Volunteers will be considered if they are hard-working, enthusiastic and prepared to cheerfully fulfill 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:
The Big Cats, Bird & Monkey Wildlife Sanctuaries fund themself through revenues from tourists who take educational tours in our forests that are 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 for the 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.
Photographer & Film Maker:
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.
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.
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.
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 carpenters, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, painters etc. are always welcome.
- Airport transfers (1,5-hour drive from George airport. 2,5-hour drive from Port Elizabeth airport. Volunteers can also use the INTERCAPE bus and get picked up in Plettenberg Bay at the Shell Ultra city bus terminal.)
- Work experience 5 days a week, helping the Conservation Department with management work on the reserve
- 3 basic meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Accommodation (shared bedrooms and shared bathrooms)
- Laundry (done by a domestic helper)
- Town-trips once a week
Yes. Working with wild animals is always a risk, so proper care and training are adhered to. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa, so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships.