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Cango Wildlife Ranch and Conservation Centre

191 Baron Van Reede St, Oudtshoorn, 6620

About Cango Wildlife Ranch and Conservation Centre

In 1977 the Cango Crocodile Farm was established as South Africa’s first crocodile show farm. The farm was, as the name suggests, a place where crocodiles were bred to be sold. In 1986 a dream was realized when Andrew and Glenn Eriksen purchased the Cango Crocodile Farm.

“The work done at the ranch by our dedicated staff takes on a whole new meaning when you realize that the people involved in saving animals and educating the general public, will never see the result of their work in their lifetime. Never the less, we will keep on doing our best to ensure that extinction becomes just another word in the dictionary and not a reality. We have seen man do terrible things but we also know that man is capable of great things and it is towards greatness that we at the Cango Wildlife Ranch strive.”

~ Andrew Eriksen


It is important that we explain our purpose as a facility with regards to our conservation ethics and preservation mission. For that reason as well, we are always open to queries and/or concerns as it provides us with a platform to further expand on what we do.


  • Ensure that all animals in our care receive the highest attainable standards of treatment and safe-guarding

  • Strive to provide the highest level of training to staff in order to achieve standards of excellence in animal welfare

  • Work alongside international professionals to research and record procured data and experience in order to become leaders in animal welfare

  • Create environments that cater for species specific behavioral and physical needs

  • In doing so we commit to:

  • Sustain a culture of awareness highlighting the importance of premium animal welfare standards among all staff and public visiting

  • Husbandry practices based on a foundation which reflect the high welfare standards of our facility and ultimately contribute to husbandry activities internationally

  • Have staff implement premium welfare standards which are recognised and comply with standards set out by the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria

  • Comply with jurisdictional and national codes of practice, regulations and legislation as well as international treaties relating to animal care and welfare

  • Ensuring that all our animals are treated with the utmost respect at all times whilst additionally providing continuous physical and mental-health simulation to all animals within our care


The animals resident at the Cango Wildlife Ranch come from all over the world and are here for a huge variety of reasons. Some of our animals have been rescued from the wild or landed on our doorstep by default. It is heartwarming to see how many concerned animal people you find in everyday living. We get a huge amount of concerned citizens bringing us injured animals picked up next to the road. These little patients are usually nursed back to health and released back into the wild depending on the nature of their injuries.

Some of our snakes and crocodiles are only here for a short period of time. We have breeding exchange programs with a fair amount of breeding facilities and will ‘ swop’ some of our animals for a period of time to make sure that the animals don’ t interbreed. Our cheetahs, Pygmy hippos & Radiated Tortoises are part of our breeding and educational program.

These endangered animals are being bred in captivity to ensure the survival of the species. Their residency also provides much needed education to the general public visiting the ranch about the plight of not only these particular species but animals all over the world. Our mission is to save animals such as the cheetah from extinction and to educate people about the vulnerability and importance of wildlife diversity.

Contact Us

T: 044 272 5593


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