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Cheetah project in the Western

ID:V06

Description of the project: Work with South Africa's unique wildlife.

This project gives volunteers an opportunity to make  a valuable contribution to the conservation of rare and endangered wild animals and learn about the work in a game reserve.

The game reserve is located about 150 km / 2 hours from Cape Town and  is a home to a total of 1200 different animal species, including the famous "Big 5" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). However, the focus of the work lies in the rearing and care of rare and endangered cheetahs. The reserve has currently over 14 of these rare animals, which are maintained by eight supervisors.

Tasks:

In their daily work volunteers focuses on the care of the cheetahs. These include the cleaning and feeding the animals, the outlet of the animals and, where necessary, assist in veterinary activities that may occur during your stay. The animals are part of a special wildlife management program that allows sufficient physical exercise and mental stimulation through mentoring, Feeding, long spout, short sprints and interaction with visitors. Since there are wild animals, in addition to their practical work  volunteers  get  a theoretical introduction to the handling of the animals.

Working conditions and conduct at work

  • The work day begins at 08:00 and ends at 17.00 clock clock, with an hour break every day.
  • Voluntary work 6 days a week with a free day. In the fifth week there are three consecutive days off. This schedule may be modified on a case-Subject to factors such as weather conditions, reservations and the mood of the cheetah.
  • Volunteers must always be accompanied by an experienced staff member  if they work with the cheetahs.
  • Lunch breaks are not timed, but are taken when the work situation allows it.
  • Days off are classified by management, appointments are subject to the booking situation on the ground.
  • Photographs or videos of cheetahs may not be used commercially.
  • Downloading on social networks requires the permission of the owner.

Prerequisites:

  • Sufficient knowledge of English
  • Acceptance of the course of nature: the cheetahs are fed to chickens and rabbits.
  • Volunteers must be willing to kill them in order to continue feeding the animals.
  • Engagement & enthusiasm
  • Experience in dealing with wildlife or relevant training

Duration: 3 to 6 months

Start of project:

Beginning of the project, depending on the request.

Accommodation:

Accommodation and three meals a day are provided by the project. Volunteers share the room with other volunteers / project staff. Internet is free of charge. Protective clothing and equipment are provided.

Notes:

There is a two week trial period, the volunteers that ends with an evaluation by the management. Dates and availability must be checked prior to booking

Price is subject to change

Type: Wildlife / Nature

Location: Western Cape, South Africa (about 160km from Cape Town)

Start: on request

Duration: 3-6 months

Working hours: 8: 00- 17:00 clock

Minimum age: 18 years

Price available on request from us.


The price includes:

  • Comprehensive information packet during the preparation
  • Volunteerstay
  • Airport pickup from George Airport/Bus station and return transfers from  the project
  • Accommodation in a single room
  • Three meals a day
  • Contact person in the country
  • Assistance with travel arrangements and Notes

What is not included?

  • flight/Bus fare
  • Health insurance
  • Transport to work
  • Personal expenses