Creating owl friendly children, who go on to be owl friendly adults, living within owl friendly environments.


The 3D owl Prototype gets introduced to the school teachers.

Date: 08 August 2019.

Location: Alexandra Township, South Africa.


ANNUAL OWL ART - Introducing the prototype 3D owl puzzle to our wonderful school teachers in Alexandra township today and they think it's beautiful and cannot wait to start working on it. This art project goes well with the Art and culture school curricula and adds value to children's creative skills.
We have 5 units sponsored so far and 45 more to go. Please help these schools by sponsoring a unit or two at R500.00 each. To sponsor a unit, please follow the link - 
The schools are looking forward to your support.
You will be given credit for your sponsorship.


Creating young scientists.

Date: 07 August 2019.

Location: St Katharines School, South Africa.

The girls showed a lot of excitement dissecting the owl pellets at the St Katharine’s School. They also got to learn about owl's food chain and how the pellets were produced. It's fun, it's educational and tailored to fit the school curricula.
Would you like us to visit your school? Please email
Without education, there can be no conservation.
#OwlsEatRats #GiveAHoot


Date: 02 August 2019.

Location: Glen Montessori School, Gauteng South Africa.

A wonderful morning at the Gen Montessori School teaching the children about the importance of providing an alternative roosting site for the owls. The children Joined the EcoSolutions team on the day to see how the box installed and all the questions on why the house has to go on the tree were answered.

We love educating kids!

Give A Hoot!  

Giving to the community in celebration of the International Owl Day.

Date: 02 August 2019.

Location: Katlehong, Gauteng, South Africa.

Kathehong is one of the townships that have a healthy owl population in Gauteng triggered by the food source availability known as RATS.

Mirriam who is a a qualified animal training administrator from the NSPCA contacted after she has realised that a Spotted Eagle Owl loves roosting in her property. Mirriam used to have a problem with rats eating wires inside the ceiling, car and also putting holes in her door. However, the rat problem started to subside  when she noticed there is an owl that loves siting in her home. on this day we went to Mirriam's home to install a Spotted Eagle Owl Box to provide an alternative roosting site to try and keep the owl in the area.

Please watch the youtube video below to find out more.


Date: 08 July 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.


IMPACT ONE AT A TIME- After educating the children of Ndumo during the school holidays. 60 women from the community also got the chance to learn about owls and dissect owl pellets. It’s always thought to be difficult to educate old people but the response here was impeccable. Education is key and without education there can be no conservation.
Creating owl friendly Communities

Owls Eat Rats.

We still need your support. To make a donation to this programme please click the link below



Date: 06 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.


DIY OWL BOXES- Beautiful morning with our 37 owl ambassadors from Makhana Primary School in Ndumo. The learners got to learn about the importance of providing roosting sites for owls. They will therefore construct permanent structures at school to provide homes for the Barn Owls (Tyto alba) within the school premises.



Date: 04 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.


RECYCLING PROJECTS FOR OWLS AND OTHER BIRDLIFE- DIY owl art decor ideas and hanging bird feeders made of recycled bottles made by our new 78 ambassadors from Thelamama Primary School and St Phillips Primary School in Ndumo.
In collaboration with The Ndumo Community Project and the students from Tshwane University of Technology - TUT. We have educated the children about the importance of keeping the area clean and reduce waste pollution by re-using plastic and cardboard boxes.
The learners also got to learn why they have owls within their homes and the role they play within the environment.




Date: 03 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.


OWLS IN SCHOOLS- After a great session with the Maphindela Primary School learners, the headmaster told us that they have a lot of owls within the school and the children were afraid of them. After sitting in for the informative talk now they are aware why they have owls within their school.
We then decided to go for pellet hunting within the school and WOW! what a treasure.
The teacher also showed us their vegetable garden and she was more thankful that the owls are controlling the rats within the school and protecting their vegetables.
These children will be owl owl ambassadors from today on they have promised to protect, to love and care for the owls.
We would like to have 4 owl boxes donated to the school and provide nests for the owls. If anyone would like to help. Please email us on
Without conservation, there can be no conservation.

Working in collaboration with the Ndumo Community Project and Tshwane University of Technology to make a difference.

