Horse Riding & Rhino Conservation
Horse riding safaris, equine husbandry, cattle ranching and hands-on black rhino conservation - what more could you ask for from a volunteer programme? Imire is the perfect location for volunteering on horseback and you will experience amazing animals sitings combined with essential volunteer work, all done on the back of your very own bush horse.
This programme is ideal for anyone who would like to combine a hands on wildlife conservation volunteer programme with a horseback riding safari. If you have a passion for wildlife, especially rhino and elephant and love to horse ride, this volunteer programme is definitely for you!
In the 1980s, a decade of the worst rhino poaching in African history, Imire 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 on Imire 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, Imire 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 Imire's work can continue.
What sort of things will I be doing?
No two days on Imire are ever the same and there is usually something unexpected around the corner, but as an equine volunteer, you may get involved in some or all of these activities:
Equine husbandry and general animal care:
- Feeding, grooming and general health checks
- Maintenance and cleaning of equine tack
- Paddock building and construction of horse boma areas as required
To ensure Imire is a safe and secure environment for all animals and people within its boundaries and to create a safe area into which rehabilitated animals can be released.
- Provide manpower to assist with horseback anti-poaching patrols and snare sweeps in areas not accessible by vehicle
- Undertake night riding patrols and camp-outs
- Fence line patrols, building and fence maintenance
To monitor the welfare of the cattle herd, assist in their wellbeing and manage their usage of the game park’s resources - all on horseback.
- Move cattle to different sections of the game park
- Undertake general health inspections to check for injury, pests and pregnancies
- Patrol the game park to find lost cattle, check for new calves and monitor the 800 head herd of dairy and beef cattle
- Assist with cattle counts and dipping to remove ticks and pests
Game park management:
You will give day to day assistance to the Game Park Manager to ensure the effective running of the reserve.
- Check on the welfare and location of newborn foals and their mothers, exploring areas inaccessible by vehicle
- Assist in game counts and herd composition studies, all on horseback
Rhino and elephant interaction:
To monitor the behaviour and activities of five black rhino; observe the family interactions of our elephant herd especially studies of the baby elephant’s socialisation.
- Observe interactions, monitor and assess the browsing behaviour of black rhino and elephants
- Maintain and clean rhino and elephant beds
- Record the behaviour of the baby rhino (born November 2014)
- Teach co-operative elephant handling
- Elephant back safaris and in summertime, swimming with the elephants
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
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