The Park welcomes volunteers from all over the world. Although many of our volunteers are involved in conservation management or animal research, there are no prior qualifications to volunteer other than a love of animals and a desire to help.
Working with elephants is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. As a volunteer you will contribute to ‘everything elephant’:
In conjunction with these activities, the primary role of volunteers at the Park is to assist the AERU team to collect research data from the elephants at KEP and other facilities. These include the following:
In this way, our volunteers are directly involved in elephant research and aid in providing information that relates directly to the welfare and management of captive elephants not only at KEP, but throughout South Africa. The data collected by volunteers not only contribute to management of the Park, but also to ongoing and future research projects being conducted by both local and international universities.
The participation of dedicated and hard-working volunteers is integral to AERU’s success and their contribution is both valued and appreciated. We ask all our volunteers to be enthusiastic, dedicated, willing, able and keen to get involved with anything and have a genuine love of wildlife. Many of these projects involve long hours of data collecting in the field and the project is not for the faint-hearted. However, the rewards are many – especially when the elephants begin to recognise you and trust you – you become part of the herd!
We look forward to welcoming you to the team! For more information, please contact us on email@example.com.