or you can donate to these vets (please use ‘Wildlife Kogelberg’ as the reference).


Dr Floris Kruger in Kleinmond
Banking Details: Southern Vet, FNB Current account: 63018363513

Dr Peter Dave in Kleinmond
Banking Details: Kleinmond Animal Clinic, Nedbank Kleinmond, Branch 147005, Account: 1470023490

Dr Michelle Lawrance in Grabouw
Banking Details: Grabouw Animal Clinic, FNB Grabouw, 62091293953

Dr Donalyn Hennessey in Villiersdorp
Banking details: Grabouw Animal Clinic, FNB Grabouw, 62091293953


You can become a volunteer. Please download and fill in the volunteer form.

The KBRC is a not-for-profit company, established in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act (2002/017057/08). We are a registered non-profit organisation, registered with the Department of Social Development. Our number is: NPO: 133-290.

We’re also a Public Benefit Organisation with SARS. Our number is PBO: 930029352.

The KBRC can therefore issue Section 18A tax exemption certificates to our donors.


How our reptiles survive winter and wildfire

How our reptiles survive winter and wildfire

How do reptiles survive during the cold winter months when there is limited sun and heat for them? In South Africa reptiles don’t actually go into hibernation during the winter months as our

Biosphere Living


If you live in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve region, you’re already enjoying Biosphere Life. That means you can already enjoy all that Mother Nature offers you here, in this incredibly special part of the world.


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