FreeMe is temporarily closed and will not take in any new admissions until further notice. Please note the contact details of partner rehabilitators (PDF). We apologise for any inconveniences caused.
FreeMe is a rehabilitation center for indigenous wildlife based in the north of Johannesburg. It was founded in 1997 by a group of trained rehabilitators who realised that there was not enough organised care for indigenous wildlife.
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Suburban Wildlife Is In Crisis
Each year thousand of birds, mammals and reptiles living in gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries. Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe has filled this gap. The public can now bring wildlife to us for specialised treatment, care and rehabilitation until they can be released.
We are staffed and operated by a small full-time staff and a group of trained volunteers. The centre is open seven days from 8am to 5pm and we welcome calls from the public asking for advice and support.
FreeMe relies on members of the public to bring compromised wildlife to the centre, and for notification if there are wildlife in distress. In emergencies such as oil-spills volunteers may travel to a locality to rescue and assist wildlife.
There is no conservation without education
We strive to promote a responsible attitude to wildlife and the environment through education programmes, newsletters, publicity and advice. Volunteers continuously learn new skills and knowledge through contact with similar organisations and experts in the field. Our online FreeMe Magazine, with its ‘Kids’ Talk’ section, is designed to entertain while spreading awareness of wildlife and conservation.
We operate under an Open Permit granted by the Gauteng Department of Nature Conservation and uphold the highest standards. All indigenous wildlife is accepted and every creature, big or small, receives specialised care.
FreeMe is a self-funded registered non-profit organisation, relying solely on the generosity of the public through donations, bequests, membership, sponsorship and voluntary assistance in all aspects.
Rietfontein Nature Reserve
Region B, Zone 4 /138 Holkam Road Paulshof, Sandton
GPS: 26.01’47.6″S 28.02’21.7″E /-26.029877, 28.039357
Rietfontein Nature Reserve is about 24km north of the city of Johannesburg in the small suburb of Paulshof. This 25 hectare indigenous green space with its quartzite koppie evokes in all visitors a feeling of being in the country. (Source: City Parks and Zoo )
The reserve is home to duiker, klipspringer, blesbok, smaller mammals and a myriad of birds.
School groups are regularly hosted by JCPZ at the Education Centre and guided along a demarcated trail encircling the ridge. Groups and families complete the hike in approx. 45 minutes and often follow it up with a gas braai or picnic.
Having maintained a close working relationship with JCPZ for almost 2 decades FreeMe is afforded use of additional facilities such as meeting- and board- rooms and a 200 seater hall. These facilities are used for meetings, workshops, training and, very importantly, advancing our mission in terms of education.