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This Lion Park is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed sanctuary for captive-born lions that cannot be rehabilitated into the wild. It was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserve.
Today the Park provides these displaced lions with a lifetime home in an enriched environment, where they are allowed to live out their lives with dignity. The Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises of 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat. The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organisations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need.
The Park is not involved in commercial breeding or trade and offers lifetime care to all of its animals. All the animals brought to the Park are captive bred / hand reared and cannot be rehabilitated to the wild. The animals at the Park are assured a chance of living out their natural lives in an enriched and safe environment.
- Caring for Big Cats
- Hearing the sounds of Wildlife throughout the night
- Partaking in a Responsible Wildlife project
- Completed Application form
- Basic level of competency in English
- Good physical and mental health
- Love for Animals!
The farm is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands, which is roughly 50 km from Cape Town. The drive is around 1 hour.
- ATMS: There are plenty of ATMS in Cape Town where you will have your orientation. Once on project you will have the opportunity to withdraw money on your weekly shopping trip.
- Medical: We have very good medical emergency facilities nearby. The most serious health risk you are likely to face is from the South African sun so please come prepared with adequate sunscreen, UV filter sunglasses and a hat.
General volunteer activities will include but not be limited to the following:
- Monitoring visitors to the sanctuary to ensure our animals well being
- Food preparation for the lions
- Cleaning the grounds and facilities
- Maintenance/Cleaning of Enclosures
- Cleaning lion camps
- Clearing alien vegetation
- Clearing fence lines and general fence maintenance
- Fence construction
- Firebreak maintenance (and fire fighting in the summer!)
- Airport pick up & Drop off
- 2 Day Cape Town Orientation
- Transport to the project location from the Orientation venue
- Weekly transport to town for shopping
- 24 hour support and supervision
- Donation to the project
- Certificate of Appreciation
Accommodation is in the form of shared same gender units (maximum 3 persons) with a communal kitchen / recreation room. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove and fridge. Volunteers are responsible for keeping the accommodation tidy at all times. The accommodation units are situated a short distance from the lion and chimp enclosures, so you will have the added bonus of hearing the lions roar every night!