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Working at a Wildlife Rehab Center in South Africa

South African Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Limpopo Province, South Africa

Volunteer with animalsIn the wildlife rehabilitation center there are a ton of different animals.  Most were injured in the wild as a result of human activity so we bring them back here to have a safe home for rehabilitation. Most of them are destined to be re-released into their natural habitats.

We host a variety of animals such as: lions, leopards,
cheetahs, hyenas, wolves, caracals, griffon vultures, eagles, badgers, owls, and more.
In my stay at the center there was a baby rhino that was abandoned by her mother, which was no less than incredible to see and be a part of.

Baby rhino!

All the volunteers were really nice and friendly and I got to build relationships with people from all over the world that will last a lifetime.  The center itself is managed by a wide host of staff from student coordinators to vets, the atmosphere is really pleasant and relaxed. Our managerial staff and co-workers were friendly and respectful and everyone had fun together.

Teamwork with volunteers and staff

While I stayed there we were scheduled a shift to go out in the bush to nurse two cheetah cubs and the baby rhino.  This experience for me was beyond wonderful – to be surrounded by animals from duck ’till dawn, all the while in close contact with them.  Every night I fall asleep to the sounds of hyenas answering the roars of lions.

Playful lion

Every morning I woke up with a huge smile on my face that I carried with me throughout the day.

Just a kitty cat

If you enjoy close contact with animals and want to see that stars at night like you’ve never seen before, this was a one-of-a-kind experience that is truly unique and different from any safari or other kind of tourist-oriented trip, and I highly recommend you do this volunteering.


Ziv Harpaz

Wild zebras
Here's lookin' at you, kid






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