Big cat sanctuary

Project name:

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

Project purpose:

Big cat sanctuary

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • teaching

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

When does the project run?


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

How long can I stay?


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

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.

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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