Baye started Free to be Wild because of a promise made to a young baboon.
Zimbabwe is home to lion, elephant, painted dogs and many endangered animals we expect to find in Africa. The infamous killing of Cecil the lion happened outside of Hwange National Park on the north western side of the country. Each year thousands of tourists come to experience the African bush and all the diverse species found here.
However, despite the attention wildlife gets, many injured, orphaned or confiscated animals and birds have nowhere to go. Nowhere to get nurtured back to full health and released into the wild for a second chance at living free. With the constant decline of wildlife species, large and small, something simply had to change.
When an orphaned young baboon showed up on Baye’s door step, although at 22 she had other plans, destiny was calling. She listened and the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, Free To Be Wild, was born.
Within two years Baye secured six acres of land in Bulawayo, in the south western part of Zimbabwe, cleaned it up, fenced it in and started building enclosures and safe places for the animals, birds and other critters that began arriving almost immediately.
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Without any government funding or sponsorship from the large wildlife conservation organizations Baye and her team rely heavily on public donations. Incoming animals, birds, primates and even bull frogs often need medical attention, always need food and shelter… for anywhere from a day to several months, until they are ready to be released back into the wild. This all costs money. Saving endangered animals and all those creatures in need of help costs money.
A few of the temporary residents we met during our last visit to Free To Be Wild.
Baye’s rehabilitation facility is not about keeping these animals in captivity. Some wildlife centers actually do this to show them off to the public to make money from paying visitors. Baye is about getting these wild animals and birds back into the wild as soon as possible.
Because Baye doesn’t use the wildlife at her center to make money she needs help from people like us to pay for their food and shelter.
How we assisted most recently with the rescue of two Serval Cats
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