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The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Tending to Cheetahs in the Kalahari Desert
Outfitters Price Accommodations
800-776-0188, www.earth
$3,995 rustic lodging

The Route: During this four-week volunteer program, you'll work with wildlife biologists examining and tending to convalescing cheetahs and take part in a project that provides sheepdogs to ranchers in hopes of minimizing future livestock kills.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Sign up early: There are only four volunteer slots on each project and the trips fill up fast.

High/low points:

  • Stroking the paw of an anesthetized cheetah cub as you help a vet take a blood sample for genetic research.
  • Choking down a handfull of the local delicacy — roasted termites.

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