In April 2011 Petronel moved from Limpopo to Mpumalanga where her passion for the protection of wildlife resulted in the founding of Care for Wild Africa, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for all wildlife in need. With a vast amount of experience in the capture, treatment and rehabilitation of many different species, Petronel continued to offer training in rehabilitation and wildlife management.
In 2012 a private rhino owner from Limpopo brought the first orphan rhino to Care for Wild; this rhino would later be given the name, Lunar. Not long after Lunar’s arrival, another 4 orphans arrived; Bobby, Didi, Storm and Timbi. Petronel began looking for a suitable property on which she could establish a purpose-built facility that would support the successful rewilding and release of the animals under rehabilitation. In 2013 Care for Wild moved to its current location.