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.
KEY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
• 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
• 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 current volunteer rooms are at the top of the sanctuary and were built brand new in 2019. They consist of twin rooms with all bedding provided and easy access to a new bathroom. There is a communal living space and kitchen for cooking in a nearby building. Here there is also a big living room with comfy sofas overlooking the adult baboon enclosure.
All of the buildings on the project are powered by solar energy to be as carbon neutral as possible. This does mean on cloudy days that you may not always be able to fully charge your electrical items and we suggest bringing power packs if you use your phone a lot. You can use the WIFI for 20 US dollars for 2 weeks. Some volunteers choose to register to use their own sim card abroad, others opt to buy a local sim card and purchase data bundles. The signal at the sanctuary is good enough to upload images and make voice calls (and sometimes video calls) to keep in touch with people at home.
Laundry is included in the cost of your volunteer fee and is returned to you clean, pressed and folded by the housekeeping team. Volunteers are provided with food to make their own breakfast and lunch. Dinner is sometimes cooked for you and sometimes cooked by you. Often the team goes out for dinner once a week. We tailor to your diet as much as possible and on arrival you will be asked what food you enjoy. We can deal with most dietary requirements so please discuss this when booking.
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country in the heart of Southern Africa. It is just to the north of South Africa and among locals is considered the ultimate destination for wildlife reserves, because it is mostly untouched by international tourism that has altered a lot of the continent. Despite a history of less than perfect presidents, this country remains proud, well-educated and “Zimbos” (as they call themselves), are without a doubt the friendliest and most generous nation in Southern Africa and love showing visitors their culture, history and beautiful landscapes.
The project is based 15 minutes drive from the old colonial town of Bulawayo. This friendly and close-knit town is clean and safe. Nestled among wide green leafy avenues, rumour has it that when the colonial settlers first arrived from South Africa, they planned the streets of Bulawayo to be wide enough to turn their ox drawn waggons around in! Today the curving street lamps and green parks around town still hold a magic feel that draws travellers back over and over again.
PROJECT COSTS 2020
Want to know what’s included? Great news, it is pretty much everything! Including your:
All airport collection and returns.
Breakfast and lunch
24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
Tea, coffee and filtered water
Not included in the fee:
Medical and travel insurance
Flights to your chosen destination
Weekend trips and other non-project activities
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.