Owl Rescue Centre

Volunteer Program

Owl House Project

Owl Rescue Centre provides safe breeding sites for owls, by erecting Owl Houses in which certain owl species will nest, as a solution to the loss of natural habitat and nesting spots in urban development. 


The Owl Houses are helping to grow the owl population in suburbs, creating a

natural solution to rodent control.




Barn Owls can have anything between 4 and 8 owlets in a breeding season and Spotted Eagle Owls typically have between 2 and 4 owlets at a time. 


Owlets can eat up to 5 rodents per nightwhich means that 8 owlets can eat 40 rodents every evening. Having one breeding pair in anarea can reduce the rodent population significantly in a community troubled by rats.

Owl-friendly Rat Trap

After extensive research Owl Rescue Centre found that there is no rodent poison on the market that guarantee not to cause secondary poisoning in owls. 


The chemicals used to control rodents are being found in the livers of owls and are causing the deaths of an alarming quantity of birds of prey. The chemicals cause metabolic disruption and damage to tiny blood vessels, resulting in internal bleeding and ultimately death.


Owl Rescue Centre realized an alternative eco-friendly solution is required in order to convince the public not to use harmful chemicals.


Owl Rescue Centre designed a humane Owl-friendly Rat Trap to assist owls with rodent control.




The Owl-friendly Rat Trap is designed primarily to catch rats without killing or harming them. Food bait (not poisoned) is placed inside the cage part of the Rat Trap to lure the rodents to the trap. The rat or mouse enters the Rat Trap through a trap door to get to the bait. The rodent is caught alive and without injury; it is trapped with a supply of water and food. When you see a rodent in your trap, you can contact the Owl Rescue Centre to collect the rats to use as food for the owls in the rehabilitation centre. The collection of rats is a free service that the Owl Rescue Centre offers to those who make use of the Owl-friendly Rat Traps.

Owls have a very high mortality rate due to the dangers they encounter, especially as a result of urbanization.


Owls suffer secondary poisoning from poisoned rats, they are hit by cars while hunting on the roads, used for ‘Muti’ or simply killed out of

fear and unwarranted suspicion. 


These are all causes for a vulnerable owl population.

Education

Owl Rescue Centre creates awareness among communities helping them to understand that owls share our natural habitat and play an important role in the ecological system - keeping the rodent population under control. 


Owl Rescue Centre’s education is aimed to give insight to the

misconceptions people have about owls and to inform them that owls pose no threat to human beings.


Owl Rescue Centre’s education is based on the principle of respect for all living creatures, no matter how big or small, they each serve a purpose in our interconnected and interdependent existence.