Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hand Rearing of Cheetah Cubs

Cheetah Outreach is currently seeking volunteers to assist in the hand-rearing of cheetah cubs next breeding season (approx. April - Oct 2015). We are looking for individuals to come to South Africa for a minimum of one month to volunteer on our cub rearing programme.

In partnership with the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah and Wildlife Trust (previously the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust) we are responsible for the hand-rearing of cheetah cubs. These hand-reared cubs are trained as ambassador animals and will be sent to zoo education programmes around the world where they do vital work in education and fund raising, thereby supporting conservation of cheetahs in the wild. For more information about the work of Cheetah Outreach please visit which provides details of our conservation projects (in-situ and ex-situ).

Volunteers for the cub-rearing project must have appropriate experience and/or qualifications in any of the following disciplines: animal husbandry, veterinary nursing, zoo keeping, wildlife rehabilitation or neonatal care.

This is a very rewarding experience, but as with caring for any neonate, long hours and lots of cleaning is required.

As we are dealing with pregnancy and young cubs, there may be times when cubs are expected but do not arrive, if this happens, volunteers would be able to assist at the main Cheetah Outreach facility, working with the adult cheetahs.

A deposit of 3000 South African Rand is required to take part in the project. Accommodation is provided free of charge and you will receive a nominal amount of money towards food costs.

Flights to South Africa are not provided.

Closing date for receipt of first application forms will be 10th December 2014.

Please email Mandi at for more information on how to apply. Please put cub rearing programme 2015 in the subject line.

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