Big cat sanctuary

Project name:

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

Project purpose:

Big cat sanctuary

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • teaching


South Africa


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Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • field research skills

  • data/statistical skills


Comfortable accommodation within the sanctuary


As a minimum requirement, you will need to be passionate about animal welfare and have life experience that will help you to hit the ground running


accommodation included, food included, electricity, electric blankets, sunset view, swimming pool on site, discount at lodge restaurant, wifi, fully equipped kitchen

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

This project costs $592 weekly for the first month, with subsequent weeks costing $303. Volunteers staying for 9-12 weeks pay $265 a week.


Work at the sanctuary involves caring for the lions and other big cats, monitoring their progress and behaviour, helping with visitor education and refreshments, administration and maintenance work. Examples of tasks that you may be able to help with are:

  • helping out with the bi-weekly sanctuary feeding

  • observing the behaviour of the lions and the progress of any new arrivals

  • helping with any medical treatments required

  • building new structures for enclosures and helping with maintenance work

  • marketing activity, including brochure distribution to local towns and the surrounding area

  • guiding school children as part of their education program

Please remember that all tasks are demand-driven, and there are no guarantees regarding what things might arise whilst you are away. It is important to be flexible and open minded. It’s a great opportunity for someone who has a keen interest in big cats, enjoys being part of a team and is prepared to get involved in all aspects of conservation work.

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