Volunteering in Israel

South Africa: Wildlife Sanctuary

Come volunteer at the Wildlife Sanctuary in beautiful Johannesburg! Get acquainted with Roxy the Hyena or Jack the Zebra or one of the fantastic elephant trainers; participants in this project will live and learn amongst some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife.

The sanctuary serves to provide a safe haven for orphaned or injured animals that would otherwise not face a future of survival. Most of the animals in the park have been tamed and because of this cannot be part of a reintroduction program. This allows volunteers to get up close and personal with the animals, providing a unique hands-on experience.

Volunteers will split their time between working to complete ongoing construction and maintenance projects, while also getting one-on-one interaction in caring for the animals on the sanctuary. There is the option for volunteers to focus on a particular species or move around between the spectacular wildlife that inhabits the refuge.

Volunteers will consistently work alongside staff to gain hands-on experience with the animals, including elephant walks or bonding sessions with the cheetah. This is a rewarding experience as volunteers will get the opportunity to challenge themselves physically while also being innovative with new ways to contribute to the sanctuary.

Ongoing projects may include work on the vulture kitchen, fire breaks, enclosure construction, or other general maintenance tasks.

Project Highlights

  • Volunteers are provided with accommodations within the grounds of the sanctuary - wake up among the zebras every morning!
  • Three meals a day are provided to volunteers
  • All airport transfers are included
  • Excursions and trips around the area are provided such as elephant walks, game drives, and tours
  • Work alongside professional animal caretakers
  • Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from around the world on this experience of a lifetime!

Participant Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Good level of English
  • Good physical fitness
  • Motivation to work with animals
  • Willing to work hard and get hands dirty

For more information and to apply visit our South Africa: Wildlife Sanctuary page.

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