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Limpopo Province, 33 kilometers from Hoedspruit and nearby to Kruger National Park
This center is a non-profit organization, open to the public and relying entirely on public support. Project Volunteers will be involved in many aspects of conservation and animal care under professional supervision. Wildlife is brought to the center from all corners of South Africa, and once healthy enough, are reintroduced into their natural habitats. Those animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to the nature or extent of their injuries are cared for at the center and become ambassador animals, used to educate the many people who visit us each year, both from across South Africa and abroad. Another important function of the center is breeding. The center has successfully bred and released into the wild the endangered crowned eagle, serval and many others.
Volunteers will be involved in many aspects of conservation and animal care. They will also work and live with volunteers and professional staff from around the world. If a volunteer wants to increase his or her chance to see baby animals, we recommend they come from November-March, which is our baby season.
Some of your tasks may include:
Please note that, due to the nature of rehabilitation work, nothing is predictable or guaranteed, including which types of animals are at the center at any given time.
Internet: There is Internet access at the volunteer house for a small fee.
Laundry: A laundry service is available.
Accommodations: Shared, single-gender accommodations are provided in a comfortable, brick bungalow. Rooms are shared with two to six volunteers. There are shared bathrooms with a hot shower and flushing toilets, as well as a large kitchen and living area. Linens are provided, but please bring your own towel.
Food: Three meals per day are provided. Lunch is served at the volunteer house. For dinner, volunteers are transferred to and from the lodge, which gives them a chance to see nocturnal animals. Twice a week volunteers go out for dinner, once to the local lodge (no extra charge) and once to a local restaurant, which is not expensive but is at an additional cost. This is optional and if you do not want to join, you can notify the coordinator who will arrange a meal at the lodge.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:
Quiet time is on Sundays, and although volunteers still tend to the feeding of all the animals, there is ample relaxation time. If volunteers want to get active, educational trips can be organized to nearby attractions, including the stunning Kruger National Park for an extra fee.
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