Rhino Rangers Anti-Poaching Programme, Namibia
Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects
Type: Community Development, Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Humanitarian & Community Development, Manual work & Construction
This unique opportunity allows volunteers to experience and learn from our inspiring Anti-Poaching Unit (APU), who dedicate their lives to protecting our wildlife. In today’s world, these efforts are of increasing importance for us to ensure the survival of the majestic animals who are at home here in Namibia but at risk every day.
Based on a Wildlife Reserve which is a 7600 hectare property, right next to the Wildlife Sanctuary, our Rhino Rangers will follow a fixed 7 night schedule where they will spend the time out in the bush together with our APU joining them on their patrols, learning about bush survival, the science of poaching and about tracking and the use of firearms.
All transfers to and from the project are included and volunteers will need to arrive on the Sunday prior to the Monday start and plan their departure for the last Sunday of the schedule.
Namibia is located in South West Africa, bordering on South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Zambia. Home to many contrasting environments the country is known for both desert and long stretches of coastline. Conservation is a national priority and Namibia has some of the largest and most well known national parks in the region.
Located only thirty minutes from Hosea Kutako International Airport amongst camel thorn trees, riverbeds, and a stone canyon, the Wildlife Sanctuary is perfectly situated to start or finish your trip to Namibia. This is where the head office is and the main volunteer activities take place. If you choose to combine with the other sites, Neuras is 2 hours away and Kanaan a further 2 hours drive.
Volunteers will get basic accommodation in our tented camp or sleep-outs in the bush at observation positions. The volunteers will need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow and camping towel. They will be provided food rations which they will cook together with the APU. 2 special APU uniforms will be provided per person as well.
You can take part in this programme, alongside volunteering at our Wildlife Sanctuary for injured/orphaned wildlife, or at one of our research sites in the Namib desert. To find out costs and dates and how to sign up, please go into the Wildlife Sanctuary Project page here