Weekly Schedule & Activities
Volunteers work 5 days a week, Monday to Friday and have weekends off. You will cover different aspects of conservation work and visit different projects. When at the project, you'll need adequate sun protection, a water bottle and garden/working gloves.
Volunteers have the opportunity to work at several different animal projects. Your tasks include preparing food and feeding the animals, cleaning, building and painting animal sanctuaries, animal tracking and weed removal in the wildlife reserve.
1) Cheetah & Wild Dog Breeding Center
The center’s mission is to ensure the continuous survival of our cheetah population, as well as the stabilizing of the critically endangered African wild dog numbers. Founded in 1971, the center has been nominated, and won, various local and international awards for the contribution to long term conservation goals with these species.
Volunteers will be involved in the day-to-day running of the park, working with the cheetahs, wild dog and other animals. Duties include preparing food, removing alien vegetation, as well as repairing fences. It is truly a great experience to work with these majestic animals.
2) Monkey Project
Primates are under constant threat. They are hunted for meat, body parts or captured as pets and exported illegally to many locations worldwide. We assist with monkeys that were kept as pets and then become unwanted; they are rescued and released into a wild forest with waterfalls and mountain springs. It is very important to have a safe environment where monkeys can be rehabilitated and professionals and volunteers can take care of them.
Your program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about this sanctuary, the history of the monkeys, and how we make a difference in a responsible way. The required tasks include assistance to the staff in the day-to-day management of dietary requirements, observation of behaviour and general maintenance of the reserve.
3) Bird Project
This is a vulture conservation program for advancing knowledge, awareness and innovation in the conservation of African vulture populations. Today, vultures face an unprecedented onslaught of danger from human activities. They have to cope with electrocutions and collisions with electrical structures, poisonings, land-use changes, a decrease in food availability and exposure to toxicity through veterinary drugs, to list just a few of the challenges they face nowadays.
Your program in this sanctuary will start with an educational introduction about this project, the wild birds’ history and how to make a difference in a responsible way. The required tasks include assisting the staff in the day-to-day management such as dietary requirements, supervised handling of the vultures and eagles if needed, and observation of behaviour during breeding season, as well as general maintenance of the reserve.
4) Magaliesberg Biosphere Project
Our project locations are set in the internationally protected UNESCO Magaliesberg biosphere, one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth. The Magaliesberg Biosphere has been declared a reserve in June 2015. Different habitats of the area support an exceptional variety of wildlife and native flora, creating opportunities for many conservation activities. Volunteers participate in regular hiking activities along sections of the mountain side in search for illegal animal traps set throughout the woodland and grassland landscapes. These traps, or snares, are used as a method of cruelly catching wild animals which may fatally walk into one, set illegally by poachers.
Volunteer efforts in finding and removing these snares assists land owners in a current project to prevent various wild animal species from being harmed and illegally hunted, protecting populations of wildlife living in the biosphere reserve to enable survival for the future.
Volunteer tasks include food preparation and feeding, alien and invasive vegetation control, occasional capture, transfer and release of animals and/or birds, foot patrols for fence inspection, snare and trap location and removal, observation of behaviour, seasonal animal counts, general maintenance and management of all facilities. As projects are changing and continually growing, volunteer tasks will change as well.