#Owlsinschools #OwlsofKZN #Education #OwlsOfNdumo #OwlFriendlySchools



Date: 02 July 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

32 owl ambassadors from Emunywana Primary school today and counting. The children have created some more owl hanging mobiles after sitting in and learning about the importance and benefits of owls. They also had the opportunity to go for a game drive and see some animals within the reserve.


Date: 01 July 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

Modumisa Primary School Gives A Hoot: Our new 37 owl Ambassadors promised to protect the owls, care and teach others that owls eat rats. After dropping them off they, sang the Eco-Warrior song in excitement. Most of these children cross the Mozambique boarder on a daily basis just to attend school and yesterday they got to learn a lot about owls and dissected the owl pellets.

Video on Facebook.


Date: 29 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

The camp got up and ready at 4h30 am in preparation for the day and ready to fetch the children from Khume and Magedula Primary School near the border of Swaziland. Most of the children going to this school reside in swaziland and cross the border on a daily basis to get to school. Winter is here and a lot of people are already on the road coming back to fetch water from the rivers. Riding along on the dusty and rocky roads of Ndumo, we do anything possible to help and protect nature and the children who live with poverty and depend on the natural environment. It is very important that they know how to care for the land they live in and use their resources in a sustainable manner.

We arrived at the school and found the children waiting for us outside the gate along with their school teacher. What an interesting day it was!

We then arrived at the Ndumo EE Center and found everyone ready with their set up for the day. We carry on with the team building exercise. We could already see the joy on their faces and shows that they love being there.

The puppet show began and the children love it, what a great initiative by TUT! gave an owl talk and during this talk there were some questions from the teacher. He said '' there are some common owl calls that we eventually get used to, but suddenly we start hearing a new call that sounds different within the neighborhood" He though perhaps the new owl is sent by witches until he actually learnt that same as humans, the female and owl calls are different"

The children dissected owl pellets. They also painted some owl hanging mobiles which they will take back home and then school after school holidays.

Without education, there can be no conservation. 


Date: 28 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

Embadleni primary school had a very informative talk today from Derrine and Michelle from the Tshwane university of Technology. The Students from TUT conducted the owl talk today and the pellet dissection on their owl and educated 38 owl ambassadors and eco warriors from Ndumo Village in KZN.

Same as the other children from Bekabantu and Ziphosheni, the beliefs are not different, it seems the mythological beliefs about owls are common amongst the children. After the talk, the children gear up with masks and gloves to dissect the owl pellets. They seemed so captivated and interested in what they are doing, they place bones on the Rat Skeleton Key and some of them try to find out what rodent species are there inside the pellets.

All the dissected pellets are collected and placed labelled per school so that they can later be stored in the National owl diet database.

Questions from the children:

Why is it that i could not find a head inside my pellet?

Why did I find most bones similar in my pellet.

Where do pellets come from.

...and all their questions were answered :)


Date: 27 June 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

It's in the early hours of the morning at the Ndumo Game reserve, preparations for today's group are in order and off we go to Mpolipolini Primary School. its 7h30 and the children are already at the school gate waiting for us to collect them.

But wait, first of all we see a lady inside the school fetching water from the tank with a 20 liter bucket. Cheryl greets her with excitement and then we help her carry the water. We then follow her only to find a gorgeous vegetable garden with some innovative structures made of bamboo reeds and plastics to keep the chickens away and protect the vegetables from being eaten.

We then wait for the children to climb in to the cars and off to Ndumo EE Centre we go!

Together with the students from TUT, they do some team building games with the children, they do a treasure hunt to find the topic for the day (almost everything done during the programme is a routine but with different outcomes and experiences)


Date: 26 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

42 children from Ziphosheni Primary School joined us today at the Ndumo EE Centre to learn more about owls and Plastic Pollution. To make the lessons interesting, the students from TUT conducted a puppet show that had powerpoint visuals. The puppets actually speak to the children and ask them questions about owls and impacts that are cause by plastic within the environment.


After sitting in the auditorium for the talk, the children then go on to dissect the owl pellets to find out what the owls have eaten. Some children did have an idea that owls eat rats, however they were not certain. The children were delighted to dress up and look like scientists with gloves and masks, they hold their tweezers and begin to dig in to the pellets, find the bones and use the rat skeleton key to identify the bones. At this point everyone wanted to find a Skull! Each one of them call me to have a look. "Look I have found a Skull. look at the teeth"

They have learned that we have something in common with the rats which is bones and of course a skull. They most fascinating realisation thing about the lesson was when they actually learned that the pellets are regurgitated.

