Caring for Wolves

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Coordinator | Sharon
Coordinator | Sharon
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Assist with enrichment of rescued Wolves, Wolf dogs and Huskies at a sanctuary keeping them stimulated in captivity making "bark boxes', grooming and walking
Help with the feeding and care of rescued Marmosets, Alpacas and farm animals which live at the sanctuary
Take part in food preparation and feeding of various species of animals and learn about their diet and needs
Spend time with the rescued huskies assisting to socialise them
Jam packed weekends filled with extreme sports, whale & dolphin watching, local markets, lagoon cruises, beach & forest walks, wildlife safaris & animal sanctuaries
Give hands-on help at a wolf and animal sanctuary working with rescued wolves, wolf dogs and rescued huskies and other animals like marmosets and farm animals This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

Surrounded by beautiful pine forests, this beautiful, serene 6-hectare sanctuary, founded in 2000, is home to rescued ex-pets and animals from the exotic pet trade. There are two areas that you could help with, one being with the wolves, wolf dogs, huskies, marmosets, tortoises and the other with the farmyard animals like the goats, pigs, sheep, horses, donkeys, emu, alpacas and bunnies.

You would work as part of a team under the animal manager and between duties, have time to spend special moments with the animals.

You will work Monday to Friday with plenty of time to explore the neighbouring areas on weekends from blue flag beaches, hiking, wildlife reserves, animal sanctuaries to getting to partake in the fantastic extreme sports the area has to offer

Currently there are several packs comprising of wolves, wolf dogs, huskies and 2 marmoset brothers. The wolves, wolf dogs and huskies get fed once a day while the marmosets need to be fed twice a day

The farmyard animals get fed three times a day so lots of feeding routines to help with

Morning feeds start early at 8.00 am and the day normally ends at 5pm with lots of little breaks in-between. Please be aware some of the animals are fed a healthy raw food diet so meat is handled and needs to be prepared

Your duties may include:

  • Food preparation- you will receive instruction on how to do this and what each animal’s diet is and how much to give them
  • Feeding routines through designated areas of the sanctuary
  • Checking the fences of the nature sanctuary
  • Cleaning, tidying, and repairing animal enclosures
  • Building new enclosures and expanding existing enclosures
  • Making animal enrichments like “bark boxes” and of course they love soft toys, so any donations are always welcome although they do not last too long
  • Walking and running the huskies. This needs to be done to alleviate boredom. The huskies in particular love a lot of attention. One of the huskies has Down Syndrome so in his case, a more slower pace walk is needed
  • Grooming and playing with the huskies
  • Removing alien and invasive vegetation around the sanctuary
  • Guiding tourists around the sanctuary and helping with the wolf tours. This is also a great way to learn about the background of the animals that are homed at the sanctuary
  • Helping with cutting firebreaks around the sanctuary
  • Assisting with general duties in the restaurant
  • Unloading deliveries
  • Administration work and any other general maintenance or project needed at the time
  • Assisting with social media- great photos of the animals are always appreciated
If you have any specific skills or qualifications that you feel could be of extra help, please let us know

Typical day

Typical day

  • 7.00am – Wake up, freshen up, grab a bite to eat for breakfast and prepare a light lunch for the day
  • 7.30am – You will be collected at your accommodation by your volunteer coordinator to be taken to the sanctuary
  • 8.00am to 9.00am – Arrive at the sanctuary to help prepare the food for and start the feeding routines
  • 9.00am to 10.00am – Time to do the rounds of the sanctuary and check that all is in order with the enclosures and animals
  • 10.00 am to 10.30am -Tea break
  • 10.30am to 1pm – Allocated volunteer daily duties or project
  • 1.00 to 2.00pm – Break for lunch
  • 2.00pm to 5.00pm – Complete your daily project and if finished early, enjoy some quiet time with the animals
  • 5.00pm- Your volunteer coordinator will collect you and drive you back to your volunteer accommodation or you may choose to spend a bit of time at the shops

Free-time activities

The area that Knysna is situated is the Garden Route of the province of the Western Cape and it is a dream for animal lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts as there are numerous private wildlife reserves, national parks, whale watching, predator sanctuaries, primate sanctuaries, elephant sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, skydiving, paragliding, sandboarding, ziplining, numerous interesting markets, quaint shops and fantastic restaurants so boredom is not an option and weekends are jam-packed. It is very easy to find your feet, so volunteers tend to settle in within a few days. You will be given a site induction  on arrival

Included in the project is a tour of the Saturday markets and a wildlife reserve- entry for your own cost-and a Sunday welcome braai (BBQ) to experience true South African hospitality and traditional meals to add to your experience of South African culture

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In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Students studying zoology, conservation or veterinary medicine are also welcome. Those with a background in dog training, behaviourists or rescue would be a bonus
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Int. Adventures
The cost of the project includes accommodation, a food allowance, daily transport to and from Knysna to the project, airport collections and drop offs 

from George or Plettenberg Bay airport  staff on the ground available for emergencies 24/7 and to oversee your stay and safety, marketing costs, donations to the project, a Saturday tour of markets and a wildlife safari- entrance fee for your own cost-and a Sunday lunch braai (BBQ) either at the beach or the forest with all the trimmings with true South African hospitality.  

 The Saturday tour and Sunday braai are included for those booking 15 days and longer. For those booking 14 days, only one or the other, is included

Airport Pickup at George Airport
Airport collection and drop off is included . You will need to fly into George Airport for your airport collection where you will be met by your Volunteer International Adventures representative and driven to your volunteer accommodation in Knysna. On completion of your project, you will be returned to George Airport in time for your flight
The volunteer accommodation is a self-catering shared apartment in the centre of the town of Knysna close to shopping malls, restaurants, take-aways, gyms, nightlife, entertainment areas and essential services. There is security and the area is safe to walk around during the day. Accommodation is either shared with another volunteer or single depending on volunteer numbers with each room having its own bedroom with either double or twin beds, a TV, bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet. There is a braai facility and kitchen for meals. There is also WIFI, satellite TV and a washing machine. Couples, friends, and families can be accommodated. Knysna also has taxis, shuttles and Uber for getting around.
Food & Beverages
You will receive a food allowance for your basic food essentials for preparing your meals. You will be taken for a grocery shop as part of your induction on your arrival. This means that you can choose the specific food if you have set dietary requirements. There is a kitchen for cooking
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is George Airport (GRJ) in George. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Starting days are Monday to Friday all year round
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
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12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$585 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Volunteer Int. Adventures will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Int. Adventures during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Caring for Wolves

Give hands-on help at a wolf and animal sanctuary working with rescued wolves, wolf dogs and rescued huskies and other animals like marmosets and farm animals


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