Saving The Hungry is committed to the conservation of wildlife. We believe in creating awareness and educating our travelers on the importance of protecting wildlife and better understanding of how animals are exploited in captivity. Take a 5 day working tour behind the scenes and be a part of the operations that protect our precious wildlife.
This is a 5 days nature conservation project. The cost for this experience is $1300 CND plus and additional $150 for pickup and airport transfers.
The Nature Conservation experience will allow you to get behind-the-scenes and involved with the conservation efforts. By volunteering you will have the unique opportunity to see dedicated individuals who are passionate about nature and all that it has to offer. The behind-the-scenes operations and experiences for volunteers will gain specialized skills and knowledge in conservation with a key focus on the conservation of wildlife, ecological and community work.
There are a number of reasons animal extinction is occurring in South Africa from human developments such as power lines, agriculture and land developments causing loss of habitats and of course poaching. As we use up more and more area for human use, these animals are dwindling in size. When you work with the animal conservation team, you will help maintain the animals in their natural habitat.
Here is your opportunity to become involved with conservation for 5 days. Go behind the scenes with other volunteers as you learn about wildlife, ecological and community work. You will interact with an impoverished community conducting sporting activities and teaching them about the importance of social responsibility.
You will have a change to volunteer with the Big Cat Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to help release these magnificent creatures back into the world. You will also be involved in game monitoring to identify and compile information on the family and feeding structure. Game count and camera trapping on the reserve is something else you will be required to do.
This is subject to Availability upon submitting your dates.
Walking – light labor – night drives
Dates: Let us know your interested dates and we will confirm availability
Trip Length: 5 Days
Age Appropriateness: 14+
Location Map: View Map
Here is an example of your 5 days experience
Day 1 Mon
AM: Arrival: Welcome, Health and Safety briefing and orientation of facilities.
PM: Talk: Orientation Game Drive on Reserve
Day 2 Tues
AM: Talk: Basic Wildlife Conservation, Ecology and
Management principles followed by visit to Animal Rehab and Rhino Awareness Centres
PM: Talk: Animal Population Dynamics followed by Tracking and Monitoring of Rhino on reserve
Day 3 Wed
AM: Visit to Born Free Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre with Behind the scenes tour of the Sanctuary followed by a Bush Lunch
PM: Talk: The Conservation of flagship species of Africa receive “Be the Ranger” subject matter followed by “Amazing Bush Race” on predator-free area.
Day 4 Thurs
AM: Talk: Predator Management, followed by practical Tracking session: Lion or Leopard
PM: Talk and Practical: Tracks and Signs of the Wild followed by Camera Trapping session
Day 5 Fri
AM: Late Breakfast, followed briefing and visit to Community – start elective project (e.g. Paint and Mural a Classroom or Sporting interaction)
PM: Packed Lunch with completion of Community project or Sporting interaction with local children.
Possible Talks & Presentations:
- Introduction to Wildlife Conservation in SA
- Wildlife Monitoring
- Understanding the Principles of Eco-Systems
- Animal Population Dynamics
- Capture Techniques and Relocation of Wildlife
- Stress Factors in Handling and Containment
- Animal Husbandry
- Veterinarian’s Role in Conservation
- Conservation of Flagship Species of Africa
- Biomes of the Eastern Cape
- Control of Alien Invasive Vegetation
- Medicinal Plants and Trees
- Wildlife Tracks and Signs
- Basic Wildlife Conservation, Ecology and Management Principles
- Parasites and Disease in Nature
- Facilities and Drugs to Reduce Stress
- Introduction to Game Ranging
- Darting Techniques
- Animal Welfare in Relation to Capture and Containment
- Anti-Poaching Methods
What to Pack
- Binoculars – essential for the best experience!
- Short and long sleeve t-shirts
- Long/short work trousers
- Hiking/work boots and trainers
- Sweat shirt/fleece
- Wind breaker/rain jacket
- Daypack rucksack
- Sleeping bag and mat if you want your own (available on site).
We advise you don’t buy or bring one especially as result.
- Warm hat (beanie) for winter and cap for sun all year
- Working gloves (Advised May to September period)
- Winter gloves
- Changes of casual clothes for evening
- Underwear and sock.
- Bath and, or Pool towel
- Relative supply of any personal medication as required
- Personal first aid kit
- Torch and water bottle
- Camera and spare batteries
- Reference books and note books
- Hair dryer
- 3 point round plugs
- Games, playing cards