About the Reptile Centre
Help Endangered Reptiles Project has been established with Kinyonga Reptile Centre in order to help with reptile and amphibian conservation through education & research.
The side-line initiative of the centre is to rescue sick or injured animals, rehabilitate and release into a secure and safer environment for the animal on hand. The centre also attends to local farmers who have problem animals and want them removed. There is no breeding of reptiles for sale at the centre, nor do they buy animals. Field work and research also plays a large role in their daily duties.
This is considered to be a malaria area so Malaria pills are advised. As you are dealing very closely with animals and perhaps involved with handling Tetanus vaccines are highly advised as well.
The Hoedspruit Military Hospital is approx. 15km from the Reptile Centre.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The roster is generally 5 days on, 2 days off however they are quite flexible. A day is considered to be roughly 8 hours on site except when conducting release site prep investigations or problem animal capture.
While being on this program you can expect the following:
- General cleanup and maintenance of enclosures
- More specialized medical work with sick animals
- Daily assessments and health checks of all animals in the hospital / sick wing
- Check through faeces for parasites / abnormalities
- Admin involving documenting animal capture / medical records / temperature / rainfall etc
- Trips to rescue / capture problem animals from surrounding farms
- Collecting & recording information from each animals prior release into nature reserves
- Provide tours or be able to provide general information to the public who enter the centre
- Handling of the animals for lectures or presentations
- Assessment of release sites for rehabilitated / healthy animal release
Accommodation, Food and Facilities
Basic, but fully equipped, accommodation is provided with bedding, duvet, pillow and mosquito nets are provided at the accommodation. Please note rooms may be shared and food is included however cooking is all done personally. Regular trips are made to Hoedspruit town for stocking up of supplies. Internet is freely available.
What to Pack:
- Walking boots / trainers
- Slops or comfortable shoes for free time
- Long sleeve work clothes – preferably khaki colours
- Sunhat / sunviser / sunglasses
- Swimming costumes and towel
- Waterproof jackets for rainy season and cold nights
- Sleeping bag for camping outdoors
- Personal medical aid kit with any prescription pills
- Suncream / insect repellent