AfriForum Youth in Kempton Park launches owl house project


AfriForum Youth’s Kempton Park branch on 8 March 2019 launched a sustainable owl house project as part of the youth organisation’s 2019 projects. This follows after the youth identified the need for owl houses seeing as Kempton Park houses a large number of owls appearing on the list of endangered species.

The project is managed in cooperation with Owl House Centre and AfriForum Youth erected the first two little houses on the corner of Soutpansberg and Pretorius Streets in Kempton Park. These little houses are both aesthetic and environmentally friendly, while each of them is manufactured from approximately 900 plastic bottles.

“The little owl houses are made from recycled material donated to us by the community. Large trees are ideal to accommodate the spotted eagle-owl, while the well-known barn owl prefers smaller trees. It is important that the little houses are placed at least 100 m from each other, considering that many owls are territorial. We would like to request the community to not place rat poison close to the little houses because it can directly affect the owls,” says Jan Tsoka, Spokesperson for the Owl Rescue Centre.

“This is an excellent initiative with which to become involved, especially because owls are an endangered species and because they easily thrive in Kempton Park. This is only the beginning of AfriForum Youth’s projects for 2019 and we are very excited about the growth potential thereof. We would like to encourage the community, but especially the youth, to join AfriForum and become involved at similar projects,” says René Reichel, Chairperson of AfriForum Youth’s Kempton Park branch.

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