African Raptor Centre

The African Raptor Centre is a working facility dedicated to the conservation of indigenous raptors and is base to ongoing research, breeding and rehabilitation projects for birds of prey. The majority of these projects run ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure that the integrity of the wild birds is not compromised and that a high release success rate is achieved. The Centre, now based at Tala Collection Game Reserve, is also, however, home to a wide selection of captive-bred or ‘non-releasable rehabilitation’ birds of prey. These raptors can be viewed in their species specific enclosures by guest who wishes to visit and learn about South Africa’s magnificent aerial predators.

The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary opened quietly in June 2006, but was an amalgamation or a variety of projects that have been ongoing in KZN for the previous five years. Due to illegal land invasions in the Lion Park road area, the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary was forced to close its doors to the public in December of 2023. The Bred4theWild Programme,  headed up by  Shannon Hoffman, relocated to the Underberg area, where the bearded vultures are flourishing. The  African Raptor Centre has relocated to Tala Collection Game Reserve, which offers space, safety and security for the special birds in our care.

We Educate in order to Conserve.

Education about birds of prey, and the threats that they face, is an important part of raptor conservation. Research is be effective when the results of the projects are shared with the greater public. Conservation methods can be successfully implemented when people know and understand what both the raptors and related conservation projects are all about.

One of the primary roles of the African Raptor Centre is to introduce raptors, in all their magnificence, to the general public. To facilitate this, a specially trained group of raptors are flown in daily flight displays. These demonstrations allow the raptors themselves to become both teachers and ambassadors for their wild counterparts, so that members of the public can experience these normally rare and elusive birds first hand.
It is hoped that people, both young and old, and from all walks of life come away with an appreciation of South Africa’s fantastic diversity of raptor after seeing the birds first-hand.