Wild Animal Volunteer Reviews
I spent 2 months (November-December) at the Cango Wildlife Ranch for my internship. It was definitely the best time of my life!
From day 1 you're a part of the WAV family. Made so many new friends that became family, had so much fun with everyone and made so many good memories.
I'll thanks all the staff so much for the great time and good memories.
It was so hard to say goodbye to everyone but I'll come back to see you guys again!
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Mirte
I spent two weeks here this past November and saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! From day one, I was surrounded by amazing staff and very quickly friends who gave nothing but love and kindness. The work was hard and yet rewarding. Interactions and enrichment was one of my many take aways. Cango has changed my views on many topics regarding animals in captivity and I look forward in sharing this information to other people as well. I can’t wait to come back and see you all again 💕
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Christina Evon
Volunteering at the Cango Wildlife Ranch was amazing! One month was way to short for me. So many great people and (off course) beautiful animals. I really liked the program! there where a lott off different things to do. Not one day was the same. You'll learn many things about the animals, who you will also meet from nearby. Some things, like visiting the small school, I will always remember. So nice to see all those children smiling by giving them a nice day. Volunteering at the wildlife ranch was the best experience I ever had. I would love to come back some day. (I already miss Mickey the rat, left rodent room, box 9. Anyone who is visiting him, give him hugs from me)(and also give some hugs to bandit)
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Asmara
I went 3 times to Cango and 2 times as volunteer... hope to come back again because it was my fav experience I did in my life. Enrichments for animals are the best thing I love that so much just see the behaviour of the animal and receive lot of interesting informations thanks to the curators, handlers and people form the tour. So everyday you can learn more and more. Every people take care about you and try to take the time to explain you lot of things. Even after work you can stay and be with the animals.
Thanks so much. I know I will come back.
Kiss Bambam for me♡
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Ali
Cango Wildlife Ranch
I really had the best time of my life!
Everyday was so much fun. You learn tons of information about the animals and get the chance to get very close to them. The staff was amazing and they take really good care of their animals.
The Hosts are very welcoming, friendly and always there for you if you need something.
If you're thinking about going to Cango as a volunteer, I can only say... do it!
I can't wait to come back!
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Louisa
Wild Animal Volunteers | Oudtshoorn
08 August 2018
Best time I have had in my life.
Amazing zoo, amazing staff, and they all have a passion and heart for not only conservation, but teaching each volunteer that comes through, the importance of conservation, good zoos and animal care.
I gained tons of great experience and was especially lucky to work alongside the curators for extra projects occasionally. Neil, Craig and Delano are the best people to have in charge of the animal programs. I also met the best group of volunteers I could have asked for, and all the WAV hosts were so welcoming and friendly. Coming from America, I can really say I experienced the open, laidback and diverse culture of South Africa, one that was truly a refreshing discovery.
Everything I experienced and more caused me to fall in love with all of Africa. Seriously, I could go on. If you’re reading this and are contemplating a volunteer trip to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, DO IT! You will not regret it.
Much love - Ben
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Ben
Thank you for making the last 7 weeks an incredible experience!
Thank you for being there and helping in every situation. Thank you for making work so much fun and making all our wishes come true. Thank you for being flexible and listen to our ideas. Thank you for giving so much love that we never feel lonely!
I hope we will stay in contact and one day we will see each other again!
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Timo
My dear wonderful people: Sumari, Didi, Sheree, Anina!
I just wanted again to say thank you so much for this incredible & amazing experience that I was allowed to have here. It was a really special and unique one, and I learned so much! About animals, work, people and myself!
I know that you meet a lot of volunteers and people in general. And that it’s maybe not that special for you, but I did appreciate everything all of u did for me and the others. Although I was very shy and without any idea, you made me feel more and more comfortable and gave me the feeling that I’m part of something bigger. And that will I never forget!
With much love!
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Christina
To Everyone at Cango Wildlife Ranch and the lovely people of WAV.
We just wanted to say a huge, massive and giant THANK YOU for making our time here as volunteers an unforgettable experience! We have learnt so much from you wonderfully passionate people and will be taking away so much respect and love for you all. Our time here has been much to short but you made us feel so welcome and we have certainly made friends for life, not just with the humans but the animals here too. If you ever find yourselves in the UK please know you always have somewhere to stay.
All our love.
Jodie and Chris
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Jodie and Chris
I first want to start by saying thank you for everything you have done to make it fun to work here. I love you all and going to miss every one of you. Hopefully we will meet again one day. Love you all!
Dankie vir alles Anina, Stephanie, Tannie Helen, Dedre en Sumari. Ek gaan julle baie mis. Love you guys so much.
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Niki
For: Stephanie, Sumari, Helen, Dedre, Anina, Neil, Delano, Craig and the others
Thank you guys for two of the best weeks of my life. It was lovely to know you and work with you all and your will always have a special place in my heart.
Thanks again, love you guys!
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Setareh
Dear Dedre, Sumi, Anina & Stef
I can’t thank you enough for all the things you made possible during my time in Oudtshoorn. Because of you, I always felt comfortable and that’s why I will probably never be really ready to leave the Ranch. I am so happy that I made the decision to stay there six more weeks
I want to thank you for trying to make all our wishes come true and for being patient with us and thank you for all the funny and exciting weekends we had together.
I really fell in love with all the animals, the program and the whole Ranch. I will definitely come back as quick as I can and I hope that you will remember me. Thank you for everything! I love all of you and I will miss you so badly!
