Ashanti the Verreaux’s Eagle

Ashanti the Verreaux’s Eagle was stolen from her nest as a chick to become someone’s exotic pet, and it was her good fortune that she ended up at the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre where she is now cared for with great affection. Ashanti’s quite the diva, and who can blame her when she is so entrancingly beautiful?

As a registered NGO receiving no government support, the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre relies heavily on donors, sponsors and the visiting public to fund their very important work. Their tiny staff compliment is responsible for the rehabilitation of between 80 and 200 birds of prey every year, all of them injured by or negatively impacted in another way by humans, and then releasing them back into the wild when they’ve recovered sufficiently. If you can’t visit them in person, please visit their website and, if you are able to, assist them in their efforts by making a donation (monetary or in kind).

22 thoughts on “Ashanti the Verreaux’s Eagle

  1. naturebackin

    Awesome photos from you both and really showing the eagle’s incredible power and of course her beauty. Glad the centre exists to give birds such as this with such a sad backstory a chance of living a reasonable life, even if they can’t be free.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Baie dankie vir die gawe kompliment, Aletta. Ja, ek kan net my kop skud oor die vermetelheid van die mensdom, en dit maak my hartseer om te wonder hoeveel arendkuikens dan nie gered word soos gelukkig met Ashanti gebeur het nie.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks very much, Lori. We had great fun putting it together – sorry to say the next post featuring Fish Eagle Hali will be the last in the series featuring the birds being cared for at the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre.

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  2. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    Ashanti looks in such good health and shows a wonderful spirit – so happy to see she is now well cared for at the Rehabilitation Centre. So lovely to see Joubert’s beautiful photographs alongside your own too – you make a wonderful team! 😀🦅

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you very much, Xenia – Joubert had a huge smile on his face reading your comment.

      Ashanti is a magnificent and imposing bird and we are also grateful that she’s getting the love and care she deserves.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I’m also glad that she’s being cared for by the centre, Anne, and able to spread her wings at least. But I am also saddened to think about the fact that she should have loved her life in complete freedom and a human stole that from her.

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