Panthera Africa

Stanford, South Africa, Africa
We are an environmentally friend sanctuary for any captive-bred big cats. One of Panthera Africa's main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. We are a blue print of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient, and we aim to change all breeding facilities into sustainable ethical programs.

We believe in the equal importance of both humans and animals, and we will do our absolute best to give you the experience of a lifetime. We know from personal experience that this includes both quality time with animals, as well as with staff and the other volunteers. Hearing a lion roar up close, getting love and recognition from a leopard, hearing the chuffing of a tiger, or seeing them appreciate and love the toys you make to enrich their lives = BLISS.

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care

What We Need

- Caring for the amazing big cats.
- Enrichment program.
- Preparation of food and feeding.
- Cleaning and maintaining enclosures.
- General farm work.
- Educating visitors.

You will work together with our staff throughout the day, who will guide and supervise you so that you will learn as much as possible from their experience.

When & Who

All year.
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 Weeks

What we Provide

Types: Volunteer House

During your stay you will enjoy our modern, yet cozy home. The house consists of 4 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms, a spacious and fully equipped kitchen for everyone to cook, a big living and dining room area where we enjoy dinners together, games nights, film evening or just relaxing with a nice book. Outside we have a traditional South African braai (BBQ) area, and a lovely pool with a garden to sunbath for the hot summer days!

Types: Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

We are preparing vegetarian food, but can also offer vegan and non-gluten for an extra cost of R200 per week.

Hot Water
First Aid
Swimming Pool

Our Fees

$78 daily

Price includes: transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport for arrival and departure, accommodation, breakfast (self-made) and lunch, weekly transport to grocery shop and our weekly Tuesdays activities!

Price does not include: flight ticket, medical and travel insurance, dinner each night, lodging in Cape Town on arrival and departure if required, and any activities and sight-seeing that has a fee.

Being situated close to many of South Africa's top tourist attractions - Cape Town with its Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point to mention some, Hermanus with its unbelievable whale watching cove and wine tasting, Gansbaai with its spectacular white shark diving, and some of the world's most amazing beaches on your door step, we and our passionate staff will do our upmost best to make this experience the best holiday of your life!

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pick Up/Drop Off
Social Activities

When being a volunteer at Panthera Africa we will offer you the unique opportunity to be involved behind the scenes and you can learn what it takes to run a sanctuary. The working hours will differ between summer and winter months due to temperature and hours of light during the day. We have a morning meeting where we go through every day's schedule so everything will be planned and set up for you.

The daily tasks will include:

- Looking after the amazing big cats and contributing to their wellbeing and happiness.
- Enrichment program (making toys for the animals).
- Preparation of food and feeding.
- Cleaning and maintaining enclosures.
- General farm work.
- Assisting with our educational visits.

Sundays and Tuesdays are normally your days off, so you can expect a good variety of work and relaxation. Tuesday is your activity day where you will be enjoying the amazing Overberg area together with the other volunteers.

In addition to the indescribable bonds you will form with the animals, friendships will be formed and together at the end of the day we all can share stories, hopes and dreams around the bonfire with a cold drink watching the famous African sunset.

Contact Person

Farm 933, Portion 2, Stanford 7210, Stanford, South Africa.

Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

So can we start to look forward to meeting you in beautiful Stanford? Are you ready for that life changing experience? We can promise you a lot of fun and magical moments – both with animals and your new friends from all around the world!

Our pride consists of 18 big cats and jackals, namely:

- Pardus (Black Leopard)
- Arabella and Raise (Tigers).
- Oliver, Obi, Jubatus, Neptune, Elsa, Zakara, Lei-ah, Jade and Achilles (Lions).
- Cody, Lucy and Maya (Jackals).
- Amy, Max and Jack (Caracals).

(Plus our little house pride consisting of our dogs Scorgo, Kira and Leo and our cats Tarzan and Neo).

All of our animals have been rescued from breeding facilities, and most of them have been taken away from their mothers to be hand-raised by humans for the profit of money. The whole Panthera Africa pride is now living the rest of their days with us given love, respect and the best life possible in captivity.

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