Get up-close and personal with a host of animals in one of Zimbabwe’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries. Established in 1973, the centre was established to offer a home and help for orphaned, abandoned and sick wild animals, as well as relocating animals that are reported to be causing a nuisance and in danger of getting shot by farmers or communities. From lions and leopards to monkeys, antelope and birds, wherever possible the animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. When safe release into their natural habitat is not possible, then the animals are cared for and used for educational purposes, zoological study or in the case of endangered species, introduced to breeding programmes.
With a constant flow of animals through the centre, there is always a lot of work to be done to keep the enclosures clean, the animals fed, the injured animals cared for and the education programmes carried out. The centre has resident lions, leopards, monkeys, antelope and many other animals and is also set out to receive educational groups from the local area. In an area where fear of wildlife leads to many animals being killed and lack of environmental understanding means habitat destruction, the education of the community is a vital aspect of securing a future for wildlife in Zimbabwe.
The project is located 20 minutes outside the city of Bulawayo - the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Set in a private game area in a rural suburb , volunteers live and eat alongside the family at the camp. Volunteers have comfortable on-site huts and their own lounge area with TV, DVD and games and a swimming pool to cool down in on hot summer days. It is a relaxed atmosphere after a hard day’s work and volunteers feel very much part of the family during their stay. Weekly trips into the city or out visiting local sights, such as the Matapos National Park nearby.
• Duration: 2-26 weeks (ideally 4 week minimum recommended)
• Cost: £899 ($1573) for 2 weeks, £285 ($499) per additional week
• Requirements: age 18+
• Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
• Project activities: feeding animals, hand-rearing young, cleaning enclosures, teaching conservation classes, game release and monitoring
• Working hours: 7.00-17.00, Tuesday - Sunday (night shifts may be required for some sick animals)
• Project Availability: Projects start every Monday of each month and run year-round.
• Accommodation: Shared room in a Volunteer Hut on-site
• Food: 3 meals a day
• Airport pick up and drop off
• Training: Pre-departure information pack and onsite orientation provided
• Support: 24 hour support
• Excursion Planning: Staff help organise additional activities. (Activity price may be extra) Trips include; Matapos National Park and Bulawayo Natural History Museum
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