Join the herd . . .

In South Africa we are currently experiencing one of the harshest National Lockdowns seen in the world.

Our President has put extensive measures in place to aid the country in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A risk adjusted strategy which allows our economy to slowly reopen (Levels 5 – 1) has been implemented and the Knysna Elephant Park and AERU are continuing to respect and adhere to the governmental guidelines. We are currently in level 4 with no possibility of welcoming new volunteers. International travel and volunteer tourism will only be allowed once borders reopen.

We hope to welcome volunteers back by late 2020 or possibly only early 2021. Nothing is certain at this point. AERU overheads have continued to rise as we keep up with our research efforts.

We need to explore new innovative ways to generate income to support AERU’s principle research objectives. This is where you, as a new or returning volunteer, could play an essential role in supporting our overall goal. Here’s how you can help:

PAY NOW AND BOOK LATER

OPTION 1: RETURNING VOLUNTEER

25% OFF YOUR PLACEMENT FEE

You’ll receive a voucher, which is valid as payment for your volunteer stay, when you are ready to book your specific dates. Please remember we still operate with specific intake dates and you can contact us on volunteer@aeru.co.za or look on our website for further details.

  • Discounted rates only available when booking between May-July 2020
  • Your voucher is valid for any intake date until December 2022
  • Any new volunteer that you refer, will receive a 10% discount on their total placement fee

PAY NOW AND BOOK LATER

OPTION 2: FIRST TIME VOLUNTEER

10% OFF YOUR PLACEMENT FEE

You’ll receive a voucher, which is valid as payment for your volunteer stay, when you are ready to book your specific dates. Please remember we still operate with specific intake dates and you can contact us on volunteer@aeru.co.za or look on our website for further details.

  • Discounted rates only available when booking between May-July 2020
  • Your voucher is valid for any intake date until December 2022

OPTION 3: PURCHASE A VOUCHER

FOR VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS

R2500 Voucher
R5000 Voucher
R7500 Voucher
R10 000 Voucher

If you are unable to pay for your full experience now yet are still dreaming of returning to AERU, we are offering vouchers. These vouchers are all valid for 2 years for any volunteer placement with AERU. You can buy more than one and they can also be used to gift someone else’s volunteer stay.

As a returning volunteer, you’ll receive a 15% discount when you are ready to book and pay part of your placement with an AERU voucher.

Please email Lauré on volunteer@aeru.co.za to order your voucher(s) and she will administer an invoice, as well as a payment link. Payment is online, with credit card, and must take place a maximum of 7 days after invoice has been received.

ABOUT OUR RESEARCH

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

ABOUT OUR TEAM

ABOUT OUR RESEARCH
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
ABOUT OUR TEAM

African Elephant Research Unit, South Africa

Established in 2009 at The Knysna Elephant Park, AERU has since become a non-profit trust, dedicated to the research and study of all aspects of biology, behaviour and husbandry of African elephants, with particular reference to their welfare. The overall goal is to work towards providing objective and scientifically-based information that may be used to change and guide elephant management to better suit the welfare needs of elephants in captive facilities.

AERU researchers, volunteers and students are able to monitor and observe elephants at the Park through the day and night, gaining insight into all aspects of elephant life. Research is conducted in association with both local and international universities, with an active volunteer programme contributing to the effective accumulation of research data and expansion of ongoing monitoring projects.

AERU is a registered PBO Trust: #IT854/2013; PBO #9300 44259

Since starting to study elephants in 2009, our boundaries have already been stretched beyond the confines of domesticated elephants; and AERU has started making important contributions to elephants in wild environments as well