This is a volunteer program in which students participate as well. The volunteer program was established in 2001 and ever since volunteers from all over the globe, travel to the wildlife rehab centre for an unforgettable experience.
The rehab centre is currently home to over one hundred resident animals ranging from eagles, vultures, servals and honey badgers to lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas. For some, the nature of their injuries makes them unsuitable for life in the wild but for others, habitat loss restricts their release and they remain at the centre as ambassadors for their species. Volunteers join the dedicated team and are involved in a wide variety of tasks providing the everyday care these animals require.
The reactionary nature of the rehab will at times see volunteers involved in call outs and rescues as well as releases. When animals are admitted to the centre, volunteers are given the opportunity to observe our clinic team administering the necessary nursing treatment. For more complex cases, a veterinary surgeon will be consulted.
Your duties consists of caring for the animals and involves everything from feeding and cleaning to providing stimulation for their more intelligent residents (such as the honey badgers
Your day to day tasks are most important at the centre. Please keep in mind that no previous experience is needed in order for you to fulfil your daily tasks, all you will need is a love for animals and nature and be prepared to do the dirty work. Dedication and team work is the ‘key’ to a successful day of work. Working together and the tasks given be done with enthusiasm and properly will be appreciated. Remember that you are there for the animals.
Volunteer placements are by no means easy! The very nature of the work often involves long and unsociable hours. They require hard work, a good deal of cleaning, manual labour and a degree of physical fitness and stamina. You will are involved with all aspects of animal care from enclosure cleaning to food preparation and should expect to be undertaking the following tasks:
• Cleaning water bowls
• Removing food bowls
• Raking enclosures
• Removing faeces
• Scrubbing surfaces
• Sweeping pathways
• Lifting and carrying tools and equipment
• Repairing damaged enclosures
• Fixing fences
• Collecting / cutting browse
• Preparing feeds
• Cutting up meat and chicks
• Cleaning and sterilizing feeding utensils
Working with animals is not easy. The day often results in the disruption of the best laid plans. Animal emergencies are not glamorous. Caring for animals will delay your meals and rob you of your sleep. Please be prepared for this.
2 weeks 1400 EUR
3 weeks 1900 EUR
4 weeks 2300 EUR
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