Tammy Caine, Manager of the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre will be delivering a talk entitled “Vultures in Crisis” on Saturday 11 February 2017, at Crocworld Conservation Centre, as part of the Centre’s monthly lecture series. Join Caine on her discussion about these incredible, yet often misunderstood creatures, which are highly endangered.
Her presentation at the lecture series will cover an overview of the nine resident vulture species, highlighting which of the species are now critically endangered and the reasons why. It will also draw attention to how important vultures are in the health of any ecosystem, and emphasize why there is a need for active collaboration between conservation bodies in order to ensure their future survival.
Caine will also discuss organisations in KZN currently working on vulture research and conservation, including Crocworld Conservation Centre and the visions her organisation has, going forward for the captive breeding and release programme.
Crocworld Conservation Centre has introduced a vulture project whereby any vultures which have been rehabilitated by Raptor Rescue, but cannot survive in the wild, will be housed at the centre. Crocworld’s first resident is Horace, an endangered Cape Vulture which was recovered from Underberg in 2016, after a collision with a power line.
“We are very excited about having Tammy Caine as part of our lecture series, especially since Crocworld and Raptor Rescue will be working collaboratively on this vulture project,” said Martin Rodrigues, manager of Crocworld Conservation Centre.
Caine, the daughter of an ex-game ranger and wildlife rehabilitator, is passionate about the organisation she manages. “Working with wildlife is very much a passion for me,” said Caine.
After completing her Diploma in Nature Conservation, she worked at the African Birds of Prey Sanctuary for five years, doing education and public flying displays with birds of prey. Thereafter she pursued her interest in animal training and behavior, where she became an explosive detection dog trainer.
For the past three years, Caine has been actively involved with Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre, a Pietermaritzburg-based non-profit organization, dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of birds of prey.
“Apart from the daily administrative tasks at the clinic, and hands-on work with the patients, I am also actively involved with many of the research and community education projects that Raptor Rescue supports,” added Caine.
Come and join Tammy Caine for an informative talk on endangered vultures like Horace. Tickets for Caine’s talk will cost R75 per adult and R35 for pensioners and scholars. Registration and welcoming will begin from 8:30am and the talk will commence at 9:00am. Tickets will entitle guests to complimentary teas/coffees, as well as access to the Crocworld Conservation Centre’s world of aviaries, crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles. Spend the day exploring the vast grounds which include the Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery and the Le Rendez-Vous Restaurant.
To ensure availability, tickets for the talk must be reserved in advance. For bookings, contact Nolean Allun at Crocworld Conservation Centre on 039 976 1103 or 083 654 9651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Account Details: Crocworld (Crookes Brothers Limited) Banking Details: FNB, Branch: Scottburgh, Branch Code: 220227, Account Number: 53640119111. Please fax the proof of payment to 039 978 3279.
For more information about Crocworld Conservation Centre, visit www.crocworld.co.za, @CrocworldCC on Twitter, or Crocworld Conservation Centre on Facebook.