On the first day, you'll receive an in-depth orientation, tour CCF's Research and Education Centre, meet the staff, and become familiar with programs under way at the center.
On subsequent days, you’ll participate in a variety of activities as a volunteer helper in CCF's research, conservation, and education program. You'll get a good look at many of the local animals on game counts conducted from vehicles and during a 12-hour stay in a hide at a water hole. You’ll assist CCF keepers in feeding cheetahs and cleaning their pens.
You'll also help care for dogs, sheep, and goats. CCF's livestock-guarding dogs are raised among domestic livestock and consider the herd their family. CCF provides these dogs to Namibian farmers who use them to guard their livestock from cheetahs, thus making it easier for cheetahs and livestock to coexist. You’ll go on "scat walks" with dogs that have been trained to find cheetah feces by smell. You may observe CCF's clinic staff take body measurements and biological samples from anesthetized cheetahs.
Some volunteers may assist in CCF’s education program, which is designed to familiarize people of all ages with the cheetah, the long-term survival challenges it faces, and some solutions to these problems. You may also assist with entering research data or scanning documents.
On recreational days, you may take an optional overnight trip to Etosha National Park (at an additional cost), where you'll have a chance to see a wide range of the spectacular African fauna at water holes and on game drives.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.