Requirements

  • Minimum /Maximum duration of programme is 3 weeks (shorter stay on request)
  • Minimum age is 18 years

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What our volunteers had to say

I would like to begin like I do with all important statements.....Dude! that was awesome! And awesome it was. Every minute of the last 3 weeks. I’d like to say thank you, because there are no better words. Thank you guys for taking such good care of us. The Reptile Park, God's Window, Bourkes’s Loukes Potholes, Kruger Park & River Rafting....I’ll be telling stories a long time to come! I wish you the joy you gave me

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Endangered Species Centre

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Who you will be volunteering with

This Endangered Species Centre has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in southern Africa. The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity.

This is an intensive, hands-on volunteering programme on African soil aimed at wildlife conservation and adventure enthusiasts all around the world.

Your involvement

The projects core discipline is Cheetah Conservation and during the programme the volunteers are involved with the everyday care of the cheetahs. This includes, cleaning, feeding, and where required, assisting with or observing any veterinary activities that may occur during your stay. The same activities apply to other species being cared for at the centre namely, wild dog, small spotted cats, African wildcats and more. The knowledge gained about the wildlife and work of the volunteer project through this kind of participation is both specific and personal.

The programme is divided into three main sections: Participation, Conservation and Sight Seeing. The Conservation section of the programme involves daily lectures on all major aspects of conservation and includes specialist input on all animals, grasses, trees and basic biodiversity.
The Sight Seeing section of the programme is where participants get to put theory into practice either through directed observation in the wild or at other centres that specialise in other areas of research or conservation.

The volunteer programme is largely based on the interactive involvement of participants, who in the process gain valuable knowledge of and experience in nature conservation.

What you will gain from your experience

The experience of this wildlife conservation project will equip you with the aptitude to actively participate in conserving the wildlife of Southern Africa, building awareness of conservation in a broader global scale and the opportunity to experience the beauty and rich diversity of South Africa.

Other experiences to be had with this project:

Whilst volunteering you will also have the opportunity to visit numerous places of interest and attractions in the area, including the renowned Kruger National Park, Reptile Park, Local Tribal Village, Hot Air Ballooning, River Rafting, Horse Riding, Bush Sleep Out, Stargazing, Games Drives, Bush Walk and Sleep Out, also included in the project is a unique and memorable experience of an elephant-back safari.