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

Terrestrial

South Africa

Africa

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.

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Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

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