The Wildest Fundamentals!
YOUR first steps into wildlife conservation, rehabilitation, and veterinary medicine!
Learn about all the essentials in wildlife conservation!
Wanna work in a zoo, aquarium, rehab centre or something else with wild animals?
Then read on!
The Wildest Fundamentals is created especially for adventurers just like you!
You have a love for the iconic animals of the savannah, but you are also looking for that little extra shazaam?! You would love to explore and see the world, while getting hands-on experience with as many animals as possible?
In this program you will learn more about African big cats and other predators, domestic animals, birds, monkeys and even marine wildlife!
Conservation, rehabilitation and Veterinary medicine heading your way, right NOW!
16-day project, based at two locations!
9 days at a wild cat rehabilitation centre and 7 days at Cape Town
Wild cat rehabilitation!
Let’s get wild!!
You will get a wide range of experience. From wildlife and domestic animal diseases, to environmental conservation, to anti-poaching and direct contact with African wildlife. This is where conservation, rehabilitation and ethics go hand in hand, and you will be right in the center of it!
Here are the highlights of the first 9-day part of your trip:
1. The farm life!
On the rehab farm you’ll see first hand which tasks are necessary in a zoo-like environment: what to feed the animals, what to do when an animal gets sick, why is my lion breathing heavily, etc. A few activities include: preparing food for all the animals, behavioral checks, designing enrichment, administering medication, administrative work, cleaning out enclosures, playing with the monkeys, etc.
Immerse yourself in the rehab life and get a real bond with these magnificent animals!
As nobody likes just cleaning out enclosures and shoveling poo, this will always be held to a minimum. In fact, the obese part of your trip will be spent outside the farm!
2. Predator course & behavioral studies!
Learn more about the African predators while being up close with them within arm’s reach. Learn about management of captive predator populations, basic ecology, design and improvement of enclosures, handling and care, parasites, diseases and vaccinations, food chains, … Sounds awesome right? You will get a manual to make sure you won’t forget a thing!
After learning all the ins and outs of the predator, it is time to put your glasses on and watch them closely! Register their behavior with the behavioral chart. The cages of the smaller animals are free to access whenever you want. To study them and play with them. When you see their typical behavior just tick them off your chart! Really learn how a cheetah behaves in captivity, or why a civet is afraid of the light!
The farm hosts a mighty pride of lions, cheetahs, servals, caracals, jackals, vervet monkeys, porcupines, bat-eared foxes, meerkats, rock hyraxes, African civets, and others.
The focus is always ethical animal-first interaction and study.
3. Sssssnake workshop!
Africa is full of snakes! Especially when the rains fall, the snake eggs hatch. Result? A few weeks later there is a booming case load of cats, dogs, horses and other animals that get bitten by snakes. People rush to the vet! We have antidotes for some of the snake species, others we don’t. Since every antidote is species-specific, it’s very important to know which one bit your lovely chowchow!
In this workshop you learn all about the venomous and non-venomous snake species of Africa. How to differentiate them, how to handle one,what to do when you see one!
4. Into the slums!
A unique opportunity, that will stay with you forever! Treat dogs and cats, play with the kids, high five locals and have a truly remarkable time! Get ready for a culture shock.
The slums, also known as townships, is a congregation of small houses made of cardboard, plastic and garbage thingies.
During the project you will go on a township run to help the local animals of the slums. Many are mistreated, sick, wounded, underfed and full of parasites. You will treat them all! A great opportunity to support the community and improve your karma!
Of course you are guarded and guided all along the way! It’s all safe.
5. Veterinary excellence!
We work together with different clinics and vets surrounding Bloemfontein. You will join on as many wildlife and domestic visits as possible during your stay. Because let’s be honest, what’s cooler than real clinical work?
Most of the vets’ work is domestic animal work. A great way to learn the ever so important foundations of the entire veterinary profession (life lesson, bro fist)! Also for those learning more about animal care, it’s a great opportunity to assist and help in everything you will need in your future career.
You will help and assist the vets at the clinic and on location with cats, dogs, horses, livestock and occasionally wildlife. Assist in operations, sterilizations, diagnostics, game captures and various treatments as they come along!
How much vet work? 3 to 4 days, depending on availability. Animals don’t get sick on demand.
7. Boosting your career!
During the program, there are three remarkable courses for you included. You get to learn a lot, that so many other people just never will! It will set you apart when you apply for a job within the niche. Did I say zoos, aquariums, animal rehab centers, wildlife reserves, national parks, and others? I think I did.
The predator course and the snake workshop, as mentioned earlier, are two of these. But here is the crème de la crème (drums please…):
Wildlife Rehabilitation course!
This extensive one-day course will learn you everything you need to know about animal rehabilitation. You will get a syllabus where all theory is laid out for you. The rehab farm is the ideal place to put theory into practice, because a lot of species are present. You will learn everything about what to do when a dehydrated fox comes in, what to do when baby servals didn’t get colostrum (colo what..?), how a vulture holds its wing when it’s broken, etc etc.
Plus, you get a certificate!
Sleeping with a roar!
Wake up and fall a sleep with the roaring lions! Your bed is literally just a few steps away from the kings of the savannah. “The Barn” will be your safe haven on the rehab farm, it’s a ten bedroom farm stall within walking distance of the main lodge and all enclosures. There is a fully functional kitchen, a bathroom and a communal room. Here you can play some pool, read a book or just relax a bit. You will be bunked together with 2-4 other volunteers. So let’s get social!
OK let’s sum up The Wildest Fundamentals!
16-day trip, based at two locations!
The 16-day total program includes the following!
Check out below!
- All accommodation & recipe book
- All activities & courses
- All transport and entrance fees
- Letter of recommendation & certificates
- All food at the wild cat centre (9 days)
- Animal overdose
- One traditional South African braai in Cape Town
- Flights & visa
- Travel passport, insurance
- Vaccinations & travel medication
- Airport transport at Cape Town
- Food at the Cape escape (7 days)!
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Ok cool! But will this cost me an arm and a leg?
No it won’t! Unless if you want to be a real blood thirsty pirate with a wooden leg.
Special exclusive price for students of The Wildest Trail: all-inclusive 16-day The Wildest Fundamentals €1467.00 per person.
This combination 9-day wild cat program + 7-day Cape Escape with all its unique animals, experiences, learnings, activities and accommodation will only cost you 1467.00 euro.
Transport is always cheaper in a group, in Africa it is the same. All transport including airport shuttle, day trips, activities, etc, amounts to 98 euro for 4 students! So group on, and split it!
4 students > will cost you 24,5€ extra per person.
3 students > will cost you 33€ extra pp.
2 students > will cost you 49€ extra pp.
So find yourself some friends and let’s make it a group experience!