Madeline Krasno wrote -C.A.R.E. (Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education) is non-profit sanctuary in Phalaborwa, South Africa, situated near Kruger National Park, that specializes in the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured chacma baboons. Rita Miljo founded the sanctuary in 1989, dedicating her life to caring for wildlife. The sanctuary houses approximately 500 baboons at any time, but has also helped different species in need. Threats to the baboons include, but are not limited to, habitat destruction, poaching, and the illegal pet trade. It is most often the poaching of baboon mothers that results in orphaned and helpless infants requiring the sanctuary’s care. C.A.R.E. has also taken in baboons retired from research labs, allowing them to live the rest of their lives in peace.
The sanctuary is hoping to extend its animal care efforts by providing support and education to children at surrounding schools. In addition to helping rehabilitate and care for the sanctuary’s baboons, I will be piloting the sanctuary’s expansion as Education and Outreach Coordinator. My responsibilities will include establishing educational materials for children of all ages, leading lessons based on these educational materials, and training sanctuary volunteers to assist me. The lessons will be focused on teaching basic environmental, anti-poaching, and animal welfare concepts, as well as improving English language skills.
I am graduating this May from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Zoology and Child Development. This June, I will be leaving for a three-month stay in South Africa. My position may be extended for up to one year depending on the sanctuary’s funding. Because the sanctuary is a non-profit, it relies entirely on donations from concerned individuals, volunteers, and animal welfare groups.
My success with the position is directly affected by the funding I can accumulate for classroom supplies and transportation. Any donation would be used exclusively for the purchase and creation of educational materials and transportation to area schools. My hope is to use my two fields of knowledge to make a difference in both the lives of the children and the lives of the baboons. I am grateful for a donation of any amount to help me expand the sanctuary’s efforts to educate the next generation about the importance of animal conservation and environmental preservation.
In July of 2012, Rita Miljo passed away in a tragic fire that claimed both her life and the life of the sanctuary’s oldest baboon, the one who had inspired Rita to create the centre. Please help me and the sanctuary’s dedicated staff continue Rita’s efforts and create a world where humans and animals can peacefully coexist.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Ghandi