Volunteer at Daniell Cheetah Project (SCC)

Daniell Cheetah Project for  endangered species was started in 2001 with 3 cheetahs we have now joined  forces with Wild Cats World (WCW) in 2012 to form Spotted Cats Conservation  (SCC).

Yes we are two separate projects  but we combined some of our animals (partnered between the two projects) to breed  together and create a strong gene pool. Like us, WCW is a project that tries to  raise awareness and conservation for these endangered wild cats. So by the  projects teaming up we can partner our animals to create a bigger gene pool and  create more awareness, calling the combined effort Spotted Cats  Conservation.

As the project is  self-sustaining, entrance fees generated by tours are not enough to run a  project like this. Therefore the volunteer project was started. The day fee  charged for volunteers at the project will contribute to funding the daily  upkeep of the project like food, supplements (minerals and supplements that  has to be added to their diet which the cats would naturally get in the wild but not always in captivity), veterinarian services, disinfectant for public entering the project, electricity, water, daily upkeep of the project,  specialized milk for hand raised (if needed) cubs and kittens.

Volunteering is an important  part of the Daniell Cheetah Project as we believe, if more people could come into closer contact with this beautiful cat, they would realize how important  the conservation of our wildlife is. Volunteering at our project offers you the opportunity to work with the trained staff and our resident  cats.

Would you like to help us with this important work? If the answer is yes please contact us, or look below for more details:

Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteering Highlights

• Working and interacting hands on with our residents, including meerkats, black footed cats, African wild cats, servals, caracals, cheetahs, leopards and lions. And also occasionally some farm animals.
• Learning about the animals and the environment they live in
• Exploring and discovering the African bush
• Making friends for life and having new experiences, both with the staff and your fellow volunteers

Whenever possible, in future these animals will be re-wilded, or wild ones are nursed back to health and released back into the wild. As a volunteer, you will be involved in the daily care and activities. It all depends on your own interest  and passions.

Volunteer Accommodation

Your tasks may include

• Preparing food for the animals  and feeding them
• Cleaning water and refilling
• Cleaning enclosures
• Grooming of animals
• Monitoring behaviour
• Assistance in general  maintenance of the project, removing alien plants in enclosures

One of  the perks of our small project is that volunteers also have lots of free time  to spend with our tame cats. This can include grooming or just playing with  them.

Participant Requirements

• No previous knowledge or experience is required. It can be hard work, but it will also be incredibly rewarding
• Must be in good health and to carry out all duties required of them
• It is important to note that you are expected to be fully involved in the preparation of the meat feeding the cats (this includes removing the meat from the bone).

Upon arrival you will receive a comprehensive orientation and will be fully briefed and trained in all areas. You will be introduced to all members of staff and given a tour of the Project. You will be shown where everything is and briefed exactly how to use everything. Please be aware:

• Water on the farm used for washing and bathing is not drinking water
• Fresh water to drink and cook with is supplied in tanks

You will not be expected to carry out any duties without the appropriate training and supervision. You will also be given more information on our reintroduction project and the plight of the spotted cats, so that you fully understand just how important and valuable the project work and your contribution as a volunteer is.

Braai (BBQ) area for volunteers

Braai (BBQ) area for volunteers

We are very flexible in the sense that if a volunteer wanting two days or half a day off, there is no problem in doing this. In a radius of a hundred kilometers we have the following; the village Kirkwood, Addo Park, Raptor Centre, Schotia Private Game Reserve, Restaurants, Port Elizabeth – shops etc., and Jeffreys Bay. There will be transport available for you.

To volunteer we ask for a donation of ZAR 600/day. Accommodation and lunch will be included in this. We ask volunteers to prepare their own morning and evening meals.

In 2016 we added the option of long term volunteering, for volunteers who would like to spend a extended period of time with us. Long term volunteering would be a minimum of 5 weeks at a reduced rate. For more information on this, please contact us directly at daniell@srvalley.co.za.

There is never a dull moment, volunteering and working with/for the endangered wild cats. There’s always something with which you will be able to assist. You will gain skills and knowledge that are priceless. You will form bonds of understanding, love and trust between you and the animals while interacting with people from all walks of life. Also, we are a project who makes sure you are volunteering responsibly.

Check out our youtube channel for more volunteer videos!

To volunteer of for more information, please contact us.

Volunteering Packages

The Serval Package

Ubuntu 2For short term volunteering of less than 4 weeks at R600/day 

This includes your housing (you will be staying in a house with other volunteers, each volunteer will have their own room, but will share a bathroom, a full equipped kitchen and living area, there is also a communal swimming pool and barbeque area), food (lunch will be provided at our curious shop during the day. All groceries will be provided but you will be responsible for preparation of your own breakfast and dinner; note that speciality/luxury products will not be provided, e.g.: chocolates, toiletries, etc.), laundry, Wi-Fi and transport to and from Port Elizabeth Airport.

 

The Cheetah Package

For medium term volunteering between 5 weeks and 3 months at R400/day 

This includes your housing (you will be staying in a house with other volunteers, each volunteer will have their own room, but will share a bathroom, a full equipped kitchen and living area, there is also a communal swimming pool and barbeque area), ), food (lunch will be provided at our curious shop during the day. All groceries will be provided but you will be responsible for preparation of your own breakfast and dinner; note that speciality/luxury products will not be provided, e.g.: chocolates, toiletries, etc.), Wi-Fi, laundry, transport to and from Port Elizabeth Airport.

 

The Lion package

Daniell Lions10For long term volunteering of between 3 months and 6 months at R200/day

This includes your housing (you will be staying in a house with other volunteers, you will have your own room, but will share a bathroom, a full equipped kitchen and living area, there is also a communal swimming pool and barbeque area), Wi-Fi, laundry and transport to and from Port Elizabeth Airport. You will have to provide your own food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

There is also a possibility of staying even longer if you would like to. Please email us at daniell@srvalley.co.za for further information