General Manager

Animal Defenders International Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS), South Africa, is seeking a General Manager on 6-month contract (with extension options) for the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa, currently home to lions and tigers rescued from abuse in captivity.

The Sanctuary received our first African lion residents in late March 2019; all rescued by ADI from circuses in Peru and Colombia. In 2020, we were joined by lions and tigers rescued from circuses in Guatemala.

Our Sanctuary is a place of loving kindness, where animals who have suffered abuse can enjoy the freedom to choose what they want to do and where they want to be, in extensive natural habitats.

We are building a green sanctuary; installing solar power, planting trees, welcoming local wildlife to rewild (to the delight of our circus survivors). Water is solar-pumped from natural springs.

A haven of peace inside high-security electric and alarmed fences.

Future plans include an education centre to welcome local schools to see (but not touch) our residents, volunteer and intern schemes.



Suitable applicants will have:

  • At least 2 years’ experience with lions and tigers and general animal care
  • Experience of sanctuary management and administration; staff management, team leadership
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable with common office computer programs such as Word, Excel; good internet skills
  • Self-motivated; flexible, positive approach; responds well to demanding environment
  • Licensed to drive
  • Reports to ADI President and Vice President
  • Accommodation provided
  • 5.5 days working week; requirement for duty manager presence 24/7; management team rota for rest weekends
  • 6-month contract + end of contract options; salary negotiable; 10 days holiday; reasonable travel and health insurance covered.

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Key Information


Animal Defenders International Wildlife Sanctuary (ADIWS)




Full Time




Nature & Wildlife


South Africa, South Africa

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.