The Western Cape Cheetah Conservation Volunteer Program
Since 2001 the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC) has been rescuing and rehabilitating cheetahs at a special facility at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge.
The WCCC is at the forefront of cheetah conservation in South Africa and is a globally recognised initiative. Through dedication, passion and the expertise of leading specialists in veterinary science, conservation dynamics and predator behaviour studies, the WCCC has rescued 14 cheetahs and released two into the wild. The WCCC is a sanctuary for cheetahs as well as a centre for knowledge and research in cheetah conservation, aiming to educate the public and promote awareness for the cheetah.
Cheetah conservation is a highly specialised field, because these big cats present peculiar challenges. While human conflict and loss of habitat are some of the chief causes of decline in wild cheetah populations throughout Africa, genetic defects are an added concern. Years of interbreeding have weakened the species, leaving them susceptible to genetic diseases, often related to the skin and bones.
As a result, trained and knowledgeable caregivers ensure that the cheetahs receive the best care possible. The cheetahs benefit from a unique wildlife management programme that ensures they receive adequate amounts of physical training and psychological stimulation every day by means of nursing, feeding, long walks, running exercises and interactions with visitors.
As part of our ongoing commitment to raising awareness we invite those with experience in animal handling or those completing studies in wildlife conservation or veterinary sciences, to apply for the volunteer program at the WCCC.