The project is divided into three main sections, which you will alternate between throughout your stay:
Veterinary experience with African wildlife
Working with animals located in commercial and non-commercial game reserves such as rhino, giraffe, buffalo, lions, antelope and zebra, amongst others.
Veterinary work with agricultural livestock
Assisting on livestock farms to improve the wellbeing of the animals there such as bulls, cows, goats, sheep and chickens, amongst others.
Animal care work in the domestic setting
Visiting rural villages, township settlements and a veterinary clinic to work with a variety of animals such as dogs and cats.
This experience is of a real, working, conservation and wildlife management program. It can often be exhilarating when working with game capture and release, elephant and buffalo tracking with telemetry. Then again, some days can be a stretch and even laborious at times when trekking perimeter fences and hunting for traps. But this work is important! We are not a safari operation and don’t want to romanticize the work we do. There will be periods of high intensity when working directly with the animals and other times of less exciting, but 100% necessary tasks, when working on the ranch management aspect of the project.
Participants on our program will spend around one third of their time in wildlife environments (commercial and non-commercial game reserves). Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following:
Participants will undertake visits to rural villages and township settlements to undertake “hands on” practical work with a broad range of domesticated animals. In the South African context, these animals are very often classified as “vulnerable and abused” and live under extremely difficult circumstances. As a result they are a high priority for our work. As volunteers and interns, it is also the environment in which you can contribute most effectively to animal welfare in South Africa. Through lecture based learning and practical interactions you will be exposed to the following: