Wildlife Volunteering: About the projects
Buntle Ba Afrika Project
Located in the Rooiberg area in the Limpopo Province, South Africa and totals +-2400 Ha. This project has a variety of animals within its borders such as Buffalo, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Impala, Nyala, Kudu, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Zebra, Waterbuck, Bush buck, Warthog, Bush pig, Baboons, Ostrich, Springbuck, Sable and Duiker. The touch farm also has a variety of animals such as rabbits, serval, monkeys, crocodiles, ducks and chickens.
Lion & Cheetah Monitoring & Tracking Project
Situated on 18 000 acres of land north of Pretoria, the wildlife, including small cheetah and lion are free-roaming and the project goals are for creating a safe area for cheetahs, rhinos, leopards and the last free roaming lion population in the Southern Hemisphere. Volunteers track and monitor these animals in the area to gain a better understanding of the animal’s movement patterns and to keep them safe.
Predator Adventure Project
Located in the Free State, this project combines a predator park, a game reserve and a breeding project and is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to discover the splendor and the elegance of lion predators. The predator park has lion, leopard, tigers, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, wild dog, servile, caracal and many other species.
Rhino, Elephant & Horse Project
The project is run on a vast, rugged reserve in the north of Limpopo. The project is dedicated to conserving rhinos and elephants through active tracking, locating and monitoring on a daily basis on this 40 000 acre reserve. The horse project runs in the same area and is dedicated to the upkeep of horses.
What can volunteers expect to do?
Volunteers are given the opportunity to assist in a wide range of activities, including, but not be limited to: tracking and monitoring of wild animals, awareness in local communities and on farms. Daily maintenance work such as fence checks, water pipe repairs and general reserve maintenance form part of the daily duties. Another important element is taking part in wildlife conservation projects which include general reserve activities. Activities such as recording and reporting on animal movements, searching for animals at night during night drives and placing and checking remote cameras for tracking.
Examples of tasks and activities that volunteers could be involved in:
- Tracking & monitoring of wild animals
- Collaring projects for monitoring purposes
- Game Capture (seasonal)
- Feeding of animals
- Game management
- Cleaning & constructing of new enclosures
- Fence patrol & bush control
- General maintenance and upkeep of facilities including fence monitoring
- Community awareness and educational activities on conversation matters
- Caring for predator cubs (lion, cheetah, tigers, leopards etc.)
- Making bottles and feeding cubs
What characteristic traits are we looking for in a volunteer?
Wildlife Volunteer projects require friendly, enthusiastic team players who are willing to work in an outdoor environment. These projects afford volunteers a once in a lifetime experience. Work can be quite physical at times and volunteers are required to assist with a range of activities. Volunteers are required to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. A typical day involves spending long periods of time out in the field and a love for nature and the outdoors is a must.
What can volunteers expect in terms of accommodation and food?
Accommodation and food is provided by the project and can vary from permanent tented camps with beds and open air bathrooms to chalet type rooms. All camps have flushing toilets and hot running water. Grocery supplies for meals are provided by the project; volunteers assist in the preparation of meals and follow a schedule for kitchen duties.