Volunteering with animals
When Anatole France uttered the words "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." she was absolutely right!
Happiness and love are some of the key emotions animals bring humans on a daily basis. They make you more positive, compassionate and happier in general. They not only teach you how to connect with others and live for today, but also trust your intuition and remember to play, to not take life to seriously.
Either if you want to learn about a new career path, develop practical skills, improve your resume or just looking for an unforgettable time, volunteering with animals will contribute to your life on so many levels.
If you are keen on volunteering with animals, you should scroll down to look at some of the best animal volunteer programs
Volunteer abroad animals
As you did not stumble upon our page, but were exploring options to volunteer with animals we are excited to share the possibility to volunteer abroad with animals!
There are a broad range of animal volunteer programs abroad letting you gain hands-on experience with animals and their habitat. From being involved in a call out to rescue a zebra to developing enrichment toys for cheetah and from collecting data on the Great White Shark to removing invader plant species in the natural habitat of the lion.
Whether you want to be an animal sanctuary volunteer abroad or a marine conservation volunteer, we have a selection of programs to accommodate you.
The only thing we are concerned about is if you’re an animal lover, not if you have no, little or a lot of experience in animal care.
Wildlife rehabilitation program
This centre has a number of permanent ambassadors that unfortunately cannot be released into the wild again and they need your care. Care for lion, cheetahs, leopard, Hyenas, wild dogs, servals, honey Badgers, and variety of birds Species. In case of a call-out to rescue an African animal during your stay, you will also get in on the action! Anything can basically happen, be prepared!
Great White shark program
White shark projects
Although you obviously will not gain hands-on experience with the Great White Shark we will guarantee you eye-to-eye contact with this beautiful animal! You will enjoy cage diving with sharks during regular trips out to sea, learn basic seamanship skills, learn how to data capture, receive lectures on white shark biology, behaviour, research and conservation and will pay a visit to the shark lab.
Whether you aspire to become a vet one day or have an insane love for animals, through this program you will be exposed to hands-on experience with a bunch of animals, working in the community with cats & dogs, handle a variety of exotic species by joining a game capture, volunteering at the zoo, handling reptiles at the sanctuary and work in a large production setting and be involved in horse rehabilitation and disbudding beef & diary cattle.
Kevin Richardson Program
Does the name Kevin Richardson A.K.A. the Lion Whisperer ring a bell? Known from National Geographic and his conservation talks all over the world, he is based near Pretoria where he runs his sanctuary and cares for his lions. Be part of this unique experience and assist with management of the reserve, animal enrichment, camera trap monitoring, food preparation, enrichment walks with Kevin and more.
Running Cheetah Wild program
This centre is not open to the public and their only goal is to breed endangered cats to release them back into the wild. They are not being sold and thus heavily rely on a lot of hands to help out with monitoring of animals, prepare food, assist with fitness training, bush clearing, etc. Cheetah, servals, African wild cats, meerkats, vervet monkeys are some of the animals that are currently here, some waiting to be released back into a suitable habitat soon.
Endangered species program
An exciting programme allowing you to, whilst you care for mostly cheetahs, caracals, servals, southern ground hornbills and African wild cats, also experience South Africa by going on a day safari to the Kruger National Park, being involved in community work and visiting a reptile park. You will also experience a bit of interaction with lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants.
Wildlife rehabilitation program
Expect to get very busy during baby season, November – May, as you will be helping out at the vervet baby nursery since there will be a lot of orphaned monkeys that need intensive care. You will also be cleaning enclosures, preparing the food, helping to build enclosures, etc. The list will not stop! Throughout the rest of the year you will care for the older animals and assist in caring for any small rescued animal.
Shamwari conservation experience
Exciting program that supports the conservation efforts of the Shamwari Game reserve and be part of game monitoring, telemetry tracking to restoring and rehabilitating the reserve’s landscapes. Research projects and assisting the local communities with maintaining vegetable gardens in South Africa.
Wildlife Bush course 2 weeks
This program is so much more than just animals, it’s a wildlife bush course bringing you into close contact with nature, wildlife and conservation. Daily game drives and bush walks where you will see elephants, lions, zebra’s, kudu’s and springboks roaming freely in their natural habitat are included. Reptile park tour, Kruger National Park camping tour, Wildlife rehabilitation centre tour and visit to a 2000 year old baobab are also part of the course.