The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Tshwane thanks every concerned member of the public that responded to the recent public and media reports about the animal welfare concerns at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (Pretoria Zoo).

Three senior SPCA Tshwane Inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Pretoria Zoo on Tuesday 13 April 2021. The Zoo management consented to a detailed inspection of all the enclosures.

  • All the large animal enclosures were inspected and occupied enclosures had provision of drinking water and other necessities;
  • All the primate enclosures were inspected and occupied enclosures had provision of drinking water and other necessities;
  • All the bird enclosures were inspected and occupied enclosures had provision of drinking water and other necessities;
  • All the smaller carnivore enclosures were inspected and all occupied enclosures had provision of drinking water and other necessities.

Many of the enclosures are empty and these will need to be properly cleaned and readied before receiving animals in these enclosures.

SPCA’s nationally believe that commercial captive wildlife facilities are unnecessary. There are a plethora of welfare concerns surrounding zoos as it is impossible to provide the five freedoms to wild animals in captivity which results in behavioural, emotional, and physical issues. Learn more about the NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit https://nspca.co.za/about-us/units/wildlife-protection-unit/

The SPCA Tshwane will continue to undertake welfare inspections at this zoo and initiate the necessary action if and when it is required.

We wish to extend our gratitude to the many caring and concerned persons who report cases of abuse. You are our eyes and ears in the community, helping us to prevent animal cruelty and neglect.

To report animal cruelty please contact our Inspectors on 012 803 5219 during office hours or 0834533863 or 0828075671 after hours. You can also email full details of the complaint to inspectors@spcapta.org.za.

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