The Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme offers a once in a lifetime chance to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the Game Reserve. Wildlife conservation volunteers take part in game monitoring, assisting at the Born Free big cat sanctuary, looking after orphaned animals at the wildlife rehabilitation centre and much more. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of game reserves and home to the coveted Big five on one of the largest conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, and is located in a malaria-free environment. Research Internship opportunities also available.
Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration. Volunteers will have the opportunity to:
- Become part of the team at Shamwari Game Reserve and work amongst Africa's Big Five.
- Game monitoring and counting to assist in monitoring the ecological balance on the Game Reserve
- Track and monitor predators (Lions and Leopards) and large herbivores (Rhinos and Elephants)
- Set out camera traps and do anti poaching night drives
- Work alongside conservationists and enjoy related lectures and talks
Volunteers must meet the following requirements:
- Age 18 yrs and upwards.
- Interest / field of study: conservation, environmental science, wildlife management, ecology or wildlife biology, wildlife journalism, wildlife photography, veterinary science, animal behaviour studies.
- Personal qualities of flexibility and adaptability.
- Be self-motivated: a carefully structured full programme is provided each week, but volunteers need to be adaptable to some programme changes depending on variables in the running of the project. Free time is also factored in, and volunteers need to be independent and mature enough to make constructive use of such recreational time.