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C.A.R.E. was founded by Rita Miljo in 1989 as a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife.  The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E.) is located on the banks of the Olifants river in Phalaborwa, in the Northern Province of South Africa.


Starting out, the centre cared for all types of injured small mammals – including bushbabies, civets, warthogs, duikers, porcupines – and reptiles and birds. The centre has grown to specialize in the care of Chacma baboons due to increasing agricultural encroachment on their natural habitat. Their main focus is now the baboons, and currently houses roughly 400 of them. C.A.R.E. is the only sanctuary in South Africa that offers long term care to orphaned and abandoned baboons.

Handshake’s Input

The Handshake’s collaboration with care is ongoing. Various promotional videos have been produced for the centre, including interviews with Rita and a film designed to attract a researcher to the project. The Handshake also produced content to raise awareness for the semango monkey.


C.A.R.E. Phalaborwa
PO Box 1937
Phalaborwa, 1390
South Africa

Tel: +27 (15) 769 6251