This 2-week Eco-Volunteer Learning Course is an informative, fun yet formalised Rehabilitation Conservation Wildlife Research Eco-Volunteering educational program and comprises learning through a Volunteering initiative along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Wildlife Rehabilitation Conservation specific volunteering program which is founded on outcome-based learning objectives with innovative approaches to Wildlife Rehabilitation and applying sound operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies, procedures and protocols.

The program is structured and organised with progressive interactive eco-learning from day to day. This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired rehabilitation skills and greater conservation awareness. This program gives an insight into Wildlife Rehabilitation Practices, Veterinarian Procedures from time-to-time and a host of Conservation Research Initiatives and Projects during your stay with us. You will leave with an enriched and fulfilling new found appreciation for Wildlife Rehabilitation and an understanding of Conservation Research and Conservation Projects and the role they play in our world today. Let us also not forget the long lasting memories and new found friendships with our fellows.

Program Objectives & Outcomes

  • Participating Eco-volunteers will become Predator aware due the very nature of Tenikwa’s Awareness aims as well as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Objectives which are highlighted as are the Facility and Animal Management principles, strategies and protocols associated with the general care, husbandry and welfare of animals in our care.
  • Eco-Volunteers will leave with a better appreciation and understanding of Predator and Wildlife Rehabilitation Management in South Africa by experiencing every facet of the day-to-day life of our resident and hospitalised animals and how this contributes to conservation awareness in general in Africa today.
  • Eco-Volunteers will become involved in a whole host of regional Conservation Projects and Conservation Research initiatives which not only are heaps of fun but also create a lifetime of conservation awareness. Each Eco-Volunteer will leave with a better and more extensive understanding of the role that Conservation Projects and Research plays in our modern world where there are perpetual threats to ecosystems and the environment. Knowledge and understanding is the key. Let us unlock it for you.


Week 1 – 5-Days Wildlife Rehabilitation & Veterinarian Interventions Learning Experience Module

 During this 5-day program component, Eco-Volunteers will be exposed to Wildlife Rehabilitation, the principles, procedures, protocols and general management methodologies to successfully rehabilitate injured wildlife for possible release back into their natural environment. The rehabilitation centre at Tenikwa has a long and distinguished track record in rehabilitating wild animals and you will be exposed to the centre and the handling of various animal patients on a day-to-day basis under the expert guidance of the Rehabilitation Centre coordinator.

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 5-day program component you will be exposed to veterinary practices, protocols and procedures from an observation point of view. Our consulting veterinarian will make time available to discuss various aspects of veterinary practices, treatment strategies and a career as a Veterinarian as and when time permits.

What you the Eco-Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

Principles, Protocols and Procedures for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release – You will explore and research the principles, protocols and procedures for the Rescue, Rehabilitation and release of animals back into their natural habitat. We look at assessment criteria for treatment on arrival, to a care and rehabilitation strategy culminating in the release back into the wild, of rehabilitated animals.

Veterinary Interventions & Procedures – You will be exposed to the veterinary component of rehabilitation and the care of our resident Predators and African Cats at the Centre as and when the need arises. Most of what you will be exposed to is from an observation perspective unless assistance is requested from the veterinarian. There will be weekly check-ups, emergency cases and minor treatments required from time-to-time for our animal patients and our resident Predators. Please note that during the 4-week program you may well be exposed to this component at irregular intervals and may not have this entire 5-day period exposure to the veterinarian. We will ensure that you have adequate exposure to this component.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Techniques, Tools and Methodologies – Birds, Mammals – We explore and research a wide spectrum of Wildlife Rehabilitation techniques, tools and methodologies for injured animals on a daily basis. You will be tasked with a variety of research initiatives from a theoretical perspective and discuss as a group the possible practical applications and implications of using specific techniques, tools and methodologies.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at Tenikwa in the Crags 20km from Plettenberg Bay.

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

Week 2 – 5-Days African Conservation Research and Conservation Projects

During your time with us you will be exposed to a variety of regional and localised Conservation Projects & Conservation Research Initiatives. This region, due to its diversity of habitat and endemic species accounts are a favoured research zone. We will introduce you to two of our 4-week Eco-Volunteering projects in the Crags – Our Predi-Cat Program and our Elephant Program at the Elephant Sanctuary both exciting, fun and informative interactive eco-learning programs.

What you the Eco-Volunteer will experience in this Program:

Conservation Projects – Conservation projects in the region include clearing of Invasive and Alien plant species; Monitoring Estuarine Ecosystems; Clearing Hiking paths and trails; Beach debris clean ups and documenting debris found; Seal Colony Observations from Land and sea; Animal Release Initiatives to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these Conservation projects during your stay with us.

Conservation Research Initiatives – These initiatives include Bird Ringing; Fish monitoring; Fynbos Research initiatives; Bird monitoring; Marine Animal research initiatives, Reptile & Snake Handling initiatives; Macro Invertebrate Research; and Seabird Research, to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these research initiatives during your stay with us. We will surprise you from time-to-time. Expect the unexpected.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at the Tenikwa in the Crags 20km from Plettenberg Bay.

On the final Saturday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Sunday is used for packing and onward journeys.

Each component of the program gives you the opportunity to experience Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and assist with the daily duties associated with the rehabilitation centre. In addition to this you will throughout the program be exposed to localised Conservation Projects and Research initiatives.

If it is a learning experience you seek and a Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Research/Project Adventure like no other then this program is for you.

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Research

Eco-Volunteer Learning Program
Per person sharing

(14 days). Price on request. Additional over night costs for early arrivals and late departures.

Single Room Supplements are applicable


This particular program is presented full-time over a period of 2-WEEKS.


On completion of the program, you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.


A minimum age of 18 Years old and a maximum age of 65 Years old. Fitness and the ability to get and be involved in all facets of the program inclusive of a physical requirement, is a pre-requisite.


Preference will be given to applicants who have already participated in the 5-day Predi-Cat Husbandry and 5-day Behaviour Programs



These programs commence on the 3RD MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.
Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.
15 – 28 February ’16
21 March - 3 April ’16
18 April - 1 May ’16
16 – 29 May ’16
20 June - 3 July ’16
18 - 31 July ’16
15 – 28 August ’16
19 September - 2 Oct ’16
17 - 30 October ’16
21 November - 4 Dec ‘16