When looking at the name Feracare you get ‘Fera’ and ‘Care’, meaning the care for wild creatures.
We specialize in cheetah and take great pride in our breeding project.
About the Program
Your program lies at the base of the Waterberg Mountain range on a beautiful 826Ha farm that boasts a variety of fauna and flora.
Our main focus is on conserving the cheetah species and this with our breeding program. Our breeding is a precise science as we pride ourselves on the breeding of the valuable bloodlines needed for the species to continue.
The volunteers are an extremely important part of our program as education is key for conservation. Our program includes many activities like feeding of all the animals on the farm which includes the preparation of the food, cleaning of enclosures, assist in the training and care of ambassador cheetahs, daily maintenance of the farm such as enclosure maintenance, relocating animals to new enclosures, revamping enclosures, ongoing enrichment for all our animals. This is not limited to these tasks as we are a working farm and up keep is endless.
Game counts ,(on the 856ha farm we have free roaming giraffe, zebra, kudu, ostrich, impala, sable, hartebeest, wildebeest, eland and warthogs), are also an important part of volunteer work and is coupled with animal identifcation and part of the learning process for them. We have introduced giraffe idenfication as part of the program which involves the volunteers photographing the giraffes and identifying them via special marks they can see. This data will then be captured for each giraffe. When we do suppliment feed, the volunteers are the ones to put out the feed for our free roaming game.
We pride ourselves that our volunteers are hands on with everything and are educated in conservation matters facing these endangered species. We find the hands-on, ethical approach to be the most rewarding for our volunteers and they go away with a sense of accomplishment and an eagerness to conserve.
As our environment is under huge pressure, our volunteers like to walk down to the dining area in the mornings-this lessens their carbon footprint and immerses them into nature; a walk they thoroughly enjoy.
In addition to the program, their are optional additional activities in the area that they can do on their freetime. these are also currently being reviewed and new additions are in the pipeline.
A day in the life of a volunteer starts with you waking up to the amazing sounds of the bush world and a walk down to breakfast which offers you the opportunity to see the many species on the farm. After breakfast, we generally do the feeding and cleaning and any other tasks we have for the morning, which takes us up to lunch time. After lunch we complete any tasks around the farm that need to be done or completed until we knock off. You will have a period of rest before dinner and the evenings to yourself.
Weekends are your time off, especially Sundays and there are a variety of activities we can arrange for you in the area (at your own cost). It's a long day but a very rewarding one.
Tasks vary on the farm but are of a wide variety so you will be involved in all aspects of running a farm. Tasks may include but are not limited to the following:
We offer a number of free time activities off the property at the volunteers own expenses and cater towards to volunteers need to experience as much as they can during their stay with us. This can range from physical activities such as hiking to adrenaline pumping paintball wars to visiting other accredited facilities in and around the area. We can also offer them custom made tours during their stay. All free time activities are extra and at their own expense.
We will pick you up at O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg on the day of your arrival (unless stipulated elsewhere) and have you back on the day of your departure. One of our friendly staff members will be there waiting for your arrival at the airport with a name board and a brown Feracare shirt.
We have a volunteer house as well as chalets on the property. Linen and towels are provided. All accommodation is sharing 2-3 persons per room(unless stipulated) with sharing bathroom facilities. There is an equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area that is communal. Wifi is also available at the accommodations. Electrical outlets are ample for charging phones and cameras.
Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day. Breakfast is usually breads, spreads, yogurt and cereal with a hot breakfast once a week. Juice, water, coffee, tea etc is available constantly throughout the day and night. Lunch is a light meal (sandwiches, pasta salads, quiche) with dinner being a fully cooked meal such as stews, hamburgers. We cater for all dietary requirements. We also have a town trip once a week where the volunteers can make a list and we purchase any goods they need. Our onsite curio shop also stocks a variety of cool drinks, chocolates, crisps and sweets for the volunteers to munch on.