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Cheetah conservation

Project name:

Feracare wildlife centre

Project purpose:

‘Fera’ and ‘Care’, meaning ‘the care for wild creatures’

Our main aim is to ensure the long term survival of the cheetah and species through maintaining a strong genetic pool, with the aim to release them into protected ares when they become available.

We strive to care for all creatures in need of attention. The focus is on cheetahs as we run the cheetah breeding project and play a big part in conserving valuable blood lines (including the king cheetah) but if help is needed for any other species we are happy to jump in.

Our expertise looking after wildlife has come from working with several wildlife vets and other centers earlier on. We are always available to help and assist if the demand is there as the care for the sick and young is not an easy task.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • assisting in the care of the animals

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

600

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • remote scenic location
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Accommodation:

shared house, dormitory style

When does the project run?

All year round

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi.

You will live in shared accommodation with other volunteers. there are 2 bathrooms, bath and shower is available. WiFi is available in the house. Keep in mind that we are on a remote farm, about 60km out of town, so electricity and WiFi can go off depending on the weather.

How long can I stay?

minimum of 1 week, at least 2 weeks recommended, no maximum as we always need extra hands

Requirements:

  • good health and interest in working with wildlife

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

Your normal day will be from early morning to late afternoon, as those are our cats active hours. We prepare food at 8am and start feeding at 9am, feeding round is normally finished by 11am. This is when we start cleaning up the meat room and start other activities.
However with animals you never know what emergencies might pop up, so these times may vary.
Depending on the length of your stay you might be doing any of the following tasks:

  • Preparing raw meat for the carnivores
  • Helping on the feeding round where we dish out the prepared meat to the cats
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Helping with the daily maintenance or upkeep of the enclosures
  • Assisting the animal team in activities, such as the cheetah run or cheetah encounter
  • Assisting the animal team in daily training session with young or trained cats
  • Doing fence checks on the farm (enclosures and perimeter fences)
  • Putting out Lucerne (special feed) for the free roaming game
  • Doing general game counts, Giraffe identification, tracking and camera trap data.
  • General farm maintenance. This could be cutting grass, fixing roads or any other jobs the staff will need assistance with.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

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

Corinne

Intern

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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