NOAH`S ARK IN AFRICA
Volunteer at a sanctuary that has been dedicated to creating the most suitable and secure home possible for injured or orphaned wild animals. It truly is “Noah`s Ark”; a sanctuary and safe haven that over 250 wild animals and birds have made their home.
The sanctuary started as more of a family interest taking in orphaned and injured animals and birds but as more and more orphans were brought in,the sanctuary grew very quickly and in 1992 it was decided to open its doors to the public in order to subsidise the immense cost of feeding and caring for the birds and animals on a daily basis. Since then, the sanctuary has continued to grow and improve and is now home to over 250 species of birds and number of animals both indigenous to Africa and also from overseas.
The majority of injured or orphaned animals here have been brought to us after being found by members of the public, referred from local veterinarians or organisations such as Nature Conservation. Some are unwanted pets and others have come to us from other sanctuaries and wildlife parks throughout South Africa. The sanctuary is also running an endangered animal breeding programme. We currently have six Cheetahs as well as two breeding pairs of Blue Duikers, the smallest of the buck species . We have several Lynx and Servals and over the past few years too
The centre is primarily a sanctuary and the majority of animals and birds that come to us are infants or those that are seriously injured, which are cared for by our volunteers and live out the rest of their lives at the sanctuary. However, those that are able to survive in the wild are nursed back to health and released back into the wild
Our aims and objectives are:
· To rescue and treat all injured or orphaned wildlife brought to our attention.
· The rehabilitation of animals to their optimal level of functioning.
· To provide a safe and suitable environment for birds and animals who do not have the ability to survive re-introduction into their natural habitat
· To play an active role in cultivating an awareness amongst the public to try and ensure a future for the conservation of wildlife.
· To work in close association with nature conversation and other wildlife rescue centres.
Typical Volunteer work day:
7:30AM - Preparation of animal feeds. One volunteer each day is asked to start an hour early to assist a member of staff with preparation and feeding of the main aviary.
8:30AM - Feeding of the animals and birds throughout the park. This can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on the number of volunteers!
1/2 hour break for breakfast once morning feed is completed.
After breakfast we go through the list of jobs that need doing throughout the park:
- washing all the dirty animal dishes
- feeding and cleaning out the animals in the clinic are done on a rota basis
- raking and cleaning enclosures
- maintenance and repairs
- checking the game fence for holes
And, any other jobs that may need doing are assigned.
10AM/11AM - 1PM - Jobs as above.
1PM - 2PM - Lunch!
2PM - 3:30PM/4PM - Afternoon feed (preparation of food and feeding of animals and birds throughout the centre again)
4PM - 4:30PM/5PM - Afternoon jobs:
- washing the dirty dishes from the afternoon feed
- checking the park to ensure there are no problems
- clinic duties
- feeding the farm animals on site or rounding up and feeding the calves.
You will be pretty dirty by the end of the day so most people shower and clean up before dinner at 6.00PM. In the evenings volunteers usually watch TV or a movie, go for a walk on the game farm, have a chat around the fire or sleep!! It is a pretty tiring day!
NB: The sanctuary is regularly changing and so new enclosures often have to be constructed and existing ones adapted to meet the needs of new inhabitants and volunteers may be involved both the building of these enclosures and creating the correct habitat.
There is a small restaurant and shop at the sanctuary which volunteers may be required to help out with if there are a large number of visitors.
- Working with animals can be very dangerous if the correct procedures are not followed. This will be covered in the volunteer`s induction.
- We are in a Malaria free zone
Open all year round
We accept volunteers for any duration but 2 weeks to two months is the usual length of time that people choose to spend with us. Any placements under 3 months (90 days) can be undertaken on a temporary residents permit/endorsement permit which is issued to all visitors on arrival in South Africa. Volunteers/students wishing to do longer placements will need to apply for a Volunteer visa prior to arriving in South Africa.
- The rehabilitation of animals
- Interacting with and being a part of the wellbeing of animals
- Depending on the number of young animals at the sanctuary, some volunteers may have the opportunity to be surrogate parents. This usually involves
bottle feeding which is sometimes required throughout the night depending on the animal.
- Being part of rewarding work and seeing the product of your hard work
- To play an active role in cultivating an awareness amongst the public
- Meeting new people and making friends
Our volunteer programme is open to anybody who wishes to participate and no prior experience of working with animals is required. Volunteers of all ages are welcome as long as they are capable of doing the work. We have a qualified veterinary nurse working at the sanctuary and have had many Animal Management students work with us.
We work closely with a local Vet, which means there is also the opportunity for students to accompany staff to the vets and observe any procedures that need to be carried out on our animals.
- Accommodation and three meals a day at the project
- Orientation on arrival
- Adoption/donation fee
- Flights to and from South Africa/PE
- Travel and medical insurance
- Personal spending money
- Internet and email access
- Any pre/post project accommodation and meals
- Extra activities or meals
- Toiletries and towels
- As the sanctuary is in quite a remote location, in addition to two day off each week, we try and go out once a week for dinner or a takeaway and regularly go to
the cinema in Port Elizabeth (depending - this will be to the volunteer`s own account)
- Any private transport for volunteer`s social activities are to the volunteer`s own account
- Any transport for pre-arrival or post-departure from the project are to the volunteer`s own account
- Volunteers will be responsible for cleaning and taking care of their assigned accommodation.
- The facilities are basic and there is limited internet access and volunteers will have to go into town to access the internet
- Accommodation has a TV lounge with DSTV and a DVD player for volunteers to use
- Towels and Toiletries are to the volunteer`s own account
- Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag. It is advised to bring a warm sleeping bag in winter as it gets quite cold.
Volunteers often like to spend a weekend lazing around at the sanctuary, relaxing by the pool, watching a movie or taking a walk on the game farm.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Meals can vary from day to day and situation to situation.
- Volunteer meals are prepared for them.
- You are expected to serve yourself and clear tables.
- A specific area will be allocated for your meals, which also may vary from time to time.
- Please ensure that we know of any special requirements prior to you arriving at the project, and the project will try and cater for specific diets