Hands-On Rhino & Elephant Conservation
Live in the heart of a beautiful conservation area, get hands-on with both black and white rhino and help secure the future of the species in Zimbabwe. Work closely with elephants, observing their behaviour and social interactions and make a real difference to our conservation efforts.
In the 1980s, a decade of the worst rhino poaching in African history, the project was awarded guardianship of seven orphaned baby black rhino which were hand-reared until they reached maturity. Since then, it has become a world-renowned Black Rhino Breeding and Release Centre, with 15 black rhino born and released back into National Parks across Southern Africa.This is your opportunity to be part of an amazing story and help continue the breeding programme today.
As well as black and white rhino and elephants, the project is also home to a wide variety of animals including lions, buffalo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, wildebeest and is also a breeding centre for the rare sable antelope. As a volunteer you will get hands on experience in running a game park, learn more about conservation and help ensure that the work can continue.
What exactly will I be doing?
Black Rhino conservation:
Help the black rhino breeding and release programme continue and help educate the local community about the importance of rhino conservation.
- Observe the behaviour and social interaction of black rhino
- Monitor the baby black rhino (born November 2014)
- Feed and walk with the rhino and their experienced handlers
- Learn about rhino conservation issues and communicating them to school children
- Maintain and clean rhino beds
You will conduct studies into the interactions of the elephant herd, especially involving the baby elephant's socialisation.
- Teach co-operative elephant handling
- Observe family interactions and monitoring browsing behaviour, repairing elephant damage
- Maintain and clean elephant beds
Anti-poaching and security:
Help ensure the park is a safe and secure environment for all the animals and people within its boundaries and help create a safe area into which animals from other areas can be released.
- Provide manpower to assist with anti-poaching foot and vehicle patrols
- Carry out snare sweeps
- Assist with fence building and repair
- Communicate anti-poaching and conservation messages to school children
Game Park Management:
You will get insight into the running of a game reserve and provide assistance to the Game Park Manager.
- Carry out deliveries of feed and nutritional supplements focusing on sable, giraffe, tsessebe, lion and hyena
- Assist in game counts and herd composition studies
- Undertake reforesting and the removal of alien species
- General road maintenance and fireguard building
We encourage children to have a sense of pride in their animals and environment and help them understand why they should be protected.
- Teach lessons on different animal species, focusing on the black rhino
- Take small groups of children for additional reading lessons
- Help with gardening and teaching about permaculture (organic gardening)
- Sports and games
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
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