Ethical Predator Sanctuary Supporter

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Coordinator | Sharon
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High­lights

A project for the big cat lovers who understand that no breeding, no petting and no trading takes place with true big cat sanctuaries.
Meet the resident wild cats and get to know their unique individual characters while helping with their care. The black leopard and white lion are especially unique!
The fun part- learn about animal enrichment and how to keep wildlife stimulated in captivity as these wild cats are non-releasable so will live their natural lives at the sanctuary
Great for Gappers, career breakers, families, post-retirement gappers, animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, volunteers who like to get hands-on, those with DIY skills, conservation students
Lots to do in your spare time from diving with sharks, whale & dolphin watching, wine & beer tasting or just visiting the closest city for shopping and a bite to eat
Volunteer at an extremely ethical predator sanctuary with the care of lions, tigers, leopard, cheetah, caracal and jackal in the beautiful Western Cape This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

In a rural area surrounded by indigenous fauna and flora you will find this incredible sanctuary which has become the forever home for many rescued big cats and predators providing a safe and stimulating environment and sanctuary for the rest of their natural lives. As the years have gone by the project has grown from strength to strength with the help of volunteers with more big cats finding sanctuary and enclosures being upgraded and improved to incorporate platforms, water features and even an amazing enrichment enclosure which ensures they have the best possible life in captivity as these are all non-releasable animals that have been saved from some very negative backgrounds.

Volunteer duties may vary and may depend on certain factors such as what’s required at the time, the weather, veterinary treatment or preparing for a new animal arriving

Volunteer duties

  • Caring for the amazing big cats

Caring for the animals means anything from spending time with Bella, the tiger, as she loves to go for walks, or Max the caracal who also loves to walk (of course on different sides of the fence), sit outside the animals’ enclosures just being in and feeling their presence, and they feel yours, giving them daily reassurance and distraction from being captive. We often recommend to bring a book or diary or drawing paper – whatever is suitable for the different people. You may also be involved in preparing special medication for the animals that need it. The cats’ condition is also checked daily, which you will be responsible for, and report if anything seems out of the ordinary.

  • Enrichment program

You, as a volunteer, personally make enrichment for the animals, and it is all about thinking outside the box! You can make big animals out of cardboard boxes, paper mache balls or structures, make structures out of tyres, make sensory enrichment to stimulate the cats’ smells, with anything from herbs, to fruits, peanut butter, honey, etc. You can also make jumping obstacles, rolling toys and create structures where the animals must use their strength to get through/over. The sky is the limit, although everything is monitored and rules do apply with regards to safety for the animals.

  • Assist with feeding

The feeding runs off a flexible schedule, and not on routine, as this is not in the best interest for the animals as in the wild, there is no routine with the eating habits of big cats. The project believes in making feeds random with both type of meat, size of portions, and times of feeding. Some days they will get a very large portion and not get food for three days, and some days a small portion early morning, small portion next day, medium portion two days later in the evening, etc. They feed as freshly as possible, so when they know a horse/cow/antelope is coming in, they try and feed that day to give them the most nutritious food possible.

  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures

Every enclosure is cleaned once to three times a week, depending on the animal and size of enclosure. Water bowls and feeding camps also need daily check-ups and the fences are checked every morning and every afternoon to make sure the electricity is working, and that all the fences are in order. When cleaning the enclosures there are always things needing to be repaired, whether fixing or upgrading the wild cat’s houses, trees, taking out weeds or alien invasive plants, planting new bushes, fixing fences, etc.  

  • General farm work

At the sanctuary there are many things that need to be kept maintained, so you will help daily with anything from clearing of alien vegetation, fixing of fences, building of structures, planting, making flowerbeds, fixing the tourist area, clearing of fire breaks, fixing roads, painting, making presentations and so forth. Everyone has different wishes and specialities, and we try our best to make it the most fun for you, and also let you put your “signature” on something while you are there!

  • Educating visitors

Assist staff with educational visits for the public. You’ll also join some tours so that you get a proper understanding of the education they provide on big cats, and understand more about what the sanctuary is about. You may be asked to assist with day events and stalls at markets to raise awareness with the public. During the year fundraisers also take place which you may get involved in. These are normally to raise funds for a specific cause like a veterinary clinic onsite, eye surgery, animal relocation etc

Typical day

To keep things as close to how things are found in the wild especially with feeding, there is no fixed schedule so the daily scheduled is varied. There will be a difference between summer and winter months due to temperature and hours of light during the day. Morning starts with a meeting where the day’s schedule is planned and set up for you. There will be plenty of breaks during the morning and afternoon projects, and flexibility for sightseeing activities in the area too- of which there are plenty of things to do!

07.00 am- Wake up, wash and get ready
07.30 am- Help yourself to breakfast with the food provided
08.00 am- Morning meeting
08.15 am- Staff morning project which could be any of the volunteer duties listed above
12.00 pm- Break for lunch with a meal provided for you
15.00 pm- Afternoon volunteer duties
18.00pm- Make your dinner
19.00pm- Relax, swim, read, contemplate on the meaning of life, listening to the lions roar…



Free-time activities

You will need to fly into Cape Town International Airport for your collection. This area of the Western Cape province has so much to offer surrounded by wine farms, craft breweries, hiking trails, sea kayaking, river cruises, quad biking, zip lining, paragliding, bird watching, whale & dolphin watching, horse riding, picturesque towns, stretches of untouched coastline, scenic views and even white shark diving. It is also possible to also do a four hour round trip to Cape Agulhas, the ‘Southern Most Tip of Africa’

If wildlife, nature and beaches interest you, it is a perfect part of South Africa to volunteer in

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Gappers, career breakers, families, post-retirement gappers, animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, volunteers who like to get hands-on, those with DIY skills, conservation students are all welcome
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Int. Adventures
The project cost includes 2 vegetarian meals a day (breakfast and lunch), accommodation, meeting you at the airport, airport collection and drop-off,  pre-departure support, in-country staff and 24- emergency help. 
Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport
Airport collections and  drop offs are scheduled for Saturdays from Cape Town International Airport between 10am and 2pm. On collection you will be met and then taken to your project which is a 2 hour drive away from Cape Town 
Accommodation
The volunteer accommodation is in a stunning house in the most beautiful with shared natural setting a mere 5-minute walk from the sanctuary itself so at night you can hear the roars of the lions. A totally unforgettable sound! Bedrooms and bathrooms are shared with a maximum of three people. There are three bedrooms. There is also a dam for hot summer days and an outside braai area. It is up to the volunteers to keep their living spaces tidy. Linen is provided. There is WIFI in the house for a small weekly charge so you can easily keep contact with friends and family on mail, social media and skype. 
Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Vegetarian breakfasts and lunch's are provided. Dinners are for the volunteers own expense. Volunteers often assist preparing meals in the communal kitchen and help washing up afterwards. Once a week volunteers will be taken to a nearby town for shopping for extras they might need for their dinners
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 Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All year around starting on a Saturday. You will need to fly into Cape Town International Airport between 10am and 2pm for your collection and then will be taken to the project
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,310
3 weeks
$1,769
4 weeks
$2,227
5 weeks
$2,686
6 weeks
$3,144
7 weeks
$3,603
8 weeks
$4,061
9 weeks
$4,520
10 weeks
$4,978
11 weeks
$5,437
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,895
Average fees
$573 /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%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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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Ethical Predator Sanctuary Supporter

Volunteer at an extremely ethical predator sanctuary with the care of lions, tigers, leopard, cheetah, caracal and jackal in the beautiful Western Cape

$438/week

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