Fauna

The Balgowan area is still home to quite a number of wild animals. This includes Birds. The bulk of the wild animals are nocturnal and therefor exposed to the danger of traffic  on our roads at night times.

  • We undertake an annual night count of wildlife and the results of this count, over many years, are available from the Conservancy committee.
  • We assisted a student is his post-graduate studies on mongooses in our area.
  • Assistance for wild animals in distress can be sourced from FreeMe in Howick. Their details are:
    • Karkloof Road, Howick. Telephone+27 (0)33 330 3036 freemekzn.co.za
    • FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN was established in 2006 in response to the growing need for a dedicated Centre which could care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in KZN midlands.Since then FreeMe has grown in reputation and now has permits from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for the rehabilitation of all wildlife in the area, including Threatened or Protected Species. FreeMe can handle nearly all the rehabilitation requirements of the area, handling between 800 and 1 000 cases per year. They run a 24/7 emergency call out service and cover large distances, with the associated travel costs.
    • Opening Hours are 08h00 to 16h00 weekdays and 08h00 to 12h00 weekends for the public.
    • FreeMe are open 24/7 for admittances and collections and have a permanent staff member at the centre.
    • FreeMe take scholars for community service during their working hours.
  • Bees also needs to be protected and this may require the relocation of a swarm that has nested in infrastructure to close to humans. To assist with this go to http://kznbeefarmersassociation.co.za/services/bee-removals/ where you will find a couple of telephone numbers from people that can relocate swarms of bees.