Are you looking for a new and exciting experience that will be out of the ordinary? Do you want a change from your predictable day to day life? Do you want a challenge and a chance to make a real difference to wildlife in Africa? Do you want to learn how to read nature and its wildlife and take part in adventures that will never be forgotten? If the answer is YES Then Noah’s Ark is the project for you – an exciting, hands on animal care and conservation project at a world renowned wildlife sanctuary. Volunteers help the dedicated staff on this beautiful reserve to care for the many animals that have found a safe home there including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dogs to name a few… No experience is necessary – just to be an animal lover, want adventures and be able to expect the unexpected!
Volunteer can join this project on any Friday throughout the year. Inclusive arrival and departure transfers from Windhoek Airport, accommodation and meals are included.
Noahs Ark is the oldest and longest running wildlife rehabilitation centre in Namibia. It was established with the aim of giving animals a second chance at life. Over the years the numbers of lions, cheetah and other species have plummeted and the rehabilitation project hopes to make a real difference by re-establishing these big cats back into the wild and to this end works with other Wildlife Conservation Agencies to release animals into dedicated protected sites in Namibia. Sadly rehabilitation is not possible for all the animals rescued and the reserve also provides a life-long home for the ones that will not survive in the wild.
Volunteers from all over the world come to the Noahs Ark Wildlife Sanctuary to make a difference by working with the wildlife and giving these animals the care and attention they need. By joining this project volunteers will have the opportunity to give a “second chance” to the many animals that have found a safe home at the sanctuary, by care and rehabilitation of those that can return to their natural habitat where they can. A truly unique experience!
Daily activities may include:
- Food preparation
- Feeding and enclosure cleaning
- Animal interaction, rehabilitation and care
- Building of enclosures, waterholes and fences
- Fence patrols possibly on horseback
- Game counting
- Animal studies
- Research on rehabilitated animals
- Bush walks and sleepouts
- Animal walks
- Star gazing
This is the major core responsibility of all volunteers who can expect to spend a significant amount of time working on this task. All volunteers are put into teams on arrival and each team is assigned its own group of animals. Each team will be responsible for the preparing of all food, the feeding and cleaning of enclosures for the animals assigned to the group. This activity brings volunteers close to the animals and it is through this daily interaction that often the strongest bonds are formed.
These walks give the young orphan baboon troupes the chance to exercise, explore, clamber up and down trees, play-wrestle in the bush and “just be baboons”. When they get tired they will often hitch a lift on the shoulders of volunteers until the next novelty catches their attention.
This can take many forms, from cleaning waterholes to constructing new enclosures. Cleaning up old bones and other debris from the outside enclosures can be very hard work but it is vital to the continued wellbeing of the animals for whom the farm is their home.
Volunteers on this patrol check the perimeter fences of the Lifeline nature reserve area to ensure there are no holes, damaged areas or other concerns, again a task crucial to the safety of both the animals that have been released into the reserve as well as to the surrounding farmlands.
Volunteers may have the opportunity to get involved in some of the research initiatives. Anyone who is particularly interested may have the chance to increase their involvement during their stay. They will help to radio-track the cheetahs that have been released into the Lifeline reserve area and to study how these originally hand-reared animals are adapting to independent life. Their locations and behaviour patterns will be noted. The work done at the reserve on adaptability of these hand-raised cheetahs is groundbreaking – and it defies the notion that hand-raised big cats cannot be released into the wild to hunt for themselves. It is hoped that this research will go to further help big cat conservation efforts and see more big cats released into the wild. The team is also invovled in research on wild dogs – also called the African painted dog. These unique animals are increasingly rare in the wild and it is hoped that the research will contribute to the knowledge needed to preserve these beautiful creatures.
At the weekends and during free time volunteers can relax on the beautiful reserve and enjoy the African bush and magnificent animals that are literally everywhere. There is also a nice bar and bbq area to socialise and a pool.
Animals You Might Expect To Find At The Sanctuary
The sanctuary is a haven to a wide range of animals from wild big cats to domestic animals. You can expect to find: meerkats, mongooses, wild dogs, hyena, cheetahs, leopards, lions, baboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs, vultures, caracels, horses, cows, domestic cats and dogs.
No experience is necessary – just a passion for wildlife and conservation and an ability to expect the unexpected! Volunteers will develop new skills and will leave the project feeling that they have really made a difference to animal life and conservation in the beautiful country of Namibia.
Please note: we also offer a dedicated veterinary project and teaching project at the sanctuary
Accommodation and Meals
All volunteers stay on the reserve in the Volunteer Village which is right next to a waterhole where it is magical to watch kudu, wildebeest, eland and springbok – as well as the occasional giraffe or zebra – taking a drink on the way to breakfast as the sun rises over the grassland. Volunteers live in large wooden cabins which each sleep up to four people of the same gender. Depending on occupancy we may be able to accommodation couples on request. There are communal showers and toilet facilities, a bar/eating area where meals are taken, and a swimming pool. All towels and bed linen is supplied and there area shelving units for clothes etc. Each room has a safe for important documents or expensive items. There is wi-fi available for use at a small fee and laundry services are provided. Volunteers are provided with three meals a day and there is an on-site bar.