Big Cat Volunteer South Africa
Our vision is to operate a wildlife reserve that promotes the conservation and rehabilitation of African wild cats and predators, and to provide a safe haven for wildlife that cannot be released back into the wild.
At the centre we aim to:
- Secure the conservation of various wildlife species
- Educate local schools and the community about African wildlife
- Educate volunteers about animal conservation practices
- Care for sick, injured, and orphaned animals
- Preserve wildlife heritage in Africa
- Eradicate the destructive practice of breeding African big cats for tourism purposes and end the process of Canned Hunting
The Centre is located in the well-known Free State province, which borders the Northern Cape. The predator farm is situated only 30 km from the historical town of Kimberley, on the National Road (the N8). The farm is home to an abundance of animals; we are a home to 42 predators and 2 monkeys – the predators include: 4 cheetahs, 20 lions, 4 caracals, 2 servals, 1 African wild cat, 2 black back jackals, and 9 bat-eared foxes. These animals are taken in to be cared for because of various reasons; some cannot live in the wild on their own if they are sick or were abandoned, and many are rescued from unethical processes like canned hunting and breeding for tourism purposes. When it is possible, we strive to release our animals back into the wild where they can live freely without any human interaction.
The centre was founded in 2010 by the Burger family when Chris zanne and Nicol Burger adopted 2 animals from a project where they previously worked. These animals were moved to the centre and cared for by the Burger family. This action was the foundation for the continued conservation and rehabilitation work that takes place at the Centre. Around this time, the Burger family learned about Canned Hunting (a method of hunting in which an animal is kept in a confined area such as a fenced enclosure to vastly increase the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill for trophy purposes), which sparked the desire to work towards the eradication of this process and rescue African cats from hazardous environments.
Future Plans for Centre – We are currently busy expanding the enclosures on the farm. These enclosures will be geared towards mimicking a natural area for play and roaming. Each enclosure will accommodate the specific species’ needs. Every enclosure will consist of tree logs, a climbing area, and adequate space to roam. The Centre currently has over 1000 hectares of pure Free State farmland available to expand the project and ensure the wellbeing of the animals in our care. We do not intend to breed with our lions or to buy in any more cubs in the future.
Released back into the wild
Since the start of the farm in 2010, we have released 2 Caracals on Nicky Oppenheimers Reserve, Tswalu. We have also released more animals on the Langberg Guest Farm, as well as on our own farm. Some of these animals include; Jakkels, Meerkats, missel jaatkatte (Cape Genet), African Wild Cats, Muishonde and more.
- You will be able to listen to the sounds of cats calling throughout the night
- Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful cats, but your accommodation is also situated in close proximity to all of the cat enclosures.
- You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
- You will have the opportunity to work face to face, with big cats and other wildlife.
- Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like
- Return Transfer from Johannesburg Airport
- All meals
- 24 hour support and supervisor
- Donation to the project
- Transport to town on day off
What's Not Included
- Travel Insurance
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