Baby Baboon Arrival!

This is Mabel with a new baby baboon that arrived recently. "Nelson" was one of two baboons confiscated by the wildlife authorities. Unfortunately the other had to be euthanised as its forearm was chopped off, its testicles removed and its teeth pulled out.

New Baby Baboon Arrival!

We believe these animals were caught for traditional medicine use, (muti) by traditional healers, (sangomas. Very sad but hopefully we can get Nelson settled in soon. He has to have a TB test first before he can be joined with the two babies that Julie is currently taking care of.

A fourth baby is expected shortly which is coming from PE which has been confiscated by the Eastern Cape wildlife authorities. (By the way, we are the only centre that is allowed to REHABILITATE baboons, others such as AD are sanctuaries, which means they have to keep the animal for the rest of its natural life.

That is why the fourth baby is being sent to us and not for example to somewhere closer to PE such as AD).


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A baby Duiker being feed
One of the Centre team feeding a baby Duiker

A Kitten with Mabel the Monkey
A Kitten with Mabel the Monkey

Volunteer feeding a Baby Zebra
Volunteer feeding a Baby Zebra

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Volunteer Tom in the baby baboon nursery

Tom in the baby baboon nursery

Feeding bottles donated by Travellers

Feeding bottles donated by Travellers

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Centre staff using one of the Feeding Bottles that were donated to the Centre by Travellers Worldwide

Children visit the Centre

Volunteer Kimberly Underwood loved helping out with the group

Volunteer Kimberly Underwood loved helping out with the group

Children with Down syndrome or who are visually impaired visit the Rehabilitation centre on a school tour. Volunteer Kimberly Underwood loved helping out with the group.

HOME FREE CAMPAIGN - Help set them free...

The Bridge the Gap Foundation is committed to conservation programmes that strive to return rescued and orphaned wildlife back to their natural habitat. Out “Home Free” campaign promotes the needs of animals in rehabilitation that require medium to long term medical and rehabilitation care in order to return successfully to their natural environment.

You can adopt an individual animal at the Centre for as little as 50 per year…….thats less than 1 a week!!  With this donation you can get directly involved in conservation and make a difference where it counts – you can give a wild animal a future!

If you donate 50 for your adoption you will receive:

  • A biography and photo of your adopted animal
  • Regular newsletter from the Centre
  • 6 monthly update on your adopted animal and its progress
  • The personal reward of making a difference to an individual animal

Meet some of our patients in rehab care in South Africa that require sponsorship:

Robbie, the baby Baboon:

Robbie, the baby BaboonRobbie came to rehab care when he was one month old.

He was confiscated by the wildlife authorities after his mother was caught and killed for bush meat.

Robbie is now 8 months old but will remain in rehabilitation for approximately another 2 years.


Hayley, the baby Baboon:

Hayley, the baby BaboonHayley was rescued when her mother was run over and killed by a car. The baby baboon was found clinging to her mother’s body. She was kept by well meaning humans for quite some time before finally finding her way to the rehab centre.

Unfortunately due to a lack of knowledge and skills by her keepers, she is severely malnourished and requires special dietary care. Her arm and skull was also damaged in the car accident and requires ongoing medical attention.

The prognosis is that with time and dedicated care she will make a full recovery. She is now 8 months old and will spend approximately another 2 years before being released as part of a troop.

Nelson, the baby Baboon:

Nelson, the baby BaboonNelson was confiscated by the wildlife authorities from a traditional healer. Traditional healers sometimes illegally use and trade in animal parts.

A second baby baboon was found with Nelson but had to be euthanized as his forearm had been amputated, he had been castrated and his teeth had been pulled.

Fortunately Nelson was saved just in time. He is 9 months old and severely traumatised and malnourished as is evident by the condition of his coat and his size. He will also spend 2 years in rehab and joinedwith Hayley and Robbie to a troop awaiting release.

Clover, the vervet Monkey:

Clover, the vervet MonkeyClover, is a Vervet monkey, who climbed into the back of a milk delivery truck where she suffered serious injuries from being hit by a large fan. The fan sliced her head and her face leaving her with serious open wounds from her nose to her lower jaw, eyebrow, tongue and the top of her head, as well as destroying most of her bottom teeth and shattering the bones in her left hand.

She was saved by the caring truck driver who brought her to a wildlife hospital where she was operated on. She has made a miraculous recovery and is now acting as a surrogate mother to orphaned baby vervet monkeys coming into the wildlife centre.

It takes 3 years on average to build a sustainable vervet monkey troop that can be released and Clover will have to spend another two seasons at the centre as part of her new troop. Vervets can not survive in the wild if released on their own as wild troops will kill any outsiders. Ongoing funds are required to feed and care for Clover and 64 other monkeys that are in various stages of rehabilitation at the centre.

Spike, the Porcupine:

Spike, the PorcupineA train driver could not believe his eyes when he saw a baby porcupine clinging to the corpse of its mother who was laying dead on the train tracks, presumably killed by a passing train.

He passed this sight two days in a row and on the third day purposefully slowed his train in order to stop at this section of rail. He saved the baby porcupine who is now overwintering in rehab and awaiting release in the summer.

Skip, the baby Springbok

Skip, the baby SpringbokThis Skip, a baby springbok. It was found orphaned as a new born with the umbilical cord still attached on a game farm in the Eastern Cape.

It is a rare, black springbok and will be with us for about 6/7 months before being released back into the wild to live happy & free.