A chameleon crisis
It is not new information that a number of indigenous animals are sold on the sides of the road - particularly Flap-necked chameleons (Chamaeleo Dilepis). This illegal wildlife trade is ongoing en route to Sun city, and has become a concern in other areas too.
WHAT TO DO if you come across wildlife being sold:
- DON'T be part of the illegal wildlife trade, and NO NOT purchase the animal (we know it is difficult not to want to buy them, but the purchase perpetuates the problem!).
- Contact the NSPCA's Wildlife protection unit to confiscate the animal: 082 575 0241 or 071 593 6523.
This young chameleon was confiscated from illegal traders in Tarlton informal settlement, and subsequently brought to us. He was dehydrated and underweight, and after a few days of tlc and making sure that the little guy could feed himself, he was released into a safe and suitable area.
We treat indigenous wildlife, free of charge, relying on the community for donations and support.
Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ
Pics: Sr Alicia
The team behind the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet Hospital.