RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey.

The centre opened at the Heath in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route on the 6th December 2008.

Radical raptors operate directly under the rules & regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation.


RADICAL RAPTORS are on call 24/7 to rescue raptors in distress
Dennis 083 561 0973 • Mark 073 948 8371

Adult raptors have few predators and may live for 20 to 30 years in the wild. Human impact; urbanisation, deliberately or accidentally poisoning, inexperienced raptor hand-raising, illegal trade and hunting, are some of the reasons Raptors may require rescue. If you come across a raptor in need of assistance please call us  .


Being at the top of their food chain, adult raptors have few predators but face a number of challenges which threaten population numbers. Approximately twenty five percent of raptors survive their first year, and of these only half will actually raise their own young. Survival of the fittest is nature’s way of ensuring a strong and healthy species. Add human influence into the picture and survival rate can be drastically reduced to critical levels.

RADICAL RAPTORS strives to provide on site facilities for the treatment of injured birds of prey and suitable secure housing for birds undergoing treatment.


The release process involves intensively training the rehabilitated raptor to ensure that it is fit and able to hunt for itself.
Prior to release, the bird is thoroughly examined, weighed and measured and all data is recorded.

Hand raised raptors are classified as human imprints having identified themselves as humans. Human imprints will not breed naturally and therefore are not releasable candidates. They will claim territories yet not produce offspring. RADICAL RAPTORS incorporates human imprints and birds with permanent injuries as ambassadors in our education and eco-tourism programmes.