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Bird Sanctuary

Come spend time with one of the worlds largest collection of free flight birds
from EUR 3310.43
Duration: Min 4 weeks
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The projects bird inhabitants of the aviary comprise a mixture of exotic as well African birds (50/50). They also include previously caged pets and hand reared and imprinted individuals, this explains why some of our inhabitants (especially the parrots of which we have 60 different species)) are unafraid of human beings and seemingly tame. All new arrivals at Bird Sanctuary go through a process of rehabilitation before they enter the actual sanctuary of the main aviary. Be they ex pets, or birds confiscated from zoos or irreputable breeders, most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.

The main rehabilitation process involves socialization with other birds in large outdoor pre-release aviaries as well as the building up of flight muscles, and learning flight control, i.e. practicing landings, change of direction etc. Make no mistake! All birds can fly, no matter how badly their wings are clipped; the question is just how high and how far. Releasing them into the main aviary immediately, would be tantamount to running a marathon without any training!
Your role:
- Cleaning of forest
- Walk-in of clients
- Guided tours after training has be done
- Feeding of the birds
- Assisting with translation of marketing materials
- Photography

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?
Is there a potential risk?
Every Sunday
Min 4 weeks
Additional per week:
- History of birds and their fight against survival
- Learning more about the different bird species
- In House training of volunteers to become Birding Guides
- Educating tourists about these unique project
Minimum age:
Police clearance:
Special skills required:
None – just a love for Birds
Language requirement:
Intermediate English
What's included:
- Airport transfers
- 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
Surrounding area:
- 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
- Walking distance to beach and shops (300m)
- Swimming pool
- Transport is provided daily to project by Housemother
- Breakfast is a continental breakfast (Self-Service)
- Lunch is provided (you just have to make it yourself in the morning)
- Dinner is a cooked meal – provided by the homestay
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