Tenikwa is a non-profit, conservation-orientated organisation that rehabilitates wild animals and raises awareness about the impact that habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and unsustainable practices is having on South Africa’s indigenous wildlife
In 2007, Tenikwa opened a Wildlife Awareness Centre with the objective to raise awareness of our philosophy and provide a sustainable form of funding for our rehabilitation facilities. Using Tourism as a platform gives this vital conservation effort exposure to many thousands of people who visit The Garden Route, South Africa, each year. We practice Responsible Tourism principles and support sustainable business practices. We employ more than 30 permanent staff members from our local community contributing significantly to the economy of our area.
The iconic indigenous cats of South Africa assist us to raise awareness about their plight being a good example of species impacted by human influence and attracting visitors to our centre. It is important to Tenikwa, that visitors experience our animals in a natural setting, not only to highlight the importance of protecting the wild spaces which they live in, but also to allow our animals to express as much natural behaviour as possible. The animals that we use for our awareness program are not releasable, and it is our duty to ensure that they live a fulfilled life in captivity. Our Animal Husbandry Protocols have been developed to keep our animals physically fit and psychologically healthy, and one aspect of a visit to Tenikwa which is consistently remarked upon is how content our cats are.
We offer a variety of programmes catering for all ages and fitness levels with a focus on providing informative conservation-based tours that are educational and enriching for guests and our animals. Time frames vary between 1 hour tours offered right throughout the day, to more exclusive leisurely programmes.
Wild Cat Experience
EcoKidz Family Challenge
Cats in Conservation
Tenikwa adheres to a strict code of conduct to ensure that visitors experience a safe, conservation-based wildlife encounter that exceeds global animal welfare standards. We do not allow guest contact with our cats. All our programs offer a unique opportunity to learn about wildlife’s struggle, why they are disappearing from our landscape and what we can do to make a difference.
“Come with an Open Mind, Tread with a Lighter Step and Leave with a Change of Heart”
See our website for more information…www.tenikwa.com
Non Profit Organisation NPO#142-728