Big Cats Sanctuary

Get involved with this Big Cat Rescue Centre focussing on Education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity
from ZAR 11,638       Duration: Min 2 weeks
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History of Big Cats and and their fight against survival
Learning more about the different types of Big Cats from all around the Globe
Cheetahs, Lions, Pumas, Jaguars, Bengal Tigers, Leopards are just a few of the cats being looked after.
In House training of volunteers.
Educating tourists about these unique predators.
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Volunteers will be considered if they are hard-working and enthusiastic and prepared to cheerfully fulfil tasks such as walking tourists from our entrance gate to the reception area whilst explaining the basic sanctuary rules on the way; translating documents, webarticles and info sheets; photographing or filming the sanctuary animals and/or assisting with the animal care.

However, we are particularly keen to fill the following positions:

Multilingual rangers/guides

Big Cats, Bird & Monkey Wildlife Sanctuaries funds itself through revenues from tourists who take educational tours in our forests home to over 550 primates, more than 3500 birds and several dozen predator cats and other wildlife.

The tours at each sanctuary are approximately one hour long and must leave the tourists with general primate and/or bird and/or predator cat knowledge, information about each of the species that could be located in the sanctuary and an understanding that wild animals do not make good pets and are happier in the trees, forests and bushveld with peers of their own species. German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian guides are particularly in demand, but any knowledgeable person who can use entertainment to further environmental awareness will be considered.

Our goal is for Big Cats, Monkey & Bird Sanctuaries is to include an education centre especially for children to learn about nature, recycling, gardening, pollution, conservation and of course predators primates and birds. There are many projects to be done,

Volunteers with photography/filming skills for documenting primates.

A comprehensive catalogue of all the predators, birds and money residents has not yet been made and most of the information about our primates, birds and predator cats exists only in the notebooks and minds of our keepers, curators and founders.

Compiling and typing up this information, along with taking photographs and film footage of individual primates, birds and predator cats is an important big project that we would like to begin ASAP, but volunteers would need to bring their own photographic equipment, since the sanctuary video camera is a rather primitive one

Ideally, the applicants for this position would also have experience in collecting and analysing behavioural data about primate, birds and/or predator cats. Close cooperation with our knowledgeable keepers and curators is imperative and will certainly be highly educational for any wildlife enthusiast.

IT specialist

There’s a whole bunch of equipment that needs servicing and regular fixing in our offices and reception areas, so if you have extensive working knowledge of computers but nonetheless wish to live in a beautiful natural environment with a chance to help out on outdoor projects whenever computers and time allow, then this is the perfect place for you.

We also need someone to assist with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Joomla! Wikipedia, Wordpress, Tripadvisor, MySpace, Nutshell mail, Wikipedia, Blogs, Linkedin etc.

Public relations/Marketing/Journalist

The 3 wildlife sanctuaries depend on visitor interest to fund itself. Therefore, PR and marketing are extremely important for raising awareness about our projects. Stories can be written about our primates, birds and predator cats from a myriad of different angles for a huge variety of readerships and publications.

This position would be ideal for a young wildlife journalist who would like to gain experience in writing, photography, getting published in different sorts of publications, writing press releases (e.g. when new primates and/or birds and/or predator cats which are born or arrive at the sanctuary), encouraging professional journalists to write about us, taking journalists on special tours etc.

Our sanctuaries take a very modern approach to publicity and we try hard to balance out entertainment and education to reach as many people as possible in our quest to educate the general public about the plight of primates, birds and predator cats. Working closely with our marketing manager will prove to be fun and enlightening for any primate enthusiast with a gift for writing.

Volunteer veterinarian

Although we are extremely happy with the skills and enthusiasm of our local vets in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, there is no on-site vet and the keepers and curators must on occasion tackle medical issues themselves. Regular monitoring of the health of over our 550+ primates many different species could be a full-time task. Since we advocate leaving the animals in their free-roaming environment as much as possible, medical intervention would only occasionally be necessary. Therefore, any applicant for this position must also be happy to fulfil other tasks such as guided tours. Our volunteer vet must be experienced and able to work closely with our local vets, which will be a highly enjoyable and educational experience. Ditto re volunteering in this position with our the variety of birds and predator cats.

Volunteer handyman

Volunteer carpenters, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, painters etc are always welcome.
Is the work dangerous?
Yes
Is there a potential risk?
Dates:
Arrival Every Sunday
Duration:
Min 2 weeks
Additional per week:
5272.75 ZAR
Highlights:
Volunteers will be considered if they are hard-working and enthusiastic and prepared to cheerfully fulfil tasks such as walking tourists from our entrance gate to the reception area whilst explaining the basic sanctuary rules on the way; translating documents, webarticles and info sheets; photographing or filming the sanctuary animals and/or assisting with the animal care.

