Wildlife Awareness and Rehab
This is a perfect project for those wanting to get involved in animal awareness and rehabilitation, as well as veterinary students! You’ll work in a Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre that provides life-saving care and veterinary treatment to wild animals in distress.
As well as feeding the wildlife animals and enclosure enrichment, you’ll also be involved in the care and medical treatment of animals.
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From £1,795 (approx. US$2,240) for 2 weeks, plus £395 (approx. US$495) for each additional week
From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates and Availability:
All year round, with arrivals (and departures) on Mondays to Fridays
Minimum age 18. No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a love of animals and their conservation. Please note, you will need to be able to carry out physical tasks daily as part of your placement.
►Arranging your Programme
►Full pre-departure support and assistance
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at George Airport
►Transfer to your project site, plus return transfer to Knysna at the end of your placement
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included:
Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer from Knysna to George Airport.
Who can do this Project?
This project is open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in veterinary and care for animal welfare and rehabilitation. An excellent placement if you want to learn about rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and doing animal-related voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Work Content & Description
The nature of the work includes partly veterinary and partly care work with animals. There are two main sections to this project that you’ll be rotated on weekly.
The Wildlife and wild cat awareness centre (for the public); and
The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Clinic (not for the public).
Assisting in the Awareness Centre
To fund the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, the centre offers small group programs throughout the day with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour.
The awareness centre homes captive bred ‘ambassador’ animals where a few select animals are bred and used for education and awareness purposes, which is vital to conservation efforts. Note: This should not be confused with a ‘breeding centre’ (which has no conservation value).
The work you’ll be involved with at the Awareness Centre could include …
Assisting with vaccinations and inoculations of ambassador animals
Assisting with giving the cheetah its diabetes medication
Assisting the animal keepers and the veterinary nurse with animal enrichments
Preparing food and feeding animals
Monitoring animals’ behaviour and general animal husbandry
Assisting in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Clinic
This area of the rehabilitation centre is not open to the public. Here you’ll be able to assist with much needed care for the animals in the unit, such as:
Check the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in the mornings
Administrating medications and hydration
Food preparations and feeding, which can involve various methods like hand-feeding through tubes, cropping etc. This would be twice a day or more depending on the animal in the clinic
New admissions assessments
Relocating animals to other enclosures onsite
Assisting with hard releases into the wild
Assisting with animals in soft release enclosures
Helping to administer Physiotherapy to animals that are injured and need it
Assessing the animals’ behaviour and monitoring them while they’re in the hospital and clinic.
You’ll work 6 days on and 1 day off per week, however, although additional days off can be requested if necessary.
ABOUT THE CENTRE:
The centre is based in the magical Garden Route area of South Africa, just north of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. It is one of the largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres in the Western Cape, and one of the few in the world that admits both marine and terrestrial species!
Between 250 and 450 animals and birds are treated annually at the Centre, with roughly 4 new admissions a week and up to 30 in care at one specific time. Besides terrestrial animals and birds, they also treat marine animals (penguins and sea-birds) and are the only recognized penguin rehabilitation facility in the area. Animals in the animal centre include some of the following:
Lions, Serval cats, African Wildcats, Cheetahs, Caracals, African Leopard, Meerkats, Water Mongoose, Honey Badger, penguins, various birds like Blue Cranes and Marabou storks ... and more.
In 2016, the centre treated over 200 penguins, 25 seals, 14 turtles and 100’s of pelagical birds, like albatross and gannets, and even flamingos. They also treat a lot of raptors.
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE! Help children, animals and conservation around the world. Gain valuable work experience and new skills. All ages & nationalities welcome. EXPLORE a new culture from the inside on worthwhile, well-structured projects.
FLEXIBLE: From two weeks to one year - you choose your dates and duration.
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