Primate Rehabilitation Centre
Only one in Zimbabwe
We are the first rehabilitation centre orientated specifically to the rehab and release of Africas Primates.
The success rate of primate releases in Southern Africa – carried out by qualified operators – is an admirable 97%.
Volunteer at FTBW
Help us make a difference
Join the day to day work at Zimbabwe’s first animal sanctuary built to house and rehabilitate primates, alongside a wide variety of other species of wildlife.

You will gain hands on experience with a variety of wildlife orphans and assist in their rehab and release.

Non-profit Organisation
We rely solely on donations from the public
We are very grateful for the generosity of our donors and can’t thank you enough for enabling us to help the injured animals that are unable to help themselves. Our Guardians of the Wild programme enables you to symbolically adopt some of our animals and sponsor their rehabilitation and release back into the Wild where they belong.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

About
Free to be Wild

Free to be Wild was founded by Baye Pigors in January 2014.

Growing up in Africa Baye always had a back yard full of orphaned wildlife. Animals of all descriptions have always been a big part of her life.

In 2013, Baye received her first orphaned baby baboon- who was promptly named “Umfazi”. At that stage the formation of the sanctuary was still a long way off, but Baye made Umfazi a promise – that promise was, that one day she would be returned to the wild and be given the chance to be a free baboon again.

That promise was the beginning of an incredible and heart warming journey.

Upon receiving Umfazi, Baye realised that there was no facility or organization in Zimbabwe that was geared towards the rehabilitation of primates with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild.

For the next several months Baye spent her time travelling and visiting sanctuaries throughout Southern Africa where she learned and researched rehabilitation methods for primates and other wild animals.

Upon her return, Free to be Wild was founded and programs for the rehabilitation and release of both monkeys and baboons were established.

Free to be wild sanctuary, rescue and rehabilitation centre in Zimbabwe, pangolin rehabilitation, orphaned wildlife

Every life. Every species.  Counts.

Baye Pigors
Sponsor the rehab & release of our wildlife

Guardians

of the Wild

Free to be Wild is a non-profit organisation and we rely solely on donations from the public to keep doing the good work required of us.

We are very grateful for the generosity of our donors and can’t thank you enough for enabling us to help the injured animals that are unable to help themselves.

Our Guardians of the Wild programme enables you to symbolically adopt some of our animals and sponsor their rehabilitation and release back into the Wild where they belong.

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Our success stories

Read about our releases stories and other sanctuary news
A Pangolins Tale ~ cradle to the grave

One of the biggest privileges up to date has got to be having the opportunity to help the Pangolin species. The opportunity to assist on rescues and the humbling releases of this prehistoric yet incredibly cute animal.

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Volunteering at Free to be Wild Sanctuary

If you wish to experience working hands-on with a variety of animals, you care about animal welfare and want to be involved in animal rehabilitation then Free to be Wild

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Sponsor a Guardian

We were recently visited again by Margrit and Russ from Nikela  and were thrilled to show them around and for them to see how much the Sanctuary had grown since

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Look what an orphaned baby Baboon inspired!

Watch an interview Baye had with Nikela about how the Sanctuary came into being and her plans to make it bigger to enable it to come to the aid of as many injured creatures as it could.

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Bat Release

Felicia, the fruit bat, came to Free to be Wild after escaping the claws of a crow and the jaws of a lion! (Talk about running the gauntlet!) We nursed

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Nikela ~ Helping People Saving Wildlife

Free to be Wild is extremely grateful to have met Margrit and Russ, from Nikela, and forever thankful for their help in raising awareness of the Sanctuary and assist with

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Our educational programme for Zimbabwes future...

Wildlife Warriors 

Free to be Wild offers educational tours round the Sanctuary, teaching children the importance of wildlife and environmental preservation.

We believe in the importance of coexistence between humans and wildlife and the ways that they are able to make a difference towards the preservation of our heritage.  Education is key factor when it comes to the value of conservation.

Contact Us

Sanctuary visits can be arranged in advance

Sanctuary: Arnold Way, Burnside, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Business Phone: +263 775 545 546

Email: info@FreetobeWildSanctuary.com

Drop us a message

Feel free to get in touch with us for any questions.

Contact the Sanctuary

Sanctuary: Arnold Rd, Burnside, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Phone: +263 775 545 546

Email: info@FreetobeWildSanctuary.com

Donate to the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary relies entirely on donations from the public to enable us to help the injured wildlife that comes into our care.

Without your help we are unable to rehabilitate these defenceless animals and find places suitable for their release back into their wild.

You can help us by making a simple donation or by joining our Guardians of the Wild programme and becoming a guardian of one of our orphaned animals.

Drop Kuda a message

He would love to hear from you!

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