Rehabilitation assistant Rehabilitation assistant Badplaas, South Africa DIY Wild
Helping wildlife requires a lot of work! So we need volunteers to help us in our struggle by participating in the daily tasks of the center.

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Project Details

Rehabilitation of animals to wildlife and life in the South African bush.

DIY Wild is a wildlife rehabilitation association located in South Africa in the Mpulamanga region. It was created in 2012 by Sarah and Greg Mitchell in order to protect the unpopular vervet monkeys in this area.
Our association was created because there was no center for vervet monkeys in the Mpumalanga region. The monkeys were therefore euthanized. So now we have a place to take care of them and rehabilitate them in the wild so that they can be released in a more secure place. The association has now extended to all wounded, orphaned, or ex-pets. So we have baboons, antelopes, mongooses, predators type servals and all other species.

Our main goal it's to give back the freedom to the animals.

We currently have more than 100 animals undergoing rehabilitation, which requires a lot of time and work. That's why we need volunteers all the time. Without the volunteers the association could not exist.
The majority of animals arrive during the baby season (from November to February) because the mothers were killed for different reasons.

During this time, you will be a foster mom for babies . So you  will need to bottle feed them, look after them, and take care of them as a mother would do with her child. Depending on the age and situation, we may ask you to sleep with them and to be a permanent mother or father for them which is an incredible experience to live.
For the rest of the year, you will be involved in the routine (feeding and cleaning) but aslo other projects as helping in the garden, building new cages, making enrichment, ...

Our association is based in the Mpumalanga bush near Badplass, about 1.30 hours from Nelspruit and about 2 hours from Kruger Park where you can go see the big 5.
Being far from everything, we live as a community which is also an experience. Relearn how to live together, working for the same goal.

If you love animal protection, nature and want to give your time for a cause you care about or for the experience, DIY Wild is the perfect place to volunteer.

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NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Sarah Mitchell
Sarah Mitchell
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

In 7 years we have taken care of more than 300 animals, released 3 troops of vervet monkeys, 3 troops of mongooses, and various animals such as warthog, antelopes, servals, ect. 
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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