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Elephant Care and Research in South Africa

Help care for and research our elephants South Africa

Elephant Care and Research in South Africa
From £795
Duration 7 - 84 Days
From £795
Duration 7 - 84 Days
The Elephant Care and Research project studies the biology, behaviour and husbandry of their elephants with the aim of enhancing the welfare of captive and wild elephants throughout South Africa.

Join the local expert team to care for and research their herd of 10 captive African elephants, which includes relocated elephants, orphaned calves and elephants rescued from situations such as culls. The elephants live in a 110 hectare park where tourists visit daily to interact with the elephants on educational elephant tours and walks.

Volunteering offers a unique insight into elephants and the chance to work closely with these magnificent African elephants who are in vital need of conservation.

Volunteers staying 1 week focus on caring for and learning about the elephants, while those staying 3 weeks+ receive additional training and familiarisation on the techniques needed to observe and study the elephants, allowing them to get more involved in their research and welfare.

All volunteers receive elephant information and talks and are involved in a range of tasks, including:

  • Helping look after the elephants – preparing their food, changing their sawdust bedding, and mucking out their living areas
  • Field observations of the elephants – during the day and at night
  • Walking with the elephants
  • Data entry
  • Making elephant enrichments to encourage wild foraging behaviour
  • General maintenance – cleaning of elephant pens, water troughs and other areas, maintenance and painting
  • Making elephant dung paper to sell to raise funds for the project

What's Included

  • Accommodation
Experience Volunteering
Country South Africa

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