Wild Cat Cadets – Junior Conservationist Program

Does your child dream of being a wildlife researcher in Africa? Studying the wild cats of Botswana?

This program provides the unique opportunity to learn and practice the conservation and research techniques used in Africa to study and conserve wild cats. Your children can learn these skills and more at our Wild Cat Conservation Centre in Wilberforce, on the outskirts of Sydney.


The Junior Conservationist Program is available to children aged 9 to 13yrs who have an interest in wildlife conservation and its pursuit.


Through this program, your children will:


  • Experience a unique encounter with a researcher with over 10 years’ involvement in the field of wild cat research in Africa.
  • Learn telemetry and practice tracking of wild cats in Sydney’s most unique wild cat habitat.
  • Create a personalised cast of a real wild cat pug mark/foot print.
  • Make behavioural observations of wild cats as they exhibit their natural hunting and play behaviours.
  • Gain hands on experience with field measurements on an African wildlife species.
  • Have exclusive access the Wild Cat Conservation Centre and the remarkable animals that call it home.
  • Enjoy a unique and life-changing experience unlike any other available outside of Africa!



What ages does the Junior Conservationist Program cater for?
The Junior Conservationist Program is aimed at children between 9-13 years of age, who have a genuine interest in wildlife and the pursuit of research and conservation. With a maximum of 6 children per program.


Is food provided?
Food is not provided and there is not an option to purchase food onsite. Please ensure that your child has packed food with them.


Can adults accompany children on the Junior Conservationist Program?
This program is exclusively for children. Due to the unique nature of the Wild Cat Conservation Centre, it is not suitable for general public access, so parents must depart the property once they have dropped their children off, then return at the completion of the program. There are some great options for cafes, wineries, orchards and other experiences in the greater Hawkesbury area.


Can my child take photos during the Junior Conservationist Program?
We prefer our guests (and Junior Conservationists!) to immerse themselves fully in the unique experience we are offering, therefore we ask that no cameras be brought onsite. However, a number of high quality photos will be taken by our photographer during the program, which will be made available to you as part of the package.


What is the cost of the Junior Conservationist Program?
The Junior Conservationist Program costs $175 per child.


What will my child receive as part of this cost?
Each Junior Conservationist will receive:

  • WCCC Research Field Guide
  • Unique plaster pugmark
  • Junior Conservationist Certificate
  • Link to high quality photos from the experience.


Next program dates

January 15th 2020 – 10am to 3pm

January 22nd 2020 – 10am to 3pm


Please note this is not a zookeeper for the day program, our focus is on conservation and research techniques, not feeding or playing with animals.


For more information or to reserve your child a place in our next program, please email us at info@wildcatcentre.org.au