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
Felidae Centre is home to more than 60 animals of 12 different species including big predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. We take pride in providing a safe home to any animal and when needed a forever home. We also help with rehabilitation of animals where possible.
By volunteering at Felidae Centre you get a chance to work up and close with these magnificent animals and species that are classified by IUCN as vulnerable.
Here you get a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience how the lions roar, how the cheetah can run its’ highly accelerated speed. You will learn about the characteristics of each animal and view them so close that the memories will last a lifetime with perfect photo opportunities.
During your time at Felidae you will learn the background of our animals as why they are at the project and our future plans to release the ones we can. You too get a chance to help with the daily preparing and feeding of these animals and form a bond with them.
Part of your chores as a volunteer on our project includes helping with our tours. Here we educate the public about our animals, conservation, canned hunting and much more. Our educated guides share plenty of interesting facts about every specie and animal and as a volunteer you too get involved in this knowledge.
Felidae is under constant improvement and we always strive to give our animals the best care and attention possible. We know different species have different requirements and therefore each animal’s enclosure is kept as natural as possible. As a volunteer you will assist in maintaining and building enrichments weekly to keep our animals thriving and healthy. We are always open for new ideas that can improve our animals wellbeing so please come motivated and willing to take part in enriching the animals lives.
Volunteering at Felidae is a great opportunity to meet 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.
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!
Volunteers will be expected to be involved in the daily activities of Felidae Centre. Tasks may include:
Preparation of food and feeding of our animals
Monitoring of animals at the Centre
Supplying clean water for the animals and cleaning their bowls
Cleaning various enclosures
Building of enclosures
Maintenance of enclosures
Hands on assisting Felidae with medical treatment of the animals when necessary
Building enrichments for the animals
Daily exercising and stimulation of animals
Taking part in releasing rehabilitated animals in protected areas
Assisting with tours and 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
Helping in building a free roaming 180 ha enclosure for our 10 lions that are saved from canned hunting
Assisting in building a medical clinic to support all animals on the facility
Being part of building our recovery room for our animals when it is needed
Helping in building spacious enclosures that are differently designed for each specific specie and each specific animals need.
Arranging and running fund-raisers
Building enrichments for our animals
Maintenance and decoration of our volunteer house, curio shop, meat room and much more
ACCOMMODATION, FACILITIES AND EXTRA INFORMATION
We only take up 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 and surrounded by our animals. With us you will experience going to sleep by the sound of jackal calling and waking up by the sound of lions roaring. From inside the house you can see our cheetahs walk past, monkeys playing in their swings and leopards climbing a tree branch. You therefore literally sleep side by side with our wild animals.
Each of our volunteer rooms can accommodate up 4-6 volunteers with ensuite bathrooms. For an extra fee we also supply a private room with own bathroom.
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, a smaller meal for lunch and for dinner we will provide you with a big hot meal consisting of meat and vegetables. Our water on the premises are drinkable from the tap. 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 team leader to whom you will report to each morning and a mentor who will be there to sort out any problems you may encounter.
There are quite a few excursions on which you can do on your days off at an extra cost. Such as visiting the big hole, boat cruise on the river, big 5 safaris, cinema, reptile park, shopping and much more. Upon arrival we will do an orientation with you and show you around the premises so you can settle in comfortably.
You will get plenty of free time which you can spend as desired for instance tan in the sun, swim in the pool, enjoy a movie in the lounge, gym in our equipped gym, play a game of volleyball on our volley field, walk around the farm and view our 60 different animals. Remember to bring your phone and camera to capture lasting memories.
You can buy data on the premises which allows you to keep in touch with friends and family while being far away from home.
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 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.
Please keep in mind that the weather in South Africa vary depending on the seasons.
If you want to volunteer with us in the summer months(Nov-Feb), we experience very hot weather up to 45°C. So pack summer wear, swim suits, caps or hats to shade for the sun and lots of sunscreen. This is also our raining season so rubber boots are always a good idea.
If you want to volunteer with us in the winter months(May-Aug), we experience cold weather down to -8°C during the night and during day time up to 20°C. Therefore please keep in mind to pack warm winter clothes such as warm jackets, beanies, gloves, scarfs, slippers and warm sleep wear for the night.
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 best can provide assistance.
Volunteers who are studying veterinarian, wish to study or have already finished their degree get a chance to gain plenty of experience and knowledge on South African animals. You will too work hands on with one of the most acknowledged vets for predators if veterinarian care is necessary for any of our animals during your stay.
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.
We supply you with a Felidae Centre t-shirt upon your arrival at the project. This will be your uniform during tours as you will be representing our good name, all we stand for and believe in.
While working closed shoes are a must have. This is for your own safety since a lot of our work takes place in the felt.
Further it is essential to bring clothes that you can do physical work in and clothes that are appropriate and that you don’t mind getting paint marks or holes in.
For more information about what clothes to bring please check out ”weather in South Africa”.
If you have a camera we advise you to bring it along since you will get plenty of amazing photographic opportunities of our animals.
Excited? We would love to have you here!
READY TO BECOME PART OF OUR TEAM?
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