our projects


animal rehab

Some animals that we rescue are injured. If we are able to rehabilitate and release them, we do. If we can’t release them, due to their condition, they join the Lawnwood sanctuary team  for future education and preservation.

In the Western Cape province all reptiles, indigenous and exotic must be permitted! Cape Nature is responsible for issuing permits. As the park has been in existence since 2003, we have been recognised as an institution that has homed unwanted and removed reptile.

Cape cobra

Shy and elusive with a variety of colors, this snake has a potent neurotoxic venom and should be handled with caution

Puff adder

One of the most common venomous snakes found in the Garden Route, accounting for the majority of our snake rescues. Sometimes some snakes rescued are injured and may require veterinary assistance.

Injured Puff adder getting treatment


Some indigenous reptiles still find  themselves lost in and around human settlements and are in danger of being driven over or injured by irresponsible people or maybe even dogs. We also help where we can.

unwanted exotic pets

Other reptiles that end up full time residents of Lawnwood Sanctuary are common exotic pets such as Bearded dragons, Iguanas and a variety of other snake species both venomous and non venomous. 

Bearded Dragons

Very common as pets, these reptiles are adored by children who often loose interest as they grow older. They are Australian and can not be released into our ecosystem.


Home to South America, these exotic pets are manageable when younger but soon grow to be  temperamental and aggressive.


Corn snakes

From North America, these beautifully colored harmless constrictors are a favourite for many beginner snake enthusiasts


snake rescue

We offer free snake rescue services that cover approximately 200 km, stretching from Tsitsikama to Mossel-bay

The snakes are safely captured and released as soon as possible far from human encounters