The children carried on and made some painted owl masks using cardboard box as well as the stationery holders, they use colourful paints to draw and decorate the items they have created through the recycling projects. The children were taught how to reduce plastic pollution by reusing the plastic bottles.


Date: 25 June 2019.

Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.


Sihangwane Primary school is situated in Mgungi we Ndlovu which is 15-20 km away from the Ndumo Game Reserve. Its during school holidays and winter is upon us. On our arrival at the school, children came running towards the car while others are being collected from doe to door by their school teacher and our crew from TUT. Three vehicles loaded with 52 children and off we go to the Ndumo EE Centre.

We arrived at the Environmental Education Centre and began with the teach building exercises in order to create a friendly environment. The children then had their breakfast then the lessons of the day are introduced through a treasure hunt. The main topics during the Ndumo School Holiday Programme 2019 were Plastic Pollution and Owl Conservation.

During the educational owl programme with the children, we started with a Q and A, the children were asked questions about what they know about owls in order to find out what exactly encourages their fear towards owls.

Some of the children believed that owls are spiritual animals sent by witches and sent to listen to what they say at home then informs the witch so that whatever is planned doesn't happen or succeed. began to explain why owls behave the way they do of which a lot of people do not understand. The children then dissected the owl pellets through guidance and help from the TUT students together with

The most rewarding part about the owl educational talk session is that the childrens mindset was never the same after being exposed to the knowledge and learning about owls. The children had a lot of questions in the end and mostly amused by the number of rats the barn owl family can eat in a year.

Owling in Ndumo KwaZulu-Natal - BEKABANTU GIVES A HOOT!

Date: 24 June 2019.
Location: Ndumo Environmental Education Centre, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.

32 owl Ambassadors for the day and 12 more schools to go. Most of these children walk about 15 km on a daily basis to attend school and today they woke up very early to meet with us at the Ndumo Environmental Education Centre to learn about the importance of owls and dissect owl pellets.

An owl talk was delivered by and the students from Tshwane University of Technology TUT linked the dangers of using poison within the environment and how it affects owls through a puppet show. 

The learners thoroughly enjoyed the programme and evidently saw that owls eat rats by dissecting the owl pellets. Indeed without education, there can be no conservation.
We still need help with the donations for 600 Junior Scientist Kits go give the children of Ndumo, please click the link to make a donation towards the Ndumo owl programme.…

Thank you for your support. #owlinginndumo #owlseatrats


We love the SPCA's

Date: 10 June 2019.
Location: Gemiston SPCA and Alberton SPCA.

We've had an adventurous day putting up owl boxes to provide nests for the owls that roam within the Gemiston an Alberton SPCA within the Ekurhuleni area.

Tarryn and Kingston were delighted to know that has come to their rescue and the rat problem within their property will soon come to an end.The owl box will provide shelter for owls, which will be beneficial to the clinic as owls are birds of prey feeding on rodents- rats.

Please click the links to read the full articles

Alberton Records.

Germiston City News

HoO HoO for the World Environment Day!

Date: 05 June 2019.
Location: St Peters Prep Schools, Gauteng.


GIVE A HOOT- In Celebration of World Environment Day. We educated 466 children from St Peter's Girls Prep and St Peter's Boys Prep School about the importance and benefits of owls. They got to learn about the dangers of using rat poison, the special features which enable them to hunt, how they live, the types of species and a whole lot more.
These children will grow up to be owl friendly children living within owl friendly environments.

There is no conservation without education.#owls #owlEducation #PoisonFree


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Date: 04 June 2019.
Location: Darrenwood Retirement Village, Gauteng.


AWESOME NEWS - Remember the Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) that was picked up at Darrenwood Retirement Village last month and diagnosed with Trichomoniasis? It has now recovered and released back to @Dareenwood Retirement Village.

Click the here to see the post. 

As our first prize, we always ensure that owls return to their territorial sites. We placed a SAFring (identification ring) number: 890053 and successfully release it back to its territory.
We are rapidly approaching the Spotted Eagle Owl breeding season and hope the owl will find a partner to breed with.
Thank you Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital for taking care of this majestic bird.

TRICHOMONIASIS has nothing on our owls!If you ever see an owl that looks sick, please let us know and we will ensure that it lives.

