Requirements

  • Minimum duration of program is 2 weeks
  • Minimum age is 18 years

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What our volunteers had to say

Best time of my life. Got back and soon booked again for next year. You work your butt off every day but there is never a dull moment. Worst moment of my life was having to leave there. You arrive as strangers and leave as a family! 6 years on and I’m still in touch with the people that made my experience amazing

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Wildlife Rehabilitation

Conservation

Who you will be volunteering with

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Volunteers travel from all over the world for an experience of Africa which is very unique.  Once here you are involved in the day-to-day tasks in the Rehab and become a pivotal part of the animal care and treatment.

The Wildlife Rehab Centre is often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild.  As a result, there are a number of ‘permanent residents’ at the centre which are used as ambassadors for their species. 

The Aim of the Centre

  • Create homes for orphaned, poisoned or injured wildlife, which due to their injuries will never be able to return to their natural environment.
  • Reintroduce rehabilitated wildlife to their natural environment where possible.
  • Establish breeding facilities for our wildlife, which can be reintroduced back into the wild.
  • Attempt through the educational programme to stress how sensitive our ecosystem is and how fast we are losing it.
  • To work hand in hand with other conservation bodies, whose objectives are totally for conservation.

Your Involvement

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Your day to day tasks are most important whilst at the Centre. Let us start by saying 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.  We ask that each one works together and the tasks given be done with enthusiasm and accurately.

There is no typical day at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre…ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! Working with animals can scramble up the day and schedule, it can delay meals and rob you of your sleep, so be prepared for the unexpected. Everything that happens just adds to your experience here in Africa.

24 hour care is needed to care for most animals especially baby Rhinos & Hippos.

What you will gain from your experience

Wildlife Rehabilitation

A large part of a volunteer’s job.....Your Job.... is to care for these animals, and this involves everything from feeding, to cleaning, to providing stimulation for the more intelligent residents (such as the Honey Badgers).  Whilst working at the centre you may also be involved in any call-outs, drop-offs or hand-raising of babies brought to the centre for our attention.

The Centre is also actively involved in a research forum which looks at the movements and behaviour of Leopards. During your stay here you may be lucky enough to be involved in some of this research, or be involved in the release of a Leopard.

Other experiences to be had with this project:

Night Drives, Sleep Outs & Big 5 Picnics,Horse Riding, A day excursion to the Kruger National Park, River Tubing, Khumai Reptile Park, Balloon Ride,  Micro-light flying, Blyde Boat Trip