Namibia Wildlife Rescue Rehab & Release Conservation Sanctuary Volunteer Project
Spend 2 weeks to 3 months at this amazing sanctuary in Namibia owned by a very passionate couple who believe that where possible animals they rescue should be released back into the wild.
As a valued volunteer, you'll be involved in every aspect of the sanctuary.
The sanctuary has orphaned or injured animals which are treated, rehabilitated and if possible released. The Wildlife Conservation volunteers provide an important part in caring for and feeding the animals on a daily basis, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary.
As a wildlife volunteer you should be ready to be actively involved in the day-to-day activities which support the foundation. The goal is to release animals when ever possible so that they may be free to live a natural life in the wild. However, sometimes an animal comes to the sanctuary that cannot be released for various reasons such as habituation to humans which would put the animal at risk if released or an extensive injury. The aim is to provide a lifelong sanctuary for these animals.
Because they release and /or relocate when ever possible, the animals at the sanctuary will vary at any given time but may include carnivores such as wild dogs, lions, leopard, cheetah and caracal; primates such as baboons and vervet monkeys; birds such as peacocks and vultures; antelope such as oryx (gemsbok), springbok, duiker and kudu; small mammals such as meerkats, rock dassies, polecats, genets and warthogs as well as a host of other species and farm animals.
Activities at the Sanctuary
Activities at the sanctuary are carried out in a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available.
Possible tasks as a Wildlife Conservation Volunteer on the Sanctuary include:
- Preparing food and feeding the wildlife and farm animals
- Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
- Providing enrichment to the animals in the form of interaction, walks in the bush or implementation of special activities for them
- Providing intensive care for juvenile wildlife including overnight care for some animals such as baboons
Physical labour such as building new facilities
- Research which may include the monitoring of free-ranging carnivores in the area, analysing camera traps and GPS data
- Time in the environment such as tracking & monitoring carnivores (and sometimes snakes!) on or near property, horseback riding and game counts in the bush
- Assisting with the various projects that arise at the sanctuary
Food Preparation & Enclosure Cleaning
A vital part of the day-to-day running of the sanctuary involves preparing food for and feeding the animals as well as cleaning and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and housing. This can be a very messy but satisfying part of your day, as you’re ensuring the nutritional needs of each animal are met while also checking up on their health and happiness while cleaning their enclosures. You’ll be handling fruits, vegetables, meats and corn-based meal among other things to help prepare the meals needed for all the animals, including baboons and cheetahs.
The time spent feeding our carnivores is a very important and always enjoyable part of your day.
During this activity you will get to see and possibly assist in the feeding of the lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs. This coordinator-led activity is also the best time for you to take pictures of these amazing animals. You will also learn about the animals’ backgrounds, interesting facts and the reason why the animals are at the sanctuary including the difficulties faced in trying to manage the human-wildlife conflict.
or fill out the form below to arrange a free consultation with our OE Advisor to find out more and talk about this project, your passions and budget.