Lion sanctuary

Project name:

Drakenstein Lion Park

Project purpose:

Lion sanctuary

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:


Same sex shard unit (max 3)

When does the project run?


communal kitchen / recreation room, accommodation included, electricity, western toilet, scheduled shopping trip to town

How long can I stay?


basic understanding of English, be at least 18 years of age and reasonably fit.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

General volunteer activities will include but not be limited to the following:
• Monitoring visitors to the sanctuary to ensure our animals well being.
• Food preparation for the lions.
• Cleaning the grounds and facilities.
• Cleaning lion camps.
• Clearing alien vegetation.
• Clearing fence lines and general fence maintenance.
• Fence construction.
• Firebreak maintenance (and fire fighting in the summer!).

What should I pack?
 Sleeping bag (you are responsible for providing your own bedding)
 Small daypack
 Work gloves x 2
 Torch with extra batteries
 Towel
 Personal toiletries/medications

 Books
 Camera/film
 Warm clothes for cold nights
 Light clothes for hot days
 Hiking boots
 Underwear/socks
 Sunglasses/sunhat
 Cash/credit cards/travellers cheques
 Passport
 Driver’s license (if available)
 Travel insurance certificate
 Copies of important documents

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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