Rehabilitation of common and grey seals

Project name:

Sealcentre Pieterburen

Project purpose:

Rehabilitation of common and grey seals

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

100

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research 

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation on campus

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toiler (western), wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

None beside being a passionate about wildlife conservation and show that enthusiasm in the interview

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

You work 5 days a week. 2 days off. You stay at the campus with the other volunteers. You share a room with 3 others (2 bunk beds per room). You work from 7 am to 16h for an O shift, 14h to 23h for a Late Shift and 7-12 and then 19 to 23 for a G shift. You have monthly schedule with different shift. 


A normal day is you wake up before 7, you have at 7h a morning meeting with the last updates, then you check the morning schedule to see where you work for the day : quarantines, jarinos or outside pools. Then you prepare in the kitchen how much fish you need and take the fish porridges you need (already prepared in the fridge) and go to your place. First you feed with a feeder if need be, if the seal is a self eater you can just throw him the fish, then you clean the pool and enclosure around it. You go clean the different places with your team or alone if outside pool then you have a break around 11am. Then you come back after 20min break and you go feed again but the deep clean is only in the morning (clean, disinfect everything, empty the pool). The lunch break is at 12h30 depending on the amount of work could be at 13h. You go back at work at 14h to do some laundry, unfroz fish and do some tasks here and there. 15h : feeding time again, clean kitchen and you're done for the day unless you are late shift then you'll do the fish porridge before your dinner break and then go back to work at 19h until 22h30/23h.


Your day goes by according to how many seals they have in that time, how many volunteers and how many feedings : usually 4 a day except if the seal is been there for a few weeks then it changes to 3 than 2 until he can self eat and go to an outside pool.

Reviews & ratings

Francisco

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

leslie

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

great experience

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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