On Wednesday 10th February 2016, the FreeMe interns in collaboration with American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) , spent the afternoon picking up litter in the Rietfontein Nature Reserve.
Litter collected included glass, wire, tins and bailing twine. The cleanup was essential to prevent any of the wildlife from being injured and to preserve the integrity of the environment.
Afterwards Karien Schmidt, Animal Rehabilitator at FreeMe, discussed the importance of removing litter and the risk it holds to our indigenous wildlife. She mentioned examples of cases that were admitted at the center in the past where animals were negatively affected by e.g human hair and twine cutting off circulation to limbs in birds. She also mentioned that litter is a global threat to animals giving examples of gulls and whales that had died after ingesting plastic and other non-digestible waste materials. The interns and students were encouraged to collect litter, not just on the reserve but where ever they go.
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