We are a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the African cheetah. We rely on public support for our education, public-awareness, and livestock guarding dog programs.
The daily duties of volunteers include:
- Greeting visitors at our facility and informing them about our project and the cheetah in general
- Food preparation
- Merchandise sales
- Duties at our entrance
- Cleaning (dishes, enclosures, shop floors, office and passages, vehicles, etc.)
- Taking care of our Anatolian shepherd dogs
- This will sometimes involve hard manual labor such as fencing, carpentry, building gates, digging and all things needed for the general maintenance of our enclosures.
Please note that one of the main responsibilities of volunteers is to tend to the guests and to work hands-on with the public. These responsibilities require an individual to be outgoing, confident, enthusiastic, and highly proficient in English. About 80% of a volunteer's time will be spent dealing with the general public and guests.
The primary goal of our volunteers is to communicate the Cheetah Outreach conservation message to guests at the facility through daily guided tours and assisting with cheetah and small animal encounters. Volunteers are given the opportunity to become more involved with the animals on site as they progress through the program.
No experience with animals or conservation work is necessary as full training is given.
Accommodation is provided at the volunteer home, which is situated close to the Cheetah Outreach facility.
Provision of accommodation is dependent on the number of volunteers’ we have present at the time. If the accommodation is fully booked when you wish to join the program, we can give you recommendations of where to stay, but this will need to be arranged and funded by yourself.
Dorm style bedrooms with bunk-beds
Please bring your own sleeping bag
Please bring your own towels or purchase these on arrival
All volunteers are expected to clean up after themselves and to leave communal areas (lounge, kitchen, bathroom, patio, etc.) in a clean and tidy state.
50% of the one-time fee is refundable provided that you stay for the full length of time that you committed to and that you do not incur any additional costs.
Please keep in mind that you will need to budget for food.
A washing machine
Transport to and from the facility
Animal husbandry, animal enrichment, handling of our animals, managerial, maintenance and administrative.
Situated about 40 km from Cape Town, the Cheetah Outreach Trust is a not-for-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the free-ranging cheetah and the stability of cheetahs held in captivity as an assurance population. The work of the Cheetah Outreach Trust is focused on four key areas: environmental education, reduction of wildlife-human conflict through applied and effective in situ (field-based) strategies, advocacy for the elimination of illegal trade using the South African DNA studbook (hosted by Cheetah Outreach) as a monitoring tool for legitimacy of animals traded and research.
Mission statement: promoting the survival of the free-ranging Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives