African Predi-Cat Project

African Predi-Cat Project

African Predi-Cat Project

Trip Details:

Operator:   SAVE Volunteering
Price From: 3,250 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 4 weeks

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About this program

Join an exciting, informative, fun, program in South Africa working with predator cats. You’ll assist in a myriad of activities in an effort to help understand predator behaviors, strategies, as well as to apply animal management, care and more. 

This 4-week program is organized to make the best of your interaction and learning with the animals. You’ll have the chance to learn new skills and knowledge about animal husbandry, animal welfare, as well as, different procedures and protocols. From Monday-Friday each week, you’ll cover a variety of different activities including studying and observing the behavior, hunting strategies and much more. 

At the end of your 4-weeks, you’ll participate in a group project that combines all of the knowledge, observations and predator behaviors into one report, along with your own personal experiences and those of your team. You’ll make a presentation of this data, which will be used for ongoing studies. 

When not on the program, there is a host of activities you’ll have access to in the region. From cage diving with Great White Sharks, to Bungy Jumping, to Canyoneering, you’ll never be bored in your free time!


Week 1: Predator & Cat Husbandry, Care, Welfare & Management

Welcome to Africa! During this first week, you'll be led through the various areas of predator & African Cat Husbandry, animal management and principles, and animal welfare.  The facilitator/instructor will guide the experience and the learning outcomes in a fun and entertaining manner.

Get ready to get your hands dirty and to get very involved in each area of a predator's life in the semi-captive environment. 

Week 2: Predi-Cat Behavioural Research

Now it's time to put the skills you've learned into practice. You'll learn new tools and techniques to monitor and record behaviors and note your observations. You'll use three key principles, namely observation, interpretation, and deduction. 

Week 3: Wildlife Rehabilitation & Veterinarian Interventions

The third week of your experience is very exciting. You'll be introduced to wildlife rehabilitation, procedures, protocols, principles, general management methods and how to rehabilitate injured wildlife. The ultimate goal is to release them back into the wild. The center has a great track record of rehabilitation and release.  

Due to the very nature of animal rehabilitation and care of resident predators and African cats, veterinary assistance will be required from time-to-time. During this week volunteers will be exposed to veterinary practices, protocols, and procedures from an observation point of view. The resident veterinarian will make time available to discuss various aspects of veterinary practices, treatment strategies and a career as a veterinarian.

Week 4: African Predi-Cat Experience Summary

The last week of your program, you will undertake on a project where all the observations collected to this point are combined into a group project. As a group you'll make a presentation with this information as well as your individual experiences and interesting facts about predator behavior and adaptability.  

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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