Volunteer with us

UPDATE: We plan to launch our volunteer program this year.

Working to end the suffering of animals in captivity and protect wild animals and their environments, Animal Defenders International collaborates with governments to conduct large-scale seizures of captive wild animals, relocating them to forever homes and back to their natural habitats where possible.  

The ADI Wildlife Sanctuary has been established to provide a permanent home to rescued animals from entertainment, wildlife trade and exploitation. The life experiences of these animals teach understanding of animals and wildlife preservation.

Help care for our rescued animals

Carving out pumpkin treats for the lions

Through our volunteer program you can help the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary teams with the day-to-day care of our animals. The work will include assisting with feeding, cleaning enclosures, enrichment, and general maintenance tasks as instructed.

Placements are for a minimum of one month (up to 11 weeks) with costs starting from R22,480 / $1,500 /£1,175 which includes training, accommodation at Chris Lee Lodge, meals, and airport transfers in South Africa. Not included, and to be covered by volunteers: flights, visa, vaccinations, insurance, personal expenses.

How to apply

To find out more and request an application pack please email execassist@ad-international.org. Note. Volunteers will be expected to follow ADI Wildlife Sanctuary protocols in place to safeguard the welfare of the animals and the sanctuary teams, any breach resulting in termination of the placement.

If you can commit to help at the sanctuary for more than 12 weeks, click here to learn more and apply for our ADIWS Internship Program