We do pro-bono work and solely rely on donations to help with our daily trips. If you would like to help, please click the link or see the banking details below. We will thank you kindly.

GivenGain.Bank: Nedbank Branch Name: Central Gauteng Account Number:1120438225 Branch Code: 12840500 Account Type:Nedbank Current Account Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ#owlseatrats #Giveahoot #loveOwls


Annual Grass Owl Count.

Date: 28 May 2019.
Location: Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa.


OWL IN A CHIMNEY - A couple of months ago we had a call from Mr Chautsane about Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in his ceiling. We went through to help and installed an owl box on his property for the Barn Owls to use - Click here.
AWESOME NEWS - The owls are still around! Unfortunately, the one owl flew in to the chimney and got stuck. Mr Chautsane immediately called for help. We responded, checked for any possible injuries and placed the owl inside the owl box for the day.

Mr Chautsane has such luck with owls🙂#GiveAHoot #OwlsinAlex #OwlsEatRats



All the work we do is pro-bono, we are calling out for donations to help us with these trips, especially in terms of the fuel costs. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.

 For GivenGain click here. Bank: NedbankBranch Name: Central GautengAccount Number: 1120438225Branch Code: 12840500Account Type: Nedbank Current AccountSwift Code: NEDSZAJJ


Annual Grass Owl Count With GDARD.

Date: 22 May 2019.

Location: Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa.


Annual Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) and Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) count with Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development team at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.

We have had an adventurous morning with a team from the Sukerbosrand Nature Reserve and Craig Whittington Jones from the GDARD this morning. We conducted an Annual Grass Owl Count withing the reserve to find out how many Grass Owls and Marsh Owls are withing the area for 2019. We managed to find 26 roosting sites as well as 6 nests of which one had a newly hatched marsh owl chick.

The Grass owl and Marsh owl habitats are mostly threatened by fire and monitoring these birds helps us come up with best conservation methods to protect them.

Barn Owl Breeding Season upon us!


Date: 17 May 2019.


Location:, Lifestyle Garden Centre.


It's Barn Owl breeding Season and we have a lot of mouths to feed at
A simple donation will help us make a difference in caring for more of these owlets until they fledge. These owlets will be released back into their area through our School Release Programme to tackle the rodent population.
To make a donation Please see the details below.
Bank: Nedbank
Branch Name: Central Gauteng
Account Number: 1120438225
Branch Code: 12840500
Account Type: Nedbank Current Account
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ


OWLS IN THE ROOF - Thank you SANDTON SPCA for the prompt referral!


Date: 17 May 2019.

Location: Greensleeves Body Corporate, Johannesburg Gauteng.

You may not be aware but owls don’t have the ability to build their own nests. Barn Owls (Tyto alba) are well known for their association with buildings due to the lack of breeding sites in the area. A breeding pair of Barn Owls will use the same roosting site annually to lay their eggs and raise their young.

We received a call from the Green Sleeves Body Corporate which lies 2.9km away from Alexandra Township. This township is well known for its rodent infestation. A stunning breeding pair of Barn Owls had occupied the roof in one of the buildings within the complex. The owls had to be moved into an owl box due to the noise and smell from the accumulated pellets.


We are currently in Barn Owl breeding season and the adult male owls are looking for the perfect partner to breed with. In this regard, the challenge now will be for the male to find a suitable site for the female to lay her eggs and raise her clutch. Barn Owls prefer dark, secluded and flat surfaces. The female owl will crush the pellets to make a bedding to lay her eggs on. 

THE OWLS WERE SUCCESSFULLY RELOCATED FROM THE ROOF AND RINGED. ensures that all the owls get identification rings placed on them. The SAFrings that we use are supplied by the University of Cape Town. Each ring has a unique number which contributes valuable information and helps us with our research. When rings are recovered, we are able to track the owl’s distance fledged, age and life span.

We placed SAFrings on the pair of Barn Owls and closed all the entry points on the roof. 


A Barn Owl box was installed on a tree next to the house for the Barn Owls. We then placed the owls inside the box for them to use as an alternative breeding site. This is well within their territory and does not compromise the owls.

All the owl boxes installed within townships are monitored and checked every six months. We ensure that the owlets have fledged successfully and also check if they are still occupied by the breeding pair. 

Education is the most important pillar of our project. With every owl box installed, education is delivered as a way to debunk myths and bring appreciation for wildlife.




