Owl Rescue Centre

Dedicated to the protection of owl species


About our cause

Owl Rescue Centre is a registered Non-profit company and permitted rehabilitation facility concerned with the well-being of all owl species in Southern Africa.

Owl Rescue Centre is dedicated to protect owls, rescue owls that are in danger and rehabilitate and care for owls that have been injured, are sick, poisoned or orphaned and then release them back into their natural environment using specifically researched release methods.

Owl Rescue Centre is involved in several conservation projects to decrease the high mortality rate of owl species.

Owl Rescue Centre was founded by Brendan Murray following a lifelong interest and passion for birds of prey. Brendan spent most of his young life observing and studying birds. He came to the realization a few years ago that owls specifically need help to protect them from becoming endangered, and so Owl Rescue Centre was born.  

His wife, Danelle Murray, became involved in the cause shortly after as the Co-founder of the organization, to support him in his purpose.  They now work as a team, along with a few committed staff and volunteers to achieve a goal in owl conservation.


Our Vision

Owl Rescue Centre’s vision is that through increased understanding of the owl's true character, the fears and misgivings that often surround peoples' perceptions of owls will be replaced by tolerance and respect for these unique birds.

“We follow a philosophy of minimal human interference to nature’s natural means. We nurture owls when they need us, but we allow them to stay wild and return to their natural habitat when they no longer require our assistance.”

Most owl species hunt and are active at night and are seldom observed by humans. Because of this nocturnal  (night-time) existence, they are little known and often  misunderstood, even though some owls live their entire lives in close proximity to man.

Owl Rescue Centre is proud to announce the book release of 'My Dark Country' written by the organisation's co-founder, Danelle Murray.

 My Dark Country tells the story of how and why Owl Rescue Centre was started. As conservationist living in South Africa, Danelle and her husband Brendan Murray (Founder) faced many unique challenges.  Read how they survived an abduction, several farm attacks and robberies but, prevailed over these obstacles to continue their mission to save and care for owls.  


Brendan with a rescued Spotted Eagle Owl

The Owl Sanctuary

Owl Rescue Centre is based at Hartbeespoort in the North West Province of South Africa. The Centre takes in hundreds of owls every year through their rescue efforts.  The owls are rehabilitated and when they can survive on their own in the wild, are released in The Sanctuary - a farm which is located within a twelve thousand hectare protected conservancy. 

When Brendan and Danelle acquired the farm, their dream was to secure a sanctuary for the owls, where they would be protected and looked after, a piece of habitat that would always belong to them.

The Sanctuary is the only one of its kind in the world.  Owls can be observed visiting the various feeding platforms around The Sanctuary, every single night.  Many have taken up residency in the Owl Houses where they breed year after year.



Purchase a copy of ‘My Dark Country’ and you will help us to offset our Veterinary Bills for 2019.


Books are R240 each and are sent via FREE courier service to any address in S.A.


Also available on Amazon, Kindle & Kindle Unlimited


"Fantastic read. It was difficult to put the book down once I’d started reading in. Beautifully written." Kathryn van Tonder

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