See you hopefully soon,
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Selina
My Beloved Hosts
A huge thank you to all of you for have making my time at the Ranch just amazing and unforgettable. I was never expecting that the past 7 weeks would become so funny and just awesome. I really enjoyed every second with you lovely people!
Anina: thank you for being my mom and all the love you gave me. Thank you for always being there for me and the amazing weekend in Plettenberg Bay! I’ll never forget this.
Steff: thank you for being my un-biological sister and all the love you spread around. I will never forget your love, your smile, your laugh and your beautiful voice!
Dedre: thank you for all the funny moment and for always making me laugh. Thank you for all the conversations and all the love you gave me!
Sheree: thank you for always being there for me and for making me smile all the time. Thank you for all the love you gave me and teaching me how to do the big cats sounds!
Sumari: thank you for all the help and for making everything possible. Thank you for always being there for me and the funny moments we had!
Saying goodbye now is one of the hardest things I ever did in my life but something is sure: this goodbye is not forever & memories never die!!
I love you all so much!
You are my second family and we will definitely stay in contact! Thank you for everything.
You are amazing.
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Melina
I hope you had nice holidays. Enjoy your first day
I miss u so much, I will never forget you. I’m so glad that I have a new sister now.
Thank you so much for everything! Going to miss you so much. You’re like my second mom! I promise, I come back! See you
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Monika
Dear Anina, Sumari, Steph, Dedre,
The only bad thing of being a part of the ranch and your team, is that I have to leave now
So I just want to say thank you…
Thank you Anina, for being the best-far-away-from-home-mommy I could imagine.
Thank you Sumari, for being solicitous as nobody else and having an open ear whenever it was needed.
Thank you Steph, for being the nicest and best-hearted person I’ve ever met. Honestly... You are the real #lovely person! And last but for sure not least…
Thank you Dedre, for making me laugh and happy whenever I was with you! I wish I could take you with me
I had a great time here and I got one big wish – Please be still there when I come back
I love you all
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Isabell
Thank you for everything!
It was the best experience of my life and you made us an awesome time
There was no time to miss my family because you always cared for us like sisters.
I get just one word to describe my time at Cango Wildlife Ranch. HAPPYNESS!
Therefore I have to thank you so much. I hope we will see us again soon!
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Nina Marie
Hi Gill, Helen, Anina and all the other hosts, staff – all the other inmates (the animals) of Cango Wildlife Ranch.
So why has it taken so long for me to send this email – lots of excuses but no real reason that I understand. Yes, I came back to ‘hit the ground running’ but even so…
I haven’t stopped talking about my experience – my most frequent comment is ‘you know how you build up expectations and then it doesn’t always live up to it, well this exceeded my expectations. I have been able to recommend the volunteer programme to the son of a friend of a friend! – don’t know if he’s taken it up.
I do get asked – would I do it again and my heart answer is oh yes – but at my age there are still so many things/places to go that it’s probably not likely – a revisit – yes that’s a possibility – in the future.
I think one of the reasons for not replying sooner is where do I start/stop with how I felt and be able to praise everything without leaving anyone/anything out. I could probably write a book (well a chapter) about all the people, the experiences, so it’s difficult to single out certain things. All the staff, the hosts of the volunteer program were brilliant – Anina I can’t praise you enough for the whole manner in which you ‘manage’ the volunteers. I don’t know if we did have an exceptional group of people when I was there – but it did certainly felt that way – a credit to how it is organised. You may or may not know that there is still a WhatsApp group going. We did have so many good laughs – try playing Chinese whispers with all the different languages – hilarious. I don’t really want to single out people but it’s no discredit to anyone else – I suppose it also depends on that tasks that we did, how often and for how much we came into contact with various people – but I just want to mention how much I admire and respect Craig for his knowledge, his expertise and his ability to involve the volunteers within his training program – we gained so much. But that goes for all the staff who shared their knowledge with us and gave us such wonderful experience.
I have recently (a week ago) gained a new granddaughter, a sister – Sophia for Isabelle (20months) but I’m on ‘maternity leave’ for a year while my daughter is on maternity leave – I usually look after Isabelle 2 days a week and I am also ladies golf captain this year (Nov-Nov) so life is busy.
So once again – A BIG THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING –loved it all.
Love to you all
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Tizzy
Dear Stef, Didi, Anina, Sheree and all of the staff members at Cango.
I just wanted to leave you all a wee note, marking you all for your tireless efforts into making this volunteering programme as incredible as it is! From witnessing the passion and fantastic care that each and every member at Cango put into the welfare of the animals each day, is truly inspiring, and has made my experience beyond worthwhile! I am so thankful to have been allowed the opportunity to work alongside such talented people, and shall try my best to educate others and pass on the message of the plight, that many of the animals face!
Not only has this experience been a very educational one in respect to all the amazing animals, but also an incredible adventure! The energy and dedication that goes into the volunteers from the WAV Hosts, has made this an unforgettable experience! From skydiving for the first time, to walking with elephants, has all only been possible because of you guys, to which I really appreciate and am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful family!
Each and every aspect of the last 3 weeks has truly been incredible, and I cannot thank you enough for the warmth, great hospitality and kindness shown by each and every one of you! Please know that you are all more than welcome in Scotland!
Thank you for making this a truly incredible experience,
lots of love.
- Wild Animal Volunteer | Kats