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.


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.


Delivery Instruction
gallery/my dark country by danelle murray

Win an amazing Owl Hamper!

This is how :

  1.  Purchase a copy of My Dark Country (R240)
  2.  Take a selfie with your copy of My Dark Country
  3.  Post your photo on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account and tag us in: @OwlRescueCentre #MyDarkCountry Tell us where you got your copy.
  4.  Entries close on 31 July 2019
  5.  The winner will be notified through their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account.  The winner's name will also be published on the My Dark Country Facebook page.

Proceeds from My Dark Country is used towards the rehabilitation & veterinary fees of sick or injured owls.

How to purchase a copy:

  • Buy a paperback copy with your Credit Card using PayPal
  • Order a copy through e-mail - info@owlrescuecentre.org.za
  • Purchase your copy from a bookshop 
  • Make a purchase through Amazon or Kindle (click on the button)