Pretoria Zoo crocs get a new reason to smile
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Pretoria Zoo crocs get a new reason to smile

THE crocodiles at the Pretoria Zoo have more reason to smile as they have just secured a sponsorship from Bakwena Spa.

This sponsorship will mean the availability of much-needed additional funds to upgrade, feed and maintain the enclosure to keep these prehistoric-looking reptiles happy.

Marcel Singh, the marketing specialist for the Pretoria Zoo said that she was ecstatic for the generous sponsorship from the local spa. “This awesome partnership will allow us to place more focus on the crocs and make sure that we are creating the best environment for them more especially, as winter approaches. We absolutely love it when corporate give back by helping us with our marketing to ensure that many generations to come can visit these creatures at the zoo. On behalf of the Zoo’s management, staff and the crocodiles of course, I would like to thank the Bakwena team for their great sponsorship and I appeal to other businesses to come forward and assist us,” she said.

The Bakwena Spa which is situated just west of Pretoria gets its name from the crocodiles. The word ‘Bakwena’ is a Sesotho word, meaning Crocodile. Antoinette Gmeiner, one of the spa’s co-founders said she absolutely loves crocodiles and she was inspired by the reptiles to create the name ‘Bakwena’. 

“After visiting the beautiful Pretoria Zoo, I was taken aback by the crocodile enclosure and I was absolutely excited when I found out that we at Bakwena could assist these magnificent animals by adopting them. We love giving back where we can and what better way to do that than by partnering up with this animal sanctuary to make sure that many generations to come can appreciate the croc”, she said.

The zoo’s adoption and sponsorship programme has proved to be a successful plan to engage corporate on a social responsibility level while generating supplementary income and physical-assistance to the establishment.
It is estimated that the two reptiles adopted by Bakwena are 40 years old. They have come in from the Transvaal Snake Park.



Media Release issued: 13 March 2014
Issued by: Vishal Ramphal
Orion Group
PR and Communications Officer
(011) 718 6501
082 092 1841

About the Bakwena Spa

Bakwena Spa opened its doors on the 1st of November 2012.

The reason for the establishment of the spa was because the creators and owners, Antoinette Gmeiner and Sandra Perkins, who have enjoyed visiting many spas and wellness centres throughout the country, thought they could translate their vision of a truly African spa experience into a reality and add an element of ‘Pure Indulgence’ to the equation.

Bakwena Spa works collaboratively with the Orion Group and in particular the Orion Hotels Division.
The Spa prides itself on incorporating many new treatments which allows the client a greater variety of choices when it comes to therapies. Freshly baked pastries and confectionaries coupled with a cornucopia of fresh fruit sets this spa apart from the rest as pure indulgence does not get neglected.  Antoinette and Sandra both believe that a spa day should not only be about eating healthy hence the delicious spread that awaits every discerning taste bud.
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About the The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (Pretoria Zoo)

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The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is a proud facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF).
The 85-hectare Zoo in Pretoria houses 3117 specimens of 209 mammal species, 1358 specimens of 202 bird species, 3871 specimens of 190 fish species, 388 specimens of 4 invertebrate species, 309 specimens of 93 reptile species, and 44 specimens of 7 amphibian species.

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. More than 600 000 people visit the Zoo annually. The total length of the walkways in the Zoo in Pretoria is approximately 6km. An Aquarium and Reptile Park also form part of the Zoo facility in Pretoria. The Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in the country.

The third largest collection of exotic trees can be found at the Zoo.

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