Animal Care

Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948) once said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Human activities impact on animal life in many ways. The choices we make - to eat meat, hunt, keep pets, etc - all have consequences. Many staff and students at Rhodes University take meaningful action to address such concerns.

Report Stray Animals

Makana Parks Dept 0466036072 (office) or 074 245 4767 (Jeff Budaza) or 071 196 4434 (Thando Dlalani) or 073 469 8460 (Kwanele Mbangi)

Follow the links for brief information relating to some of the animals - domestic and wild - that are considered on campus:

  • Animal Welfare: info on local SPCA efforts to prevent cruelty to animals.

  • Feral cats: info on how to get involved in the Grahamstown Feral Cat Project on campus and beyond, a humane alternative for the feral cats. 

  • Bees: info on who deals with bees on campus and beyond. 

  • Birds: info on who deals with birds on campus.

  • Donkeys: info on local donkey projects.

  • Snakes: info on what to do when you see a snake, and who deals with snakes on campus and beyond.

  • Monkeys: info on what to do about monkeys on campus.

  • Rhino: info on RU Saving the Rhino action to raise awareness and help bring an end to rhino poaching and pain.

More links:

  • ROAR (Rhodes Organisation for Animal Rights) aims to foster an understanding of the broader impact of our lifestyle choices - many of which entail the use of animals or animal products.

  • Barking Mad has a button where you can "Click to Feed - It's Free". This sponsored link generates food to feed rescued animals in South Africa. G

  • Fur-free movement (South Africa) encourages us to treat animals more humanely.

  • PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) is the largest animal rights organisation in the world, with more than 2 million members and supporters.

  • Animal biodiversity

  • Pets

  • Food

  • Animal Health Act

Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions (9 billion in the US alone in 1996), and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all these animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.  Elsewhere millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people and dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for “Peace on Earth” – C. David Coats.

Take Action

Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)

Last Modified: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:31:24 SAST