Wildlife Orphan Rescue

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Wildlife Orphan Rescue

from £780
Duration: from 2 weeks
Countries: Zimbabwe
This hands on project involves raising and caring for wildlife at a rescue sanctuary for a wide variety of African patients

Wildlife Orphan Rescue


This hands on project involves assisting a wildlife rescue sanctuary as they nurture, rehabilitate and release a wide variety of African patients. The sanctuary is the first in Zimbabwe specialising in primate care. They house a number of baboons and vervet monkeys as well as zebra, antelope of all shapes and sizes, warthog, bush babies, birds and a few horses and dogs too!



  • Enjoy hands on work with wildlife orphans
  • Help raise baby monkeys, from bottle feeding to bush walks
  • Work with a range of species from zebra to bush babies
  • Join the team when veterinary or rescue work is carried out
  • Understand the rehabilitation process
  • See animals released into the wild
  • Help monitor released animals (car/horse riding/GPS tracking)
  • Enjoy the stunning national parks of Zimbabwe in your free time.

This project will see you helping to care for all sorts of animals in need. Volunteers are involved in the hands on care, feeding and treatment of ill and recovering patients and those unable to go for release. The vet clinic is just 30 minutes away and when animals are attended to, volunteers are encouraged to assist.


You will be living just outside the friendly and close knit town of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo is close to many of Zimbabwe’s great national parks and tourist activities. In town there are lots of little restaurants, cafes and parks to enjoy on days off, or the nearby Matopos national park to visit if tracking rhinos and searching for cave paintings is more your thing!


You will live on site at the sanctuary, allowing you the amazing opportunity to be able to check on your animals overnight and even have orphans living with you in your house if required. The volunteer house has a communal kitchen for cooking and a cosy living room.



        above: a young duiker greets the child of one of the project workers                                                    above: bush babies on arrival to the sanctuary                                                                            above: preparing lunch for the zebras and other antelope



Behavioural enrichment and building toys
Helping the vet
Cleaning enclosures
Nurturing a sick patients
Building/painting enclosures
Hands on interaction with the young monkeys
Bottle feeding young animals (especially monkeys, antelope and zebra)
Behaviour monitoring of released aniamls
Joining the team as they carry out animal releases
Animal rescues from around Zimbabwe

No matter what you are doing you will experience fun days filled with rewarding work, alongside some of Africa's most iconic species when they need it the most.


This project starts every Monday of the year, with volunteers arriving at Bulawayo airport on Sunday ready to start the project the next day.



  A young baboon having fun in a photography session                                              Working with wildlife is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world           Volunteers take monkeys on regular bush walks               A young owlet needs around the clock care




2 weeks- £780

3 weeks- £ 1,170

4 weeks- £ 1,560

5 weeks - £ 1,930

6 weeks- £2,300

7 weeks - £2,640

8 weeks - £2,980

10 weeks - £3,600

12 weeks - £ 4,160

Pre-departure assistance
All airport collection and returns.
All accommodation
Breakfast and lunch
24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
Tea, coffee and filtered water

Medical and travel insurance
Flights to your chosen destination
Weekend trips and other non-project activities


If you want to visit us in Zimbabwe and learn about animal rehabilitation and care, head to our website and send Worldwide Vets an email. We will contact you to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with the account details so you can transfer a deposit to us to confimr your space on the project.



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