Have you ever thought about doing some “hands-on” volunteering work? Or, you are planning to take some time off, maybe a gap year or sabbatical?  Volunteering can be a great way to give back, to experience something new and extraordinary and of course, to support organizations aiming at making a difference.  From our personal experiences with several organizations, and because we sometimes receive requests to recommend some quality volunteering programs, we have decided to dedicate this space to Wildlife ACT, an organization which we believe offers volunteers an opportunity to do something really meaningful.       

Wildlife volunteering in South Africa


Wildlife Africa Conservation Team (Wildlife ACT) runs critically endangered and priority conservation projects in Africa. We implement and manage tracking and wildlife conservation projects across a number of game reserves in South Africa. Volunteers can join our professional team and contribute to our conservation projects as we monitor animals such as Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Rhino, Lion, Elephant and Leopard. Wildlife ACT's conservation volunteer program is supported by, and works with high profile conservation organizations including WWF, Endangered Wildlife Trust and Panthera.  


Wildlife ACT’s work is focused on Cheetah, Wild dog, Black Rhino & Vultures. We also monitor Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, White Rhino and Buffalo. These species act as umbrella species, meaning that the conservation of these high profile species has a spin-­‐off effect of the preservation of large tracts of land and the conservation of biodiversity in these systems.

Our projects currently run on four different Game Reserves in KwaZulu-­‐Natal; Hluhluwe-­‐iMfolozi Park, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Thanda Private Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park.  As a volunteer, you will be actively involved in the day-­‐to-­‐day aspects of the work including:

  • Daily tracking and locating of priority species wildlife, via radio telemetry.
  • Mapping the sightings using GPS equipment.
  • Observing animal behavior for research purposes.
  • Photographing and creating identity kits for reintroduced/relocated animals.
  • Periodically setting up & checking camera traps 
  • Assisting with ongoing game counts.


Depending on how long you join our team, you could experience:

  • Radio collaring of animals.
  • Notching (identity marking) of animals such as Rhino.
  • Night tracking excursions – for example Hyenas.
  • Relocation or re-­‐introduction of endangered species.
  • Vulture counts and nest surveys.
  • Bird ringing & alien plant control.


Wildlife ACT is an experienced, passionate, hands-­‐on team who are looking for volunteers who want their contribution to be effectively utilized in genuine conservation efforts.




Wildlife monitoring is essential for keeping track of animal movement patterns, habitat utilization, population demographics, snaring and poaching incidents and breakouts. The valuable information that you gather, has numerous management applications, including the planning of successful introduction and removal strategies of endangered wildlife species.

Wildlife ACT supplies information to local and international conservation authorities including the WWF, the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, Panthera, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Wildlands Conservation Trust and the KZN Wild Dog Management Group.

Website: www.wildlifeact.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WildlifeACT
Wildlife ACT Fund: www.wildlifeactfund.org