Wildlife Foundation Garden Route
This project is something very special. The zoological facility is home to many different animals of all ages that you will take care of. The aim of the project is to give the endangered animals a new, loving home.
The project is home to more than 90 different species of animals, most of which are on the endangered list. You will work Mondays – Fridays, with the project arranging some awesome activities on the weekends.
- Arrive and depart from Cape Town
- Minimum age requirement of 18
- Volunteer for 2 – 12 Weeks
- Airport transfers included
- All transport to project included
- Accommodation provided
- Meals provided
- Price starting from 985€ (2020)
Participation in this project will be remembered for a long time. You will make experiences that you can hardly forget and can hardly do anywhere else. You will love working with the animals and understand why the team is so dedicated to them and sacrificing their entire time for them. Many volunteers return home with lifelong friendships and unique experiences. And some of them are coming back because they just can not help it.
The “Crocodile Ranch” was founded in 1977 and taken over by Andrew and Glenn in 1986 as a zoological institution. They shifted the focus and put it on the animal welfare and education work in the population. In 2006, they launched the “Valley of Ancients” project to raise endangered animals in the park. There are still crocodiles and the unique opportunity of cage diving with them. This gives visitors a priceless insight into the lives of these animals – an experience they will not soon forget.
Andrew and Glenn wanted to do more for animal welfare and started to actively care for endangered cheetahs. Today, in addition to the cheetahs and crocodiles, more than 72 different species of animals live on the farm, especially “big cats”, such as white tigers and lions and leopards. Being an animal park that also attracts tourists, you not only have contact with employees and other volunteers, but also with people from all over the world.
The project is against the eradication of certain species and fights the daily fight against it. The work takes on another meaning when one considers that the people who work for it today will never see the success of their work in their lives. Nevertheless, they try their best every day and make sure that the word “extermination” is just another word in the dictionary and no longer in reality.
In hardly any other project participants have the opportunity to care so much about the animals and above all to work for them. The project is perfect for those who are interested in animal welfare and want to have a positive impact on their lives. You will meet and work with white tigers, leopards, white lions, cheetahs, lemurs, vervet monkeys, marabou and many other animals. Of course you get dirty and the work is sometimes exhausting, but it is fulfilling. As a volunteer you support the team and thus their valuable work!
Please note that you will partly help with the processing of raw meat as food.
The aim of the volunteer program is also to leave the project as an animal welfare ambassador and know what the work is all about and what problems animal welfare projects have.
- Work with the cheetahs, lions and tigers (depending on the season and current situation in the park)
- Support for the care of the young animals (can not be guaranteed)
- Insight into the work with endangered animals and their own implementation
- Optional excursions in the area (whale watching, shark cage diving etc.)
- Collaboration with experienced employees and other international helpers
The working hours:
In general, you work from Monday to Friday from 8-16: 30 clock. After work, you can rest, do something with the other volunteers and have dinner. The weekends are free. The working hours are not fixed and can vary depending on the needs of the park. You should be flexible.
- 08:00 AM – 10:00 AM: In the morning the cages of the cheetahs, tigers and other animals are cleaned, the food is prepared and distributed.
- 10:00 AM -10:30 AM: break
- 10:30 AM -12:00 PM: If there are young animals, they are taken after breakfast for a walk. Dealing with the other animals, general duties in the park.
- 12:00 PM – 13:00 PM: Lunch
- 13:00 PM -16:30 PM: The animals are kept busy and the progress of their development is documented. For the general maintenance of the park also includes walks through the Karoo to check the fences and repair if necessary. Feeding time and subsequent meeting with the team, feedback on the day and plans for the coming days.
Important facts regarding the project:
- Any special features to keep in mind when choosing this project? Special vaccinations are not required. However, some volunteers opt for a rabies vaccine. The project strongly recommends a tetanus vaccine. The project is located in a malaria-free area.
- Should I bring Malaria medication? The project is located in a Malaria-free region of South Africa. No medication needed.
- When did the project start? The project was founded in 1986.
- How many volunteers can participate? 18 volunteers at any given time.
You live together with other participants in a lodge, right next to the park. There live the owners. There is a large garden with a pool. Overall, the house has room for 18 volunteers.
Basic foods such as tea, coffee, spices, cereals, milk, bread, spreads, fruits, sauces etc. are provided. From Monday to Friday there is lunch and dinner at the ranch, which can be taken to the volunteer accommodation. The dinner is cooked by the lodge manager and waits for the volunteers after work.
On the weekends or on your days off, you take care of your food yourself. Soft drinks, alcohol, snacks etc. are not included. Little things you get in a small shop, about 10 minutes from the lodge or the owners of the farm take you into the city.
Please indicate on the registration whether you have any allergies, incompatibilities, etc. Then it can be taken into account.
Calculate the fees in your own currency
- Placement at project personally visited & approved by a Claim Victory member.
- Detailed information & service package with all needed information
- Flight suggestions & checking of travel insurance
- List of fellow travelers who will be joining you at the project
- Airport transfers (Pick up & drop off) at Cape Town international airport
- 1 Night Hostel accommodation in Cape Town
- All project-related transport
- All project-related costs (Accommodation, meals & activities as stipulated in the information provided)
- Dedicated volunteer coordinator located on-site at the project
- 24/7 Local emergency assist number of Claim Victory
- Feedback/Debriefing (Optional)
- Certificate of volunteering (Optional)
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