Date: 13 May 2019.
Location: Darrenwood Village, Johannesburg Gauteng.


TRICHOMONIASIS- We received a call this morning about an injured Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) at Darrenwood Retirement Village that had it's one eye closed. The owl had apparently hit a pole when he tried to fly away then sat in the garden. 


We immediately went on site to collect the Spotted Eagle Owl at took him straight to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital. The senior rehabber Michelle and Hellen who is also a rehabber performed a diagnostic test under a microscope and found that he is actually infected with Trichomoniasis.
As we are heading towards the Spotted Eagle Owl breeding season. We are looking forward to his recovery so that we can put a SAFring (identification ring) on him and release him back to his territory.


To find out more about Trichomoniasis. Click the link to find out-

All the work we do is pro-bono, we are calling out for donations to help us with these trips, especially in terms of the fuel costs. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.…
Bank: Nedbank
Branch Name: Central Gauteng
Account Number: 1120438225
Branch Code: 12840500
Account Type: Nedbank Current Account
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ


There is no conservation without education.

Date: 07 May 2019.

Location: Protea Glen Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN- Well done Boitumelo for taking action, is very proud of you.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) breeding season has just begun and owls are currently looking for nesting cavities.

Boitumelo Makgeledise and Phemelo Makgeledise from Protea Glen in Soweto noticed an adult Barn Owl in their yard on broad daylight and it was just when they were about to put their laundry on the washing line. Boitumelo quickly jumped on Google and frantically called

OUR FIRST PRIZE🏆- Leave the owls in place and educate the people at home.

Our project coordinator (Delina Chipape) immediately gave her a video call to calm her down and asked her to walk past the owl towards the washing line to hang her laundry.
Boitumelo trusted her and she did exactly as instructed. No harm was done to her or the owl. Boitumelo also got to learn more about the Barn Owls of which she will never fear owls ever again. has done a lot of educational programmes about owls in the townships of Gauteng since 1998 and we are winning. Below is their WhatsApp conversation.

Creating owl friendly children who go on to be owls friendly adults living within owl friendly environments.


Making every dropped pellet count!

Date: 23 April 2019.

Location: Greenside, Johannesburg Gauteng.

Frederick Kleinhans in Greenside, organised an educational owl talk at his house for a group of Grade 4 learners from St Katharines School to learn about owls within the environment. The children learned about the owl behaviour, types of calls and their amazing ability to fly silently. It was encouraging to see their enthusiasm and eagerness to know where owls live and how many eggs they lay.

The girls also had an opportunity dissected owl pellets for the first time ever!

After the educational talk, the girls geared up with surgical masks, gloves and held their tweezers in anticipation to start digging the pellets to find the rodent bones.

They used a Rodent Skeleton Key to identify the bones and placed each and every bone they found on top of the key to match the bones on the picture to make it more interesting.

For scientific purposes and to keep record, they wrote down the coordinates of where the pellets were collected and placed the bones inside the Zip bag for further research conducted by We are currently building the largest Owl Diet Database in Africa and all the children who participate in our project, Contribute greatly to our research.

We dissect over 100 owl pellets annually and you wonder how we are able to do that.

We are in collaboration with EcoSolutions which has over 100 occupied owl boxes and also runs projects within agricultural farms of which one of them is located Kempton Park and currently has 10 occupied Barn Owl boxes. When owls hunt, they swallow their prey whole and regurgitate the indigestible materials in a form of a pellet which contains bones and fur. These pellets are collected from the occupied owl box In order to conduct the study of rodent species within the area.

We initiated the Junior Scientist Programme which is the study of owl diet and it is done through dissecting the owl pellets. The programme is designed to fit the school curricula which falls under Natural Science.

Since the project was initiated we have had over 30 schools involved within Gauteng and these schools include private, public to township schools.

The aim of this programme is to educate children about the owl food chain in the most practical way and for them to see what owls eat.

Would you like us to visit your school? Get in touch with us, we will be there!

Creating Owl Friendly Children. 


Date:  17 April 2019.
Location: Wynberg, Johannesburg Gauteng.


One of the teachers from Zenzeleni Primary School in Alexandra Township was spotted in Wynberg, Gauteng, South Africa and proud to show off her Owls Eat Rats bumper sticker.
The Owls Eat Rats bumper sticker campaign mostly involves the taxis to spread the message and create more awareness about the owls within Alexandra Township.

