Eco Champions

Eco Champions are individuals or organizations who are active in Southern Africa striving to rescue, maintain and improve the quality of our natural resources and wildlife. The majority of the links in this list are gathered from Most of them offer opportunity for involvement in organised environmental activities ranging from research, conservation, community awareness, education as well offering a host of information. Some offer various types of outdoor experiences and others promote sustainable products and animal welfare.
 Freeme Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Suburban wildlife is in crisis. Each year thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles living in gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries. Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to know what to do with them. In 1997 FreeMe was founded by a group of trained rehabilitators in the north of Johannesburg who realised the plight of suburban indigenous wildlife. The centre is staffed and operated by a full-time manager, two support staff members and a group of trained volunteers. It is open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm and they welcome calls from the public asking for advice and support.
List of ECO CHAMPIONS Eco Champions: A

Africa Geographic

African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) 

African Bird of Prey Sanctuary 

African Water Issues Research Unit (AWIRU)

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

African Wind Energy Association (AfriWEA)

Animal Protection and Environmental Sanctuary (APES)

Animal Rescue Organization (ARO) 

Animal Trust (the) 

Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF)

ASPO South Africa [peak oil]


Eco Champions: B – D

Bio-watch South Africa

Birding Africa

Birdlife South Africa

Birds of Eden & Monkeyland 

Border Collie Rescue

Botanical Society of South Africa

Bushbaby S.O.S. 

Cape Floristic Region, Biodiversity Hotspots, Conservatrion International 

Cape Leopard Trust 

Centre for rehabilitation of Wildlife

Cheetah Outreach 

Climate Action Partnership (CAP)

Conservation International, South Africa 

Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage 


Eco Champions: E – G

Earthlife Africa (ELA)

EcoDoc Africa

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)

Enkosini Eco Experience

Environment South Africa

Environmental Justice Networking Forum (EJNF)

Federation of Southern African Fly Fishers

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA)

Freeme Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Fynbos in the Cape Floral Kingdom

Garden Route Botanical Garden

Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA)


GroundWork / Friends of the Earth South Africa


Eco Champions: H – R

Indigenous Bulb Association of South Africa (IBSA)

Jane Goodall Institute – Chimpanzee Eden

Lupus Foundation (the)

Mabula Ground Hornbill Conservation Project

Migrating Kestrel Project, Western Cape Raptor Research Programme

Mvula Trust (the)

National Association of Concervancies of South Africa (NACSA)

National Council of SPCA’S

Natural World

Peace Parks Foundation

Percy Fitzpatric Institute of African Ornithology

Population Council, South Africa

Renewable Energy Businesses in South Africa


Eco Champions: S

SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme


Seal Alert SA


Society of South African Geographers (the) (SSAG)

South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR)

South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP)

South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association

South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)

Southern African Foundation for the Concervation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)

Southern African Wildlife College

Spider Club of Southern Africa (the)

Succulent Society of South Africa

Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA)

Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (CESSA)


Eco Champions: T – Z

Tony and Lisette Lewis Foundation (TLLF)

Tree Society of Southern Africa (TSSA)

Urban Sprout

Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) (the)

Wilderness Foundation, South Africa (the)

Wildlands Conservation Trust

Wildlife Photography Blog

World Parrot Trust, Africa (WPT – Africa)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), South Africa (WESSA)


SA Government Environment & Conservation Agencies

Agricultural Reasearch Council (ARC)

Biodiversity GIS

Council for Geoscience

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

Department of Water Affairs (DWA)

National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) (the)

South Africa National Parks (SANParks)

South African Biodiversity Information Facility

South African Environmental Observation Network

South African National Antarctic Program

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)

South African Weather Service

Water Research Commission (WRC)