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Volunteering in South Africa at the Tiger, Lion, and Wildlife Park

Volunteering in South Africa at the Tiger, Lion, and Wildlife Park

Volunteer in South Africa – Tiger, Lion, and Wildlife Park

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Continue reading Gabriella's postMy name is Gabriella and I volunteered at the Tiger, Lion, and Wildlife Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for 5 weeks. It has always been my dream to work with lions and tigers and I finally fulfilled it.

My jaw dropped when I was taken for a tour of the park and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all the magnificent animals.
This was my second time in Africa, and once again I arrived to a different country alone, and was thrown into a routine with a group of international volunteers that I had to work with, and spend every minute of the day with.  I feel very lucky that I got to know such incredible people, and I was able to connect to the other volunteers on very deep levels.

The GoEco volunteers always ate together and had a great time

Meal time with all the volunteers

Having mutual goals, including sharing a love and passion for animals and wanting to conserve the African wild life, brought me and the other volunteers closer. We were a family.

The GoEco volunteers go Paintballing

Ready to go paintballing

By spending time with the animals, I learned the behavior of lions, tigers and the other wild animals in the park and how they differentiate themselves from one another.

A white tiger lazing in the afternoon

White tigers are amazing animals

I am a vegetarian, and I had to prep horse meat for the wild animals on my first day. My hands were covered in blood when I was done, but I got used to the feel of the meat and the smell after a while.

GoEco volunteers had to cut up raw meat and feed it to the lions

Lion lunch time

By spending a lot of time with the sanctuary animals, I developed deep bonds with them including Sahyia and Sylvester, two beautiful caracals, and Coconut, an incredible lioness cub.

White lions are rare so as a GoEco volunteer I was lucky to see one

Coconut, a white lioness

Volunteers had to look after all of the animals at the park including this caracal

This is one of my favorite animals at the park

I went on different activities that I never would of thought I would do. I cage dived with Great White Sharks, skydived, bungee jumped, and was even chased by a herd of buffalo on a game drive on quad bikes before galloping along the South African shore on horseback.

Volunteers went on trips outside of the park and this is me bungee jumping.

Bungee jumping

There are many ways to see game in the park.  This is us on a game drive on quad bikes

A game drive on quad bikes

Volunteers get to experience the park in many ways, including horseback riding

Horseback riding through the park

All these incredible memories are imprinted in my mind and my heart. I will never forget this fantastic journey. Volunteering in South Africa at the Tiger, Lion and Wildlife Park has been the best experience and birthday I have had in my life and I can’t recommend it enough.

GoEco volunteers get to help raise cubs if there are any in the park

It’s so amazing to bond with the cubs!

It is a once in a life time experience and I am already planning my next trip to volunteer at the Tiger, Lion and Wildlife Park for next summer with some of the other volunteers that I met.  I can’t wait to fall asleep and wake up to the roars of lions, cuddle with caracals, tiger cubs and a lioness cub.

Volunteers work with many animals

Some of my new friends…see you soon

South Africa, I’ll see you soon.

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about the Tiger, Lion, and Wildlife Park in South Africa!

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