 Click the following link to find out more about our taxi sticker campaign: 



Owls in the roof.

Date:  12 April 2019.
Location: Jameson Park Nigel, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

OWL IN THE ROOF- Our first prize for is to convince the homeowner to leave the owls in place.

Thanks to the prompt contact from the Nigel SPCA, we were able to provide an owl box, educate Florence and leave the owls in place to tackle the rodent population within the township.

Barn Owlets which are found in roofs, are within established territories and still need to be cared for by their mothers until they learn how to feed themselves and fledge. provides an alternative roosting site for the owls to remain in the area. Please click the link to see the YouTube video.

SUPPORT US- Please support our cause to provide more owls in townships with an alternative breeding site. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.


There is no conservation without education.

Bank: Nedbank

Branch Name: Central Gauteng

Account Number: 1120438225

Branch Code: 12840500

Account Type: Nedbank Current Account

Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ

St Stithians owls get ringed!


Date: 04 April 2019.

Location: St Stithians College, Johannesburg Gauteng.

St Stithians Prep College for Boys is one the schools that participate in our Owl Release Programme in Gauteng Province. The school took in the orphaned owls which were collected on the ground in Tembisa. On the day of release, the children were given an educational talk for the children so that they can understand the essence of having owls within the school and also at home. 

Owls are a perfect eco-friendly rodent control method compared to poison and they control rodents effectively.

The ring numbers for the owls are K52413 and K52414. We ring all the owls that we release in order to keep track on their release location and fledgeling distances.

Owlets on the ground!


Date: 01 April 2019.

Location: Klipfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

OWLETS ON THE GROUND- We received a call from Klipfontein this morning about Barn Owlets (Tyto alba) which have apparently been on the ground for two days on a vacant land near a busy road.

Everyone would hear them calling and thought it was a snake. A lady named Mpho brave enough to check and found 3 owlets. Mpho immediately called for help.

There was no sign of their nesting site at all or whether they are being fed by their parents.

RISKS OF HAVING OWLETS ON THE GROUND - Can be injuries caused by other animals such as dogs or being run over by cars.

We usually prefer placing the owlets back to their nests but it's unfortunate that it could not be traced. The owlets will be put through a release programme at one of our participating schools and will be well cared for and released back to the wild.

All thanks to the wonderful lady (Mpho) who called the moment she noticed them.
All the work we do is pro-bono, we are calling out for donations to help us with these trips, especially in terms of fuel costs. If you would like to help please click the link or see the banking details below.
Bank: Nedbank
Branch Name: Central Gauteng
Account Number: 1120438225
Branch Code: 12840500
Account Type: Nedbank Current Account

Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ

Volunteer appreciation! Giving a Hoot!

Date:  30 March 2019.

Location: Greenside, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

One of our volunteers Graham Pullen came through this morning to help fix up a release Pen for the two orphaned Barn Owls (Tyto alba) which were found in Tembisa (no trace of their parents or  roosting site)

The owls will be released within Greenside in the next 21 days. This is when they will be old enough to hunt and feed themselves.

Barn Owls unlike Spotted Eagle Owls (Bubo africanus) don't have enough roosting sites. However, with all the owl boxes installed within the area, they will then occupy one of the EcoSolutions Urban Ecology owl boxes.

#GIVEAHOOT #SupportNPO #UrbanConservation

Children from Austria dissecting owl pellets for the first time!

Date: 20 March 2019

Location:University of Vienna, Austria, Europe.

The last three weeks of the lesson were all about owls. Posters, minibooks, dreamcatchers, drawings, presentations, biscuits, etc. were created in various objects. The more we became involved with the subject of owls and the, the enthusiasm of the pupils and of the teachers grew.

The children from Austria even got the opportunity to be a part of the largest Owl Diet Database in Africa by dissecting and seeing owl pellets for the first time. The dissection of pellets took place after the Skype session with children from Marlboro Gardens. Click the link to read full stories.

Owl masks made by township kids in Alexandra worn in Austria!

Date:  19 March 2019.

Location: University of Vienna, Austria, Europe. 

Masks made by kids from in Alexandra Township, South Africa, travelled 8700 km to be worn by members of the Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein and the Burgermeister of Göstling, Niederösterreich, Austria at a talk about township kids rolling back generations of mythological owl prejudice. To read the full article about our tour in Austria click the link.


