The predator farm is situated only 30 km from the historical town of Kimberley, on the National Road, the N8 (head towards Petrusburg). This provides a perfect opportunity for people who would like to volunteer to work at the Centre, be close to nature, and still have easy access to the city.
We are a family project and take the needs of our animals very seriously. To provide the best possible life in captivity for our animals, we need your help to assist us! Daily tasks include providing a clean and stress-free environment, as well as safe and healthy food to eat.
WHY VOLUNTEER AT FELIDAE CENTRE
The purpose of the Felidae Centre is saving as many animals as well can! We have saved many lions from canned hunting and given them a safe second home. Furthermore, by doing tours and school outings, we want to change people’s mindsets about our cats and encourage both the protection and survival of the various species. If you would like to be part of this and actively contribute to the heritage of our country and the wellbeing of various species, then Felidae Centre presents you with the perfect opportunity!
We want visitors to experience the feeling of the awesomeness of these animals! We also want to make sure that they learn something along the way.
We have a relationship with each of our animals and we try to keep them in the most natural environment possible.
As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to meet some of our ‘ambassador’ cats and see, feel and hear them up close.
You will also be able to view the lions feeding (on Saturdays) and tour the enclosures.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to feed the bat-eared foxes!!
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN FROM VOLUNTEERING AT FELIDAE CENTRE
Hands on interaction with our ambassador animals, including the cheetahs, servals, caracals, etc., on a regular basis
Development of relationships and bonds with these animals
Meeting new people who are interested in the survival of animals, as well as tourists that bring different life experiences with them. This is a perfect opportunity to make new friends!!
Being part of a team of people who work closely together to benefit a cause
Learning new things on a daily basis, particularly with respect to the big cats. All of the animals at the Centre are special and each will teach you something new
A sense of purpose and knowing that you are contributing to something that is important and so much bigger than yourself
VOLUNTEERS DUTIES DURING THE PROJECT
Volunteers will be expected to be involved in the daily activities of the Felidae Centre. Tasks may include:
Preparation of food and feeding of animals
Taking care of animals at the Centre
Cleaning various enclosures
Building of enclosures
Repairing of enclosures
Daily exercising and stimulation of animals
Assisting with tours
Working at the Curio Shop
Any other duties that are required from time to time for e.g. general maintenance at the Centre or general admin
PROJECTS THAT PREVIOUS VOLUNTEERS ASSISTED WITH
Building free roaming 180 ha enclosure for 10 lions saved from hunting
Building a clinic to support all animals on the facility
New enclosure to all rescued animals like meerkats, monkeys, warrhogs etc
Paying of a loan of R 200 000.00 for the Wild group lions (Saved from hunting)
Paying of the loan of R 25 000.00 for our white lion Ariel (Saved from hunting)
Rebuilding enclosures to our Monkeys, Lions, Servals, Caracal, Jackals, Bat-eared foxes, Meerkats
Arranging and running a fund-raiser in the local mall
ACCOMMODATION, FACILITIES AND EXTRA INFORMATION
We only take in 1 to 16 volunteers at a time. This ensures that you enjoy your time on the farm, can meet the team of Felidae Centre, the animals, and make new friends and memories without stepping on each other’s feet.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to be able to participate.
The volunteer house is on the property. There are laundry facilities available and the house is cleaned regularly.
You shall be provided with 3 meals a day; a substantial meal in the morning and sandwiches for lunch. For dinner we will provide you with a big meal consisting of meat and vegetables. Tea and coffee will be available all day.
We do encourage you to bring along extra money to buy snacks and soft drinks for in between meals.
You will have a supervisor to whom you will report to each morning and a mentor who will be there to sort out any problems you may encounter.
Bring along your laptop, mobile and camera.
There are quite a few day excursions on which you can go on your days off at an extra cost to you.
For more info on what clothes to bring email us and we shall send you a detailed brochure which covers absolutely everything you will need to know. You will attend orientation upon arrival to settle you in comfortably.
Included in the cost are Felidae Centre shirts which will be your uniform during tours as you will be representing our good name, all we stand for and believe in.
On your daily off times you can spend time in the sun around the pool or enjoy a movie in the lounge. On your off day take part in an activity and get to see more about Kimberley and the surrounded areas.
Need to know information
If you are concerned that you need experience working in this type of environment – please don’t worry!! We will teach you what you need to know. You will receive an induction program and will be trained on how to perform according to the expectations of the Felidae Centre.
On your initial tour of the facility you will be invited to ask questions and to find out more about the work that you will be doing.
Nobody will be expected to work at the Centre without training. Plus, you will be supervised and other members of staff will be on hand to assist. Another important part of the induction program is an introduction to the work we do and how you will be able to form part of the various projects. Volunteers are essential and we look forward to working closely with you.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or older.
You will be expected to assist with the preparation of meals for the animals. This work can include the deboning of meat and skinning of carcasses. There are a variety of other daily chores, as well as farm projects.
Volunteers need to be healthy and able to carry out duties that are assigned to them. However, there are a variety of ways to assist as a volunteer and it would be best to speak to Chriszanne or Nicol about how you can provide assistance.
Commitment to volunteering and a passion for the animals.
You will need to advise us when you will be able to volunteer in order for us to arrange schedules according to the needs of the Centre.
Excited? We'd love to have you here!
READY TO BECOME PART OF OUR TEAM?
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