African Zoological Facility

Volunteering Program in South Africa

Program available for solo travellers

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This project is 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.

Important Information:
  • Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks
  • Region: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Price per person: From 1370€ – 5915€
  • Included: Transfers, Accommodation, Meals, and Volunteer Activities. 
  • Physical Work 90% 90%
  • Community Work 55% 55%
  • Marine Wildlife 51% 51%

Role of the volunteer

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.

Highlights:

      • 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. 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. 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.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation:

  • 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. The house has room for 18 volunteers.

Meals:

  • From Monday to Friday there is breakfast,  lunch, and dinner. 
  • On the weekends or on your days off, you take care of your food yourself. 
  • Soft drinks, alcohol, snacks, etc. are not included.
  • You go to town twice per week to buy essential items at the supermarket

Please inform us about your dietary requirements when making your booking

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Accommodation at the Wildlife foundation South Africa volunteering program
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The Booking Process

1. Complete our FREE application form

Complete our free online application form indicating when you would like to start and how long you want to participate. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

2. We send you a invoice and contract

Once we have confirmation of your placement, we will send a invoice and service agreement. You will have two weeks to accept the offer.

3. Deposit payment to secure your booking

Once you have paid the deposit, we will confirm your placement. The balance of your invoice is only payable two weeks prior to arrival. 

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