We invite you to come and work with our beautiful cheetahs, and help us save this incredible species. This volunteer programme is designed to introduce you to the fascinating aspects of cheetah conservation at the Cheetah Breeding and Reintroduction Centre in South Africa.
Cheetah Re-Introduction Project Parys, 1,5 hours drive from Johannesburg
Including the Kruger Trip (volunteers will need to start on the 15th of the month)
2 Week Placement: R15 280 (approx GBP1100 or US1775)
3 Week Placement: R19 350 (approx GBP1390 or US2240)
Excluding the Kruger Trip (volunteers will need to start on the 1st of the month)
2 Week Placement: R11 065 (approx GBP800 or US1285)
3 Week Placement: R16 565 (approx GBP1190 or US1920)
- Enclosure maintenance (i.e. keeping the grass short, removing rocks and thorns which could get in the cheetahs paws)
- Preparing the meat and feeding the cheetahs
- Enclosure cleaning (i.e. picking up waste every day to avoid the spread of bacteria, scrubbing and disinfecting water bowls, cleaning straw in their houses, etc. Once a week a more thorough clean is carried out, where rocks and ledges they waste on are washed down to avoid the spread of bacteria; the straw in their houses is cleaned; as well as their water bowls being disinfected and scrubbed out)
- Cleaning the cheetah kitchen, where the meat gets prepared, as it needs to be kept spotlessly clean and hygienic at all times
- Exercising the cheetahs with the lure and training them to hunt by associating running and chasing with meat
- Helping monitor and interact with any cubs over the age of three months
- Alien plant species removal
- General reserve maintenance
- Creating fire breaks around the cheetah camps
- Organising and implementing cheetah enrichment and stimulation
- Preparing the land for Phase 2 (i.e. clearing the overgrown plants, removing rubbish, fencing, etc)
- Monitoring the cheetahs, using sight mainly (but always maintaining a distance) and radio collars if necessary - checking they are feeding themselves ok and are healthy
- Maintaining the levels of prey species in the area and removing old carcasses - cheetahs only eat fresh meat, so the old carcasses need to be removed as cheetahs will not return to a kill
- Regularly checking the fence for any damage or holes, and checking the area for any snares or other danger
- Organising and monitoring the breeding of cheetahs and subsequent raising of any cubs - obviously from afar so the cubs remain naturally afraid of humans
- Assisting with the removal of cubs, once at a suitable age, for transportation to another reserve
- Please note that for Phase 2 there is no interaction with the cheetahs, as they need to lose their dependence on humans, and to be able to raise their cubs in a human-free environment
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Parys, 1,5 hours drive from Johannesburg
What will I be doing?
Work and interact hands-on with cheetah every day on a beautiful wildlife reserve
- Working and interacting hands-on with our resident cheetahs every day, including exclusive ‘cheetah time’ every afternoon!
- Helping to monitor any young cheetah cubs we might have during your stay
- Learning about cheetahs and the environment they live in
- Exploring and discovering the African bush through our monthly day trip to Kruger National Park (only guaranteed for volunteers joining us for four weeks)
- Making friends for life with the staff and your fellow volunteers!
- Programme Fee – this is the large bulk of the program cost and finances all aspects of the cheetah breeding and reintroduction work, for example enclosure improvements and feeding the cheetahs
- Return transfers to and from Johannesburg International Airport (O. R. Tambo)
- All accommodation, food and housekeeping costs
- All transportation and equipment required to carry out your project work
- Complete 24 hour support and guidance from the project management team
- All wildlife and conservation education during your stay
- ALSO INCLUDED in your project experience is a 4 day wildlife safari experience at the world famous Kruger National Park – ONLY if you are doing a 4 week placement or starting the project on the 15th of the month!
- Return flights to Johannesburg International Airport (O. R. Tambo)
- Any items of a personal nature, such as gifts and curios and additional food, drinks and snacks
- Internet access
- The appropriate personal medical insurance, which must cover the entire duration of your programme, and should include cover for repatriation and any activities that you will undertake, including working with animals
- Any additional trips or activities organised in your free time
No previous knowledge or experience is required. All we want from you is willingness to work, a desire to learn and a passion for wildlife.
The programme is open to anyone from the age of 18 to 55, however all participants must be in good health and able to carry out all duties required of them.
Regardless of your dietary preferences, it is important to note that you are expected to be fully involved in the preparation of the meat (usually horses and donkeys) for feeding the cheetahs (this includes removing the meat from the bone). You will be fully supervised at all times.