CHEETAH RE-INTRODUCTION PROJECT, SOUTH AFRICA
More than just a cheetah reserve

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Just 1.5 hours' drive from Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa, you will be greeted by rolling hills and the smell of the African bush. Here you will find more than just a cheetah reserve, but a haven in the wild where you will have the chance to experience mother nature at her very best. We invite you to join us and contribute to the conservation and continued survival of the cheetah as a hands on volunteer!

The Cheetah Breeding and Reintroduction Centre is based near Parys in South Africa (100 km south of Johannesburg). It is situated on a reserve which borders the Vaal River and is home to a variety of antelope species as well as giraffe.  The centre began working with captive-bred cheetahs in 2001 and in the past few years cheetahs have been bred and raised with a fantastic success rate. The initial aim of the project was to provide these cheetahs to other breeding programs, both in South Africa and internationally and therefore preventing them being taken from the wild but due to the rapidly declining numbers of cheetah in the wild, the program has realised that further action needs to be taken to address this problem. The centre aims to achieve this with a three-phase project which will see the cheetahs released into managed environments which are closer to their natural habitat.

You will get large amounts of hand on experience with the cheetahs, as you will be spending time with them every day as well as what has come to be fondly known as ‘cheetah time’ in the afternoons – an exclusive time for you to just spend time interacting with the cheetah with no duties to do!  Volunteers are also responsible for cleaning and maintaining the cheetah's enclosures, exercising and feeding them and monitoring any cubs (from the age of three months) that the project may have at that time. Once a month volunteers take a trip to Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in South Africa which is home to the ‘Big 5’, where you can see the best of Africa’s wildlife in its natural habitat.  

The program is currently in the initial stages of the reintroduction project, and are offering you the chance to help reintroduce cheetahs back into their natural habitat. You will be playing a vital role in monitoring and teaching the cheetahs (from the age of three months) to prepare them to hunt for themselves, so that the program realise the goal of seeing free-roaming cheetahs again.

The aim of the programme is to give you a deeper understanding of conservation and its importance in the 21st century, as well as giving you the incredible experience of interacting with the cheetahs on a daily basis.  The volunteer aspect of the programme has been running for four years now and has a maximum of 8 spaces available per month, providing you with the best possible experience by giving you plenty of interaction and hands-on time with the cheetahs.

Everyone at the Cheetah Reintroduction Centre has a contagious passion for nature and conservation, and especially the cheetahs. You will be working side by side with the staff and will find their knowledge and expertise invaluable during your stay!

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