A Fun Fact!
The Pearl-spotted Owlet is called the “Witkoluil” in Afrikaans and “iNkovana” in Zulu.These little owls are often out and about during the day and have a ‘false face’ pattern on the back of their heads to try and confused potential predators. These two black ‘eye-spots’ give the impression that the owl is always looking at you!
To see the “eyes” at the back of my head, hang your mouse over me!
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Our Raptor Rookies
We like you to meet some awesome kids who care about birds of prey and are part of our team:
Kathryn Volunteers while on holidays when she comes down to Durban with her family from Pretoria. Her favourite raptors are the African Fish Eagle and the Bearded Vulture. She loves nature and hopes to one day study Veterinary Science.
Armando is extremely passionate about birds and one day hopes to be a falconer as they are his favourite birds. He is full of questions and will always be the first to spot a wild bird flying overhead.
Aphiwe is our youngest current volunteer! He joins us enthusiastically on weekends and can always be seen keeping an eye on the happenings of the sanctuary.
Vultures have a really important job. They are the clean-up crew and because they eat dead things they help stop the spread of disease and make the world less stinky. People think that because vultures get dirty when they scavenge that they are dirty birds. This is not true, because in fact they bath after every meal. Do you bath after every meal? Ask your parents to bring you at lunch-time on the weekend to come and see the vultures gobble and squabble during their feeding sessions.