Animal Rescue in Zimbabwe
The Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary is situated 25 km from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The Trust operates on 70 acres of pristine African bush, consisting of a nursery for orphaned animals and birds, a rehabilitation centre for lions and other African animals, and a rural animal welfare programme.
Origin of Our Animals
All our animals and birds are rescued. Some are unwanted or abandoned pets, others come in ill or injured, many are orphaned by poaching. All receive intensive, hands-on care to rehabilitate them. Where possible we return them to the wild. Our rescued animals are treated with the love and respect they deserve and the sanctuary is a very special, happy place.
Species Currently in Our Care
Lion, serval cat, caracal, antelope, ostrich, bush pig, reptiles, primates, birds of prey, exotic birds, African hedgehog, and rescued domestic animals such as horses, donkeys, dogs and cats.
The Volunteer Experience
Volunteers are involved in every aspect of our work. Your daily schedule will include feeding and cleaning the animals, and providing essential environmental enrichment for them. You will help to raise orphaned animals and birds - the very young animals live in the house with you so you could have anything from a serval cat to a monkey sleeping on the bed! Twala is constantly growing as more animals arrive and you will help with creating new habitats and maintenance of existing ones. We encourage volunteers to input new ideas and we enjoy learning from our volunteers as much as we hope you will learn from your experience at Twala.
We take volunteers because we believe our rescued animals benefit greatly from the care that the volunteers provide, and volunteers are an integral part of what we do.
The Twala Rural Vet Clinic
Offers free veterinary care to all animals belonging to low income families in the area surrounding the sanctuary. We treat up to 50 dogs each week. We run a vaccination programme, a puppy feeding scheme, a sterilisation programme and treat sick and injured animsls. Dr Vinay Ramlaul is a managing Trustee at Twala and also runs a large vet practice in Harare which makes for an ideal experience for aspiring or training vet students. You will get invaluable hands-on experience in treating both wild and domestic animals.
We are passionate about educating Zimbabweans about animal welfare and conservation. We conduct educational tours of the sanctuary for school children and members of the public. We work closely with 2 local schools and with the rural community to empower and educate. We also work in partnership with Harare S.P.C.A and Veterinarians for Animal Welfare, Zimbabwe.
To provide a safe haven to all animals in need and to give the animals on our care the very best possible quality of life.
Anyone 18 years of age and over may apply. You must be reasonably physically fit and of course be a true animal lover. You must ne happy to work with all species of animals. You need a rabies vaccination prior to arrival, and must apply for a visa on arrival at Harare International Airport. (Visa cost US $40)
We take a maximum of five volunteers at a time.
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