In recent years South Africa has seen a dramatic increase in the keeping, breeding and trading of exotic animals and reptiles for the pet industry. The reality is that exotic animals and reptiles do not belong in captivity and should not be kept as pets.
Indigenous reptiles and tortoises require permits from Nature Conservation, and those keeping wildlife illegally will face serious legal repercussions. Should you know of anyone who is illegally keeping indigenous wildlife, please contact the National Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism on 012 399 9604. Alternatively, contact us, or your nearest SPCA.
Animals suited for rehabilitation will be taken to a rehabilitation centre and then released back into the wild, in a suitable area. Those who are unable to survive on their own due to any impairment, should be taken to a rehabilitation centre and then a reputable sanctuary.
News supplied by uMngeni SPCA.