Wildlife Orphan Rescue

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. You don't need any past experience to volunteer, and anyone is welcome to join our work as we drive for animal rescue, rehabilitation and release. 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.


This sanctuary is not open to the public and their aim is to save and release as many  animals as funds allow. As a registered trust, volunteers play a big role in generating funds for the work of the sanctuary and every new volunteer allows numerous animals to be saved. Many animals brought to the sanctuary are not suitable candidates even for a ‘soft release’ due to mental and physical issues relate to their past, but all those who can be are  released into the trust’s associated release sites when they are ready.


Dealing with traumatised animals can be emotionally hard, yet every day at the sanctuary is full of fun and joy brought about by working with these beautiful animals. Bringing innocent animals back from the brink of trauma, to become healthy and balanced individuals is something that stays with our volunteers for a lifetime, and they form close bonds to the animals in their care.



Animal Feeding

• Participate in the regular bottle feeding of orphaned animals
• Nutritional planning for variety of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores
• Daily food prep and feeding of all animals

Behaviour Enrichment

• Bush walks with the orphans, stimulating them to explore their natural habitat
• Build toys, platforms and playgrounds
• Become part of the troop as you play with the young monkeys


Rescue and Release

• Help nurture and raise orphaned wildlife
• Undertake snare sweeps and boundary patrols of release site
• Horse riding in release site
• Care for the permanent residents who can not be released
• Monitor released animals as in their life of freedom

You may also be present to help with exciting rescue missions. From scooping suffocating fish out from a drying up lake, to driving across the country to pick up a traumatised little monkey, the days are variable and exciting.


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 been designed to replicate an African Lodge, so has a thatched roof and canvas walls that can be zipped open to allow a view out over the sanctuary from the bedrooms and from the living space.


There is a communal kitchen for cooking and a big living room with comfy sofas. The house is designed to be a low environmental impact house, so is built from local materials and the power comes form solar panels.This is just one of the ways to ensure the project is helping local wildlife and communities.


You will be living just outside the friendly and close knit town of Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe.


Bulawayo is a clean and safe town, with a welcoming vibe. It is safe to walk around and explore the offerings on your free time. There is a great history museum, beautiful old colonial architecture, lots of little restaurants, cafes and parks too. Volunteers often go out together on the weekend for a drink at the local bar, which is a great way to relax after a busy week. 


The famous 'Matopos National Park' is just a 30 minute drive away and here you can go tracking rhinos and searching for ancient bushman cave paintings, amid naturally occurring, towering granite rock piles.


Want to know what’s included? Great news, it is pretty much everything! Including your:

  • 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

  • visa

  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities

  • Dinner

2 weeks £ 1356

3 weeks £ 1824

4 weeks £ 2292

5 weeks £ 2736

6 weeks £ 3181

7 weeks £ 3588

8 weeks £ 3996

10 weeks £ 4740

12 weeks £ 5412


This project starts every Monday of the year, with volunteers arriving at Bulawayo airport. Most people come via Johannesburg and arrive on Monday morning. 



If the idea of helping rescue and rehabilitate African wildlife gets you exited for your next adventure,  just email us, follow the 'book now' button or the 'contact us' page and we will be in touch to discuss your project further. don't forget to check out the project brochure at the top of the page to find out more.

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