Friday, December 10, 2010

Volunteers to assist in the hand-rearing of cheetah cubs needed

Cheetah Outreach is currently seeking volunteers to assist in the hand-rearing of cheetah cubs next breeding season (approx. May - Oct 2011). We are looking for individuals to come to South Africa for a minimum of one month to volunteer on our cub raising programme.

In partnership with the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah and Wildlife Trust (previously the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust) we are responsible for the hand-rearing of cheetah cubs that may be abandoned or removed from their mother for other reasons, such as medical problems. These hand-reared cubs are then trained as ambassador animals and will be sent to zoo education programmes around the world where they do vital work in education and fund raising, thereby supporting conservation of cheetahs in the wild. For more information about the work of Cheetah Outreach please visit  which provides details of our conservation projects (in-situ and ex-situ).

Volunteers for the cub-rearing project must have appropriate experience and/or qualifications in any of the following disciplines: animal husbandry, veterinary nursing, medical experience, zoo keeping, wildlife rehabilitation, or neonatal care. This is a very rewarding experience, but as with caring for any neonate, long hours and lots of cleaning is required. As we are dealing with pregnancy and young cubs, there may be times when cubs are expected but do not arrive, if this happens, volunteers would be able to assist at the main Cheetah Outreach facility, working with the adult cheetahs. A deposit of 3000 South African Rand is required to take part in the project.

Accommodation is provided free of charge and you will receive a nominal amount of money towards food costs. Please email for more information on how to apply.

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