Helping Hands 4 Wildlife

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Rehabilitation of animals to wildlife and life in the South African bush.
Helping Hands 4 Wildlife, formally known as DIY Wild (under new ownership since May 2021) is a wildlife rehabilitation association located in South Africa in the Mpumalanga region. It was created in 2012 by Sarah and Greg Mitchell in order to protect the unpopular vervet monkeys in this area.
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Helping Hands 4 Wildlife, formally known as DIY Wild (under new ownership since May 2021) is a wildlife rehabilitation association located in South Africa in the Mpumalanga region. It was created in 2012 by Sarah and Greg Mitchell in order to protect the unpopular vervet monkeys in this area.
The 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 into the wild so that they can be released in a more secure area. 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 is 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, Helping Hands 4 Wildlife is the perfect place to volunteer.

Contact Person

Nicky Horn

Spoken languages: English
  Very high response rate

Helping Hands 4 Wildlife reviews

Delphine Durand rating5.0

2023 at Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer

My experience in the Helping Hands 4 Wildlife was the best experience of my life. All of them were kind and were always trying to help me to feel comfortable. Nicky is a very hearty woman who takes wonderful care of all her volonteers, she has become our adoptive mom. Flore, Matt and the other staff ...
Sergej Brukner rating5.0

2023 at Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer

My time at Helping Hands 4 Wildlife was more than I could have possibly imagined. Volunteering at the rehabilitation centre for wild animals was truly a life-changing experience in all aspects given. Not only because of the hands-on work with different animals, it was also refreshing to work under ...
Romane Regnaud rating5.0

2023 at Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer

I enjoyed this experience so much. This was a great way to get out of my comfort zone. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. The excursions were awesome. Thank you Camilla and Tabo, you are the best ...
Staying, working and living in the Helping Hands 4 Wildlife Family is one of the most beautiful experiences I‘ve ever had. Nicky is a very hearty woman who takes wonderful care of all her volunteers, she has become our mom on the other side of the world. There is always something to do, you are ...
Rosalinda Loffeld rating4.6

2022 at Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer

Nicky is an unbelievably passionate woman who, together with her staff Ziswe, Beauty and others, work so hard to not only provide the best for the animals in their care but also for the volunteers who come to help fulfill the mission to release these animals back into the wild as soon as possible. ..
Lodewijk Buitenhuis rating3.0

2019 at Vervet Monkey Rehabilitation Volunteer

Its a place that has friendly staff. Be prepared to work hard. But the help you provide for the animals will be satisfying. Depending on the group a small party is possible and some nice bbq’s (braai). I was there during a release, which was amazing. Two big downsides for me though. If you ...

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