Volunter at a Wildlife Sanctuary
From Just $ 1495 for 4 weeks
The birds and animals are uniquely presented in over 100 spacious walk-through aviaries, mostly consisting of tropical trees and plants. The idea is to allow visitors – over 100 000 each year – to have an intimate and close experience with nature. This sanctuary is one of Cape Town’s major tourist attractions.
Price List for 2018
4 Weeks $ 1495
8 Weeks $ 2595
12 Weeks $ 3295
We’d love to see more of you! Please inquire for longer or tailor made stays.
How you'll be involved:
- Daily feeding of the birds and animals
- Helping out in the animal hospital. With the amount of species we have here, this can be a busy place. This is an excellent place for aspiring or practicing veterinarians to help out and gain experience.
- Supervising the interaction between the wildlife and the tourists. This is important, especially in the petting zoo and monkey cages
- Assist in tasks related to the breeding of endangered species within the sanctuary
- Helping with fundraising for the sanctuary
- There are literally 100’s of other little tasks that need doing every day in an organization as large as this, so come on, join us and get stuck in, we need your helping hands!
- Cleaning the cages and watering the plants and trees
The mission statement of the sanctuary is:
“By bringing wildlife to the city of Cape Town, and bringing people and animals closer together, respect for and understanding of nature is fostered and its diversity is shared”.
The Sanctuary is open to the public from 9:00 to 17:00, 365 days of the year
Feeding Times are :
- Penguins – 11:30 & 15:30
- Pelicans – 12:30
- Cormorants – 13:30
- Birds of Prey – 16:15
- The Monkey Jungle is open from 11:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 15:30
Because of humanity’s continuing encroachment on the natural habitat of the planet’s wildlife, it has become important to consider new and innovative ways in which the two can co-exist. Especially if we don’t want to see any more species becoming extinct. The Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent example of exactly this idea, and the numbers of people who flock (excuse the pun) here every year indicate that people still have a genuine love for birds and animals.
This is a fantastic place to volunteer if you have a love for wildlife. There are many innovative, interesting and different ideas that volunteers have taken back to their countries with them, to spread the word and fight the fight for our planet’s animals. The Sanctuary also serves as hospital, orphanage and breeding centre, caring for injured birds and animals, and the breeding of many bird and animal species behind-the-scenes.
Some threatened species successfully bred in the sanctuary include South Africa’s national bird the Blue Crane, the Bald Ibis, the NeNe or Hawaiian Goose, and several rare South American Marmosets and Tamarins. Over the last 32 years, we have cared for over 30 – 40 000 birds and animals (with no support whatsoever from any official or corporate structure).