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Wildlife Conservation

 

 

Their vision is an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together. Their mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat.

Namibia Wildlife Conservation
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Overview:

Location Closest town: Windhoek, Namibia
Duration From 2 - 12 weeks
Dates All year round
Requirements
  • You must have an upper intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You should have a love for animals
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance, (all travellers to Namibia are required to have a valid passport)
Day of arrival Monday
Day of departure Monday

Highlights

  • Work closely with the conservation of African wildlife.
  • Help to enrich and care for sanctuary animals.
  • Learn about conservation and research efforts.
  • Experience the beauty of African wilderness.
  • Learn about old San traditions and culture.
  • Take part in excursions in Namibia: 3-day to 28-day tours are available at an extra cost. Tours may include visits to the amazing sand dunes in Sossussvlei, the coastal resort of Swakkopmund and the Etosha National Park.
  • Make new friends from all over the world.

Project Information

This project, situated on a 3,200 hectare reserve near Windhoek, provides a safe haven for orphaned and injured African wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary provides a haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Wherever possible the aim is to release animals back into the wild. The project strongly believes that wildlife belongs in the wild and they direct all their efforts towards long-term rehabilitation. But sadly, not all of the animals that come to this sanctuary are able to be released back into the wild. Those that can’t be released remain in the sanctuary to be taken care of.

During your time at the sanctuary, you will feed the animals, take some of them on walks, go on game counts and help with any other projects that may come up. You have the rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with animals and to participate actively in the conservation of African wildlife. The sanctuary currently provides a safe refuge for orphaned and injured wildlife, including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, baboons, banded mongoose, often a warthog and meerkats as well as many farmyard animals such as donkeys, sheep and goats. You play an important role, caring for and feeding the animals on a daily basis, and helping to clean, maintain and develop the sanctuary and the property.

"Conservation Through Innovation": The project strives to create sustainable and long-term solutions. It is their vision to play a proactive role in nature conservation because they believe that they hold this invaluable heritage in their trust for future generations. They rely solely on generous donations and on the time given by volunteers to continue their vital work to help the people and animals of Namibia. 

Your Role

Activities at the sanctuary are carried out using a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available.

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 and you are 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 of the animals, including baboons and cheetahs.

Possible tasks could include:

  • Food preparation
  • Feeding of the animals (small animals on the main farm, carnivores in larger camps on the property)
  • Enclosure cleaning
  • Providing intensive care for juvenile wildlife
  • Cheetah run observation and the education of cheetah physiology
  • Project work including building camps and new facilities, breaking down old structures, maintaining roads, fence work, assisting with the various projects that arise at the sanctuary and much more
  • Monitoring high-profile species on the reserve
  • Spoor tracking of reserve animals. Join skilled trackers to identify game and carnivore numbers and learn the ins and outs of animal populations
  • Rhino Rangers “Lite”: This activity provides a taste of the freestanding “Rhino Rangers” program itself and includes: Tracking, overnighting in the bush, own food preparation and wildlife monitoring
  • Focused research:
  1. monitoring free-roaming carnivores
  2. analyzing camera traps
  3. analyzing GPS data
  • Game counts on horseback
  • Attending conflict calls (if they arise)

A possible working schedule could be:
Monday to Saturday:

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast and morning meeting
  • 08:00 hands-on work and activities
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch and afternoon meeting
  • 14:30 hands-on work and activities
  • 17:00 End
  • 18:00 Dinner

Saturday afternoons are usually reserved for fun team building activities with coordinators and volunteers.
Sunday:

  • 08:00 to 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 (2-3 h) Morning Meeting and feeding of animals
  • 13:00 to 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Free time
  • 18:00 Dinner

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. The daily tasks and challenges depend on the volunteer, the time of the year and the work that needs to be done. The final job description can therefore vary substantially from the above.

Accommodation

Two types of accommodation are offered: 

  • three single beds with ensuite ablutions, electricity, lockable entrance door and lockable bathroom door. There is also a safe included in the room with instructions on how to use the safe.
  • two single beds with separate ablutions, electricity with a lockable entrance door. There is also a safe included in the room with instructions on how to use the safe.

The rooms are basic, but the single beds are comfortable; towels and bedding is provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and the hot water is heated by solar energy and is therefore sometimes restricted. Electricity is freely available. However, please be aware that sometimes the electricity supply can be cut off during storms. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.

Testimonials

Kamila from Mexico

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"Hi! I’m Kamila from Mexico City. In January I had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer at the Wildlife Conservation project as a solo traveller and it was the best decision of my life! Being able to work with wild animals so close has been the best experience! I had the chance to meet incredible people from all over the world. It's amazing how all the workers and volunteers welcome you as a family. Working with this beautiful and docile animals is an experience I will never forget!"

Tamara from France

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"My dream is to return in Namibia. This adventure was amazing. I met extraordinary people who are passionate about nature and animal. The three weeks in the Namibian wildlife project where I discovered of Africa, animals and work. I will never forget taking care of a three years old baboon or when I helped the vet rescue a wild dog. Africa is a wonderful continent with stunning scennery, animals and friendly people, but also a country where wildlife is endangered and I'm proud to have help (a little) for its conservation."

Vivian from Brazil

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"Namibia Wildlife Conservation is a very special project, starting with its location - a beautiful place with a fantastic landscape, far from civilization and filled with many, many animals! For me it was simply delightful being surrounded by them and to learn, every day, something new.

My favorite activities were those involving the baboons, animals with which we ended up having more interaction in the project. Being able to sleep with a cub was something I never imagined doing in life; Walk with monkeys hanging on your shoulders, hugging you and even receive a "kiss" of them was surreal! And of course, the image of zebras, giraffes, ostriches, wild boars, oyrixes, running loose by the reserve will be forever in my memory.

I made friends, I met people from all over the world, all with an immense love for life and nature, and I feel that I have returned richer from this trip. Volunteer exchange is something that everyone should experience someday. We live in a world very helpless and sometimes the little we give makes a big difference for those who need it."

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"I really enjoyed the work with the animals. It's amazing that we can get so close to the animals."

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"I loved that we get involved in every special programme. Picking up an animal somewhere, vaccination, darting, etc. the stuff had a big knowledge about all the animals and took time to explain questions. Of course, the little monkey were a highlight, though it's in fact a sad story behind. Also the saturday activities were great."