Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary is a safe haven for animals one would not expect to find in the hustle and bustle between two major cities in Gauteng.
Situated in Midrand, it is what could be referred to as a boutique sanctuary and safe place — a place where animals can be appreciated up close; where human and animal interaction is welcomed, creating a personal and peaceful atmosphere.
What does the animal sanctuary do?
The sanctuary first opened its gates in April 2000 and it took hard work, dedication and commitment before Lory Park became known and respected.
Due to the vast expansion of Midrand into an industrial and corporate area in South Africa, the growth had a very negative effect on the fauna and flora in the area. It was then that many people started bringing injured and trapped animals to Lory Park.
Eddy Van Eck, who started and owns the sanctuary, would also be called on to go and collect potentially dangerous animals such as snakes that previously lived unnoticed and were now deemed vermin due to human encroachment.
Some of these animals were releasable in safe areas, but most had been severely injured due to cars, electric fences, human aggression, and electricity lines, and could never be released.
These were the animals that needed a safe haven where they could live out their lives in peace with love and care, and this is why Lory Park soon became a sanctuary to all animals — not only a bird park.
Through his passion and love for animals and nature, Eddy has created a beautiful haven where the coordination of animal care, community recreation with the highest standards and a passion for and focus on educating the community on conservation come together.
Over the years he has built a good rapport with nature conservationists, as well as various welfare organisations and was asked to home many confiscated and abused animals.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
Due to the uncertainty and the financial strain due to the imposed lockdown the country has faced over the past five months, there has been a desperate need for food supply for the animals and cleaning products for the sanctuary itself, in order to maintain the upkeep and to continue providing the necessary services for the animals they care for.
As Lory Park solely relies on donations and sponsorship, they have come together and asked community members and the public from all walks of life to join them in a charity fun run that they will be hosting to assist them in their main cause of making a home for the animals at the sanctuary, and to enable them to continue doing what they do best.
Date and time: 30 August, 10am
Meeting point: Corner of Edenvale and Van Riebeek Road, Meadowdale Mall
Final destination: 181 Kruger Road, President Park, Midrand — Lory Park
Animal sanctuary wish list:
- All fresh fruits and vegetables. Please note that donations must be fit for human consumption, otherwise they can’t be used for the animals.
- Nut Butters
- Sunflower seeds
- Mielie mix
- Mielie meal
- Kidney/Sugar beans
- Rider cubes
- Duiker pellets
- Ibis pellets
- Dog pellets
- Bunny pellets
- Wild bird seed
- Myna pellets
- Whole chickens, fresh/frozen
- Chicken necks
- Chicken gizzards
Cleaning and hygiene products
- Dishwashing liquid
- Handy Andy
- Floor cleaner
- Window cleaner
- Hand soap
- Hand sanitiser
- Black bags
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.