Honor the Life of Baboon Rescuer Killed in Fire

Target: Family and Friends of Rita Miljo

Goal: Support the life and work of recently passed baboon rescuer Rita Miljo

Rita Miljo, conservationist and baboon rescuer, passed away recently in a fire in a South African sanctuary. Miljo spent her life dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of baboons in South Africa and her work has been a foundation for conservation efforts there. Her memory will inspire many others to dedicate their lives to conservation.

Miljo founded the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education in the Limpopo province where she died last Friday in the small quarters she kept above the headquarters. The fire destroyed the building and also killed three baboons, including Bobby, the first baboon Miljo rescued. The fire did plenty of damage to the buildings and grounds, but no other injuries were reported.

Miljo began her conversation efforts in the 1950s and had been working tirelessly since then to nurse baboon packs and reintroduce them to the wild. She developed a progressive new technique for readjusting the baboons to their natural habitats in South Africa. Miljo studies baboons because she felt that baboons revealed things about humans and their behavior. Her work with the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education has done wonders for the baboon populations in Limpopo, and her conservation efforts will allow for more to grow in the years to come.


Dear family and friends of Rita Miljo,

I would like to offer my condolences on the passing of Rita Miljo. She was a wonderful woman who worked tirelessly for the things she believed in. I hope you are comforted in this time by the knowledge that her life made a huge impact on many others in South Africa and that she will surely be missed.

Despite this tragedy, Rita Miljo’s life leaves a shining legacy. Her conservation work with the founding of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation & Education laid an infrastructure to protect baboons for many years. Her revolutionary methods for rehabilitating baboons in to the wild have saved thousands of baboons and helped ensure their safe recovery and readjustment to their natural lives. Without her work, the cacophony between the endangered baboons and the surrounding humans would have surely resulted in the extinction of the baboons. Her life and legacy will endure for many years to come. Best wishes in these difficult times.


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