volunteer, you will be assisting in many different activities at our facility:
An average “work week” is Monday-Friday. Volunteers will have an opportunity to use their weekends for local travel or straight relaxation! Our Sanctuary is located along the Garden Route of South Africa just outside Jeffreys Bay, so the opportunities are endless!
Here are a few examples of nearby activities within the area:
There are many reliable local transportation options that can be
utilized for these opportunities. Should you wish to do a trip to a local
tourist hot spot with staff from the Sanctuary, this can be arranged at a
The Warriors of Wildlife Sanctuary is a rescue center for captive bred animals - mainly lions. At our sanctuary, the animals that come into our care are protected for the rest of their lives with no breeding, trading or selling of any kind. The sanctuary is their forever home. Our facility is designed to be an educational opportunity for visitors and volunteers alike, and we strive to raise awareness in the plight of big cats within captivity and in the natural world.
It is important to note that our facility is also permitted to take in any rehabilitation and release cases of indigenous wildlife within the area. Should those opportunities arise for volunteers to assist in the rehabilitation process, it will be discussed on a “need to” basis. This opportunity is NOT guaranteed.
To join our volunteer program, you will need to be in good health
and be 18 years of age or older. To guarantee good communication, a fair
understanding of the English language is required. Good social skills,
flexibility, and readiness to assist where needed are vital during your time
with us as each day changes based on the needs of the animals and the facility
as a whole. You will be working side by side with management of the sanctuary
as well as other staff and volunteers. Become part of our pride by immersing
yourself into an opportunity of a lifetime!
Work Routine:Each day will begin with a light breakfast of tea, coffee, toast, and cereals.
Work time will vary be between 5-8 hours a day depending on the
needs of the facility during your time with us. Each day there will be a 2-hour
lunch break to ensure ample time to “refuel.” During the hot summer months, we
may alter the schedule to eliminate any heavy work during the hottest times of
**Important Note** You may be required to assist in the
preparation of the big cats’ meals, which is often cow, horse, chicken, or
antelope meat. This may also include removing meat from the bone and working
with or around carcasses.
During the evenings, volunteers will have the opportunity to
unwind and relax. It’s a great time to reconnect with family and friends from home
or share stories with other volunteers around a fire about the day’s
happenings. Having a South African "braai" is a favorite and an absolute must
during your stay!
Please contact us for information regarding fees, length of stay and availability at email@example.com
What is the minimum stay/duration for volunteering? - Our minimum stay is 1 week.
your minimum age requirement?- 18 years of age
languages will I need to speak? - A good understanding of English is required.
Do I need
to have previous work or volunteer experience before coming?- No. Volunteering is an opportunity for all! Our volunteer program
is for anyone who has a true love for wildlife, nature, travel, and new
Why pay to
volunteer?- Warriors of Wildlife is a nonprofit organization and we survive
solely on donations. In return for your opportunity to work with the
Organization and the Sanctuary, volunteers fund themselves during the duration
of their time with us. Housing and supervising volunteers is not always an easy
or cheap task through all of the preparations required such as training,
transportation, housing preparations, etc. Volunteer fees generated from our program also go towards the care
costs of our Sanctuary residents as well as future rescues/relocations/rehabilitation
cases that we may undertake.
How do I
apply to for a volunteer placement? -
1. Download the application form and email to
from other countries should apply for a “tourist visa”
NOT a “work visa” at your nearest South African embassy or consulate at
weeks before your intended date of arrival in South Africa. We do
strongly advise that you contact your local South African consulate
as visa regulations and requirements are subject to change.
NOTE** Please consult with your local governments about travel
restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can I keep in touch with family and friends?- We recommend that you purchase a local SIM card upon arrival, where you can then upload data and airtime as required. Staff are happy to assist you in this process should you need.
What are the health risks in South Africa?- Our facility is located in a malaria free zone. Please do ensure that you are up to date on all vaccinations prior to your arrival and speak to your personal health care provider or travel doctor in your area should they recommend anything further. Please make sure that you have adequate travel insurance during your stay within the country. There are great emergency medical facilities as well as local clinics nearby should anything arise.
Do I need
insurance?- It is always recommended to have adequate travel/medical insurance
when you travel anywhere. You are highly advised to take out a comprehensive
insurance policy before you travel to our Sanctuary. It is extremely important
that your insurance policy covers illness, injury, theft, loss, and
repatriation in the event of a medical emergency.
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