However, we are particularly keen to fill the following positions:

Multilingual rangers/guides

Big Cats, Bird & Monkey Wildlife Sanctuaries funds itself through revenues from tourists who take educational tours in our forests home to over 550 primates, more than 3500 birds and several dozen predator cats and other wildlife.

The tours at each sanctuary are approximately one hour long and must leave the tourists with general primate and/or bird and/or predator cat knowledge, information about each of the species that could be located in the sanctuary and an understanding that wild animals do not make good pets and are happier in the trees, forests and bushveld with peers of their own species. German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Hebrew, Portuguese and Italian guides are particularly in demand, but any knowledgeable person who can use entertainment to further environmental awareness will be considered.

Our goal is for Big Cats, Monkey & Bird Sanctuaries is to include an education centre especially for children to learn about nature, recycling, gardening, pollution, conservation and of course predators primates and birds. There are many projects to be done,

Volunteers with photography/filming skills for documenting primates.

A comprehensive catalogue of all the predators, birds and money residents has not yet been made and most of the information about our primates, birds and predator cats exists only in the notebooks and minds of our keepers, curators and founders.

Compiling and typing up this information, along with taking photographs and film footage of individual primates, birds and predator cats is an important big project that we would like to begin ASAP, but volunteers would need to bring their own photographic equipment, since the sanctuary video camera is a rather primitive one

Ideally, the applicants for this position would also have experience in collecting and analysing behavioural data about primate, birds and/or predator cats. Close cooperation with our knowledgeable keepers and curators is imperative and will certainly be highly educational for any wildlife enthusiast.

IT specialist

There’s a whole bunch of equipment that needs servicing and regular fixing in our offices and reception areas, so if you have extensive working knowledge of computers but nonetheless wish to live in a beautiful natural environment with a chance to help out on outdoor projects whenever computers and time allow, then this is the perfect place for you.

We also need someone to assist with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Joomla! Wikipedia, Wordpress, Tripadvisor, MySpace, Nutshell mail, Wikipedia, Blogs, Linkedin etc.

Public relations/Marketing/Journalist

The 3 wildlife sanctuaries depend on visitor interest to fund itself. Therefore, PR and marketing are extremely important for raising awareness about our projects. Stories can be written about our primates, birds and predator cats from a myriad of different angles for a huge variety of readerships and publications.

This position would be ideal for a young wildlife journalist who would like to gain experience in writing, photography, getting published in different sorts of publications, writing press releases (e.g. when new primates and/or birds and/or predator cats which are born or arrive at the sanctuary), encouraging professional journalists to write about us, taking journalists on special tours etc.

Our sanctuaries take a very modern approach to publicity and we try hard to balance out entertainment and education to reach as many people as possible in our quest to educate the general public about the plight of primates, birds and predator cats. Working closely with our marketing manager will prove to be fun and enlightening for any primate enthusiast with a gift for writing.

Volunteer veterinarian

Although we are extremely happy with the skills and enthusiasm of our local vets in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, there is no on-site vet and the keepers and curators must on occasion tackle medical issues themselves. Regular monitoring of the health of over our 550+ primates many different species could be a full-time task. Since we advocate leaving the animals in their free-roaming environment as much as possible, medical intervention would only occasionally be necessary. Therefore, any applicant for this position must also be happy to fulfil other tasks such as guided tours. Our volunteer vet must be experienced and able to work closely with our local vets, which will be a highly enjoyable and educational experience. Ditto re volunteering in this position with our the variety of birds and predator cats.

Volunteer handyman

Volunteer carpenters, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, painters etc are always welcome.
Minimum age:
18
Police clearance:
No
Special skills required:
Genuine interest in primates, birds and/or predator cats and fluent English are vitalr.
Language requirement:
Intermediate English
What's included:
Laundry
Rooms are cleaned daily
What's excluded:
The cost of a visa in the case of your volunteer stay being longer than 90 days
Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa as You2Africa will be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme
Weekend excursions
Local Transport
Toiletries (Shampoo and Conditioner)
Closest town:
Plettenberg Bay (Flights into George)
Surrounding area:
Transport:
Transport to/from project daily included
Other transport for Volunteer`s account
Volunteer Home Stay in Plettenberg Bay :
Shared rooms (3 volunteers per room)
Satellite TV
WI-FI
Walking distance to beach and shops (300m)
Swimming pool
Transport is provided daily to project by Housemother
Meals:
Breakfast is a continental breakfast (Self-Service)
Lunch is provided (you just have to make it yourself in the morning)
Supper is a cooked meal – provided by the homestay

Please note: Special dietary need must be advised in advance (Vegan, kosher etc.)
Leonie Griesel
Eric Michael
Doris Wolf
Amalie Aggergaad
Hugo Richardet
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