Volunteers are involved in all day-to-day activities at this project and have become a pivotal part of the animal care and treatment at the centre.
The project is often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, there are a number of ‘permanent residents’ at the centre which are used as ambassadors for their species. They remain at the centre for members of the public to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures.
A large part of the student’s duties is to care for these animals, and this involves everything from feeding, cleaning and providing stimulation for our more intelligent residents (such as the honey badgers). Whilst working at this project, volunteers will be involved in any call-out, drop-off or hand-raising of baby animals brought to the centre.
We are also actively involved in research on the movements and behaviour of leopards. To date, a number of leopards have been captured and collared for this research and the results have been astounding. During your stay, you may be lucky enough to be involved in the capture or release of a leopard. The research also extends to a number of vulture species and we monitor those who visit our vulture restaurant on a daily basis.
Day to Day Tasks
The day begins at 07H00. Volunteers meet at the clinic, where they are allocated specific duties. Please make sure you arrive on time. The priority of the day will be the feeding and cleaning of all the animals and their enclosures in the morning and in the afternoon. During the rest of the day there are general Rehab tasks that need to be done. Working with raw meat and dead chickens is part of the day. There is no typical day at the Wildlife Care Centre....anything can happen! Everything that happens just adds to your experience here in Africa. Working with animals can scramble up al your plans made, can delay meals and rob you of your sleep. Please note that you will be working with wild animals and this can be dangerous.