Zimbabwe Wildlife Sanctuary

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Zimbabwe Wildlife Sanctuary

from £746
Duration: from 2 weeks to 8 weeks
Countries: Zimbabwe
Join a team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this rewarding, family-run rescue centre. Live in the heart of the sanctuary, a haven for a variety of large and small mammals and birds.
Summary

Zimbabwe Wildlife Sanctuary

Join a small team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this incredibly rewarding, family-run animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary in rural Zimbabwe. The sanctuary is a safe haven for a wide variety of large and small mammals plus farm animals, birds and lots of dogs and cats! Animals at the sanctuary have been rescued from all over Zimbabwe either by the team or through their network of conservationists. From lions to serval cats, donkeys to owls, their beloved animal family will live the lives they deserve whilst in the sanctuary’s care.

You will live alongside permanent staff and get involved in day-to-day activities, from feeding and vaccinating up to 50 local dogs at the clinic each week, sitting with and monitoring lions or helping with injured or traumatised animals and birds. You will be given your own project or animal to work with during your stay which is an incredible rewarding and fulfilling experience. The sanctuary has a strict hands-off policy when it comes to animals that can eventually be released back into the wild once they have recovered from their injuries or trauma. Volunteers are also not allowed to handle the lions.

What sort of things will I be doing?

You will be responsible for the daily care and feeding of the animals which are at the wildlife sanctuary plus go on snare and fence patrols to check for evidence of small poaching. Your days will be very busy as you get involved in absolutely everything which goes on!

Small animal care:

  • Prepare meals for animals in the mornings and evenings - this might be dry food and fruit for monkeys or you might need to go our and collect browse for the bush babies
  • Feed the reptiles and check on their enclosures
  • Clean out enclosures and cages and refill water bowls
  • Clean wounds and tend to injured animals
  • Sit with older and sick animals, monitor their health and behaviour and reassure them with your presence.
  • Help settle newly rescued animals into their rehabilitation enclosures which are in the garden of the volunteer house
  • Bottle feed small orphans and keep them warm (this is often a nighttime duty as well as you babysit tired monkeys!)
  • Try and keep track of 34 tortoises
  • Help with domestic animal rescue - currently there are 12 dogs and numerous cats in residence at the sanctuary


Lion care (hands-off work):

  • Help with habitat enrichment for rescued lions to keep them healthy and active
  • Exercise younger animals to keep their weight down
  • Monitor their behaviour and interactions
  • Prepare food and help with feeding (often a dirty and noisy task!)

Building and maintenance:

  • Fix and maintain rehabilitation and night enclosures
  • Check the lion enclosures and secure
  • Build new enclosures for rescued animals and birds (unfortunately a never-ending task)
  • Help repair roads and paths

Veterinary outreach:


The sanctuary provides a Wednesday community outreach clinic where dogs in the local area can come with the owners to be vaccinated, spayed and given a general health check. Some dogs come unaccompanied because they know they will get a free meal!

  • Prepare the food for the clinic, which feeds up to 500 dogs every Wednesday
  • Help veterinary staff prepare for injections and help with health-checks
  • Veterinary students can get very involved with rounds and help is always needed with de-worming, dipping and sterilising dogs.

Habitat enrichment:

  • Build activity centres for primates to enable them to run, jump and climb
  • Make toys for the primates to stimulate foraging

Wildlife conservation activities:

  • Patrol the boundary of the farm and check for snares
  • Learn to track and identify animals
  • Enjoy hiking through the park or relaxing with the older animals with a book
  • Get to know local people and experience a new way of life
  • Help with conservation lessons in the local school


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Project Highlights

- Join a family-run team in their daily care of a wide variety of large and small animals
- Work with rescued lions in a responsible way and learn about the threats they face from irresponsible tourism
- Join veterinary staff in rural vet clinics and outreach services
- Help with animals rescued from bad domestic situations including pet monkeys and tortoises
- Work on enrichment projects to keep the animals happy and healthy
- Hand-rear orphaned babies
- Look after the free-roaming animals including serval, duiker and monkeys
- Help release smaller animals around the 70 acre property
- Work on bird rescue and rehabilitation
- Take local schoolchildren around the sanctuary and help with their conservation lessons
- Undertake essential (and seemingly never-ending) maintenance and building around the sanctuary

What's included

- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme your are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs etc
- Transfers to and from Harare International Airport to the project on a Monday
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry (exc. any snacks, alcoholic or fizzy drinks from the bar)
- Three meals per day
- Wireless internet (small weekly charge)
- Full 24 hour support and training from your sanctuary staff during your stay
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work

Do I need experience

We welcome volunteers who have a passion and interest in animal welfare and conservation and the ability to communicate in English. If you have experience in or are studying Veterinary Science and would like to spend more time on that side of the project, this can be arranged and is very welcome! People with building skills are always welcomed with open arms as there is almost constant construction and repair work to be done.

How old do I need to be

Volunteers need to be over 18 years old.

Do I need a visa

Most visitors to Zimbabwe can obtain a 30 day tourist visa at the airport on arrival. Extensions can be done in Harare for up to 6 months. Please check if you need a visa BEFORE you travel!

What will the weather be like

During the Zimbabwe summer (September - April) temperatures at the project will average 27-29°c. A light waterproof jacket and a fleece or jumper is also essential for sudden downpours! Average lows are around 15-20°c.
During winter (May - mid-August) daytime temperatures average 24-26°c with no rainfall at all. Temperatures during the night and in the mornings and evenings can get down to 7-10°c (and it has been known to frost!) so volunteers are advised to bring lots of layers including fleeces and a warm hat for early mornings with a wide-brimmed hat or cap and loose light clothing for daytime.

When can I come

Volunteers can begin this programme on any Monday throughout the year excluding Christmas and New Year. Start dates are flexible.

About Conservation Travel Africa

Conservation Travel Africa was established to help restore Africa’s wilderness areas, working with existing organisations and conservationists to achieve long term goals through conservation, education and wildlife research. These projects need volunteers to support their work and we pride ourselves on providing meaningful and responsible volunteer programmes which are beneficial, necessary and, most of all, fun!

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Taking care of an orphaned monkey

Taking care of an orphaned monkey

Orphaned monkey

Orphaned monkey

Taking care of a dog post-surgery

Taking care of a dog post-surgery

Monkeying around!

Monkeying around!

Feeding an orphaned duiker

Feeding an orphaned duiker

Ben the lion and his crazy hair!

Ben the lion and his crazy hair!

Taking part in the local community vet clinic

Taking part in the local community vet clinic

A mixed bag of friends!

A mixed bag of friends!

Horace the monkey and Tiger-Lily

Horace the monkey and Tiger-Lily

Layla the duiker and the tortoises!

Layla the duiker and the tortoises!

Even monkeys can eat at the table

Even monkeys can eat at the table

Looking after orphaned monkeys

Looking after orphaned monkeys

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