As a volunteer you will learn the processes involved in caring for sick and orphaned animals and will become responsible for the continued development of the animals. You will learn how to do the precise preparation of the formula for the smaller rhinos, which are being hand-reared. The volunteer team will lead the bottle-feeding and keep careful records of these rhinos feeding behavior, weight gain and development.
Your daily duties:
Hand rearing of orphaned rhinos. Young rhinos are very heavy and could use their weight to push the caregivers in a bid for more milk. To prevent any injuries, the rhinos are being fed through holes in the wall, allowing a safe distance between you and the rhino.
General running of the center (building and maintaining bomas)
Cleaning cages and bomas
Preparing food for the animals
Treating and caring for injured/orphaned animals
Rehabilitation (i.e. walking animals in the wild etc.)
Monitoring rhino behavior and socialization patterns
Updating animal data records
Ensuring food is stocked and in supply
Work with local school communities visiting the center
Due to the nature of the wildlife sanctuary, the variety of animals is constantly changing. The center is primarily a rhino sanctuary and is currently home to over two dozen rhinos, and several big cats. However, there are a wide variety of species that enter the center for rehabilitation and are subsequently released back into the wild. You will also be responsible for helping with the maintenance of the orphanage which includes cleaning, preparing food for any and all animals in care and assisting in any way possible.
How does a typical day look like?
06:00 AM Wake up and get ready
07:00 AM Feeding animals at the hospital, giving milk to any baby animals, cleaning, updