NB: Anyone who is passionate about wildlife conservation is welcome to join this program. We can, based on requirements of your University or yourself, tailor the program to meet those needs. Otherwise, you will enrol in the standard program and work with other participants *students and volunteers* alongside staff members.
If you have always wanted to see South Africa and be involved with conserving one of Africa’s most graceful cats, this is the place for you.
This will give you the opportunity to work with cheetahs while contributing to real conservation efforts to save them from going extinct in the wild. Your involvement and help will assist the project to ensure the survival of the species for generations to come.
They are not open to the public and rely on fundraising, donations and volunteers.
• Work hands on with the big cats such as cheetahs and lions
• Work hands on with small cats such as caracals and servals
• Live in close proximity to the lion and cheetah enclosures
• Experience first-hand all aspects of the animals life
• Be part of a very passionate team
• Learn about conservation and Africa’s wild animals
• Experience the farm animals living free amongst the wild animals
You day consist of day to day tasks including animal enrichment, enclosure cleaning, data collecting, behaviour monitoring, animal stimulation projects, tasks in and around the animal enclosures, feeding and meat preparation.
Below activities also incur during your stay
• Monitoring and data capture of the animals and their health and behaviour
• Cleaning and maintenance of the enclosure
• General camp upkeep
• Assist/help prepare food for animals and feed them
• Remove bones etc. left over from the animal feeding and overall cleaning of camps.
• Clean water dams and bowls and refresh with clean water
• Assist with fitness training as well as help improving cheetah’s hunting skills by helping staff with the cheetah run on the lure machine
• Bush clearing and creating pathways
• Removal of invasive plant species
• Maintenance work: building, painting or repair work for animal night enclosures and other structures
You will also have the chance to be actively involved in the re-homing and release of meerkat colonies as well as vervet monkeys. The aim is to enlighten you in the true conservation efforts done in terms of rehabilitation and release of captive animals. Also that you leave us with added skills in animal husbandry as well as the skills and basic knowledge needed to run and manage a project of this kind.
WHY DO I PAY TO PARTICIPATE? This centre relies on funding and does not have the capacity to cover the costs for accommodation, meals and other expenses of volunteers.
2 weeks 17800 ZAR / currently 1210 USD
3 weeks 24750 ZAR / currently 1700 USD
4 weeks 32200 ZAR / currently 2188 USD
Including accommodation, meals
For more information on the project, kindly contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Start days throughout the week - very flexible - runs the entire year round