Owl Release Party!

Date: 19 March 2019.

Location: Crawford Prep College, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Crawford Sandton (Preparatory and College) grade 6 - 7 learners hosted an Owl Release Party this morning to educate the young children about the importance and benefits of owls, to create poison awareness and encourage the use of an eco-friendly rodent control to conserve owls.

The learners also addressed issues that disrupt the habitats of owls and their behaviour. They organised a puppet show to make learning more fun and even baked some owl biscuits to give away to the young ones. 

The Crawford owls are ready for release and hunt rats. Thank you, Nina Bloom and Shirley Grey for giving a Hoot!

There is no conservation without education.

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Making new friends through owl education!

Date: 15 March 2019.

Location: Marlboro Combined School, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

A special day we had with Marlboro Gardens Secondary School learners presenting to children in Austria, naming their favourite owls in Sotho as part of our Owl Naming Programme through Skype. The learners addressed mythological issues and importance of owls in South Africa. 

Not only did they present but they had an opportunity to make new friends after they have sent a bag full of origami owls with lovely shutouts. The learners from Marlboro went on to say they felt privileged to have an opportunity of being associated with such a wonderful project which brings them great educational experiences and opportunities. Please click the link to see the short clip on our YouTube Channel.


Heron Bridge College is very excited to have a Southern White Faced Owl.

Date: 13 March 2019.

Location: Heron Bridge College, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

White Faced Owl (Otus leucotis) is a medium-sized owl which occurs in a variety of woodland habitats and loves perching on thin branches. 

Habitat: Heronbridge College is within the perfect environment which the owls prefer. They like scattered groups of trees and thorny shrubs, dry open woods, wooded areas along rivers, forest edges and clearings. These owls avoid dense rainforest and treeless deserts.

Hunting & Food: Southern White-faced Owls feed on large insects, spiders, scorpions, small birds, reptiles and small mammals. This owl hunts from a perch, dropping down and gliding low over the ground before swooping up to a new perch. Prey are normally taken from the ground or from branches, held with the powerful talons and torn apart with the bill.

The school children are very excited to participate in our Owl Release Programme and named the White Faced owl "Jin Jew''. The owl will be in their care for 21 days and will be released from the school.
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Ipani Primary School gives owls a home!

Date: 05 March 2019.

Location: Ipani Primary School, Arnot, Middleburg, Gauteng. worked together with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Owl Project to educate children at Ipani Primary School in Middleburg about the importance and benefits of owls.

The school has owls roosting within the premises and were very excited to put up owl boxes from EcoSolutions Urban Ecology

One of the learners was awarded a Junior Scientist Kit for knowing the number of rats a family of Barn Owls (Tyto alba) can control in one year.

As our mission is to create more owl friendly children. We would like to have every child at the school to be able to receive a kit and learn how to dissect the pellets owls drop at the school on a daily basis.

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St Stithians Prep College gets Barn Owls (Tyto alba)

Date: 27 February 2019.

Location: St Stithians College for Boys, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

St Stithians College is located within the city of Johannesburg and has been one of our owl release schools for more than 5 years. We met with the school children in the morning to give them a talk about owls and rat poison. We then placed two Barn Owls in the release pen for the children to care for until they are ready for release. These owls were collected for the SPCA and facilitates the release after care from the Johannesburg Wildlife Vet.

It's always a great pleasure educating learners who show love and care for the environment. Rat poison is not advisable to be used anywhere, be it the school grounds or any other property.

These owl friendly children will care for the Barn Owls along with the school teacher Mrs Dryden.

We Give A Hoot!

Radford House Puts a ring on it!

Date:  25 February 2019.

Location: Radford House School, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

An awesome morning of creating owl friendly and knowledgeable children at Radford House. The owl release was initiated as a school project for the learners to have a tangible lesson for their Harry Potter School Play. They Named the Owls HoOdini and Owlpochino.

We placed SAFrings on the owls and the children were very thrilled to be up close and personal with the birds.

Owl Talk at Radford House.

Date:  21 February 2019.

Location: Radford House School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Wonderful audience we had at Radford House as they learn about the importance and benefits of owls as well as their special flight ability and many more.

There is no such thing as an Owl-Friendly Rat Poison.

There is no conservation without education.

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