Welcome to Africa! During this first week, you'll be led through the various areas of predator & African Cat Husbandry, animal management and principles, and animal welfare. The facilitator/instructor will guide the experience and the learning outcomes in a fun and entertaining manner.
Get ready to get your hands dirty and to get very involved in each area of a predator's life in the semi-captive environment.
Now it's time to put the skills you've learned into practice. You'll learn new tools and techniques to monitor and record behaviors and note your observations. You'll use three key principles, namely observation, interpretation, and deduction.
The third week of your experience is very exciting. You'll be introduced to wildlife rehabilitation, procedures, protocols, principles, general management methods and how to rehabilitate injured wildlife. The ultimate goal is to release them back into the wild. The center has a great track record of rehabilitation and release.
Due to the very nature of animal rehabilitation and care of resident predators and African cats, veterinary assistance will be required from time-to-time. During this week volunteers will be exposed to veterinary practices, protocols, and procedures from an observation point of view. The resident veterinarian will make time available to discuss various aspects of veterinary practices, treatment strategies and a career as a veterinarian.
The last week of your program, you will undertake on a project where all the observations collected to this point are combined into a group project. As a group you'll make a presentation with this information as well as your individual experiences and interesting facts about predator behavior and adaptability.