Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,
Get up-close and personal with a host of animals in one of Zimbabwe’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries. The centre was established to offer a home for orphaned, abandoned and sick wild animals, as well as relocating animals that are reported as a nuisance to farmers or communities. From lions and leopards to monkeys, antelope and birds, wherever possible the animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. When safe release into their natural habitat is not possible, then the animals are cared for and used for educational purposes, or in the case of endangered species, introduced to breeding programmes.
With so many animals coming through the centre, there is always a lot of work to do to keep enclosures clean, the animals fed, the injured animals cared for and the education programmes carried out. The centre has resident lions, leopards, monkeys, antelope and many other animals and also receives educational groups from the local area.
In an area where fear of wildlife leads to many animals being killed and lack of environmental understanding means habitat destruction, educating the community is a vital aspect of securing a future for wildlife in Zimbabwe. Volunteers will assist in school outreach programmes, educating the students about how to deal with animals in the wild. When releases occur, volunteers help with the relocation and tracking of the animals and carry out research on behaviour. This program is very hands-on with a friendly, personal team.
No specific skills are required but you will need to have a love of animals. It can be dirty work and volunteers must be prepared to get stuck in. Vets and veterinary students are welcomed as well as those involved in animal sciences.
The project is set in a private game area, volunteers live and eat alongside the family at the camp. Volunteers have comfortable on-site huts and their own lounge area with TV, DVD and games and a swimming pool.
All projects are self-funded, but include accommodation, food, airport transfer and training. Click to apply and a project advisor will be in touch to discuss price and availability.
The Arches, North Campus Incubator
Telephone 1: 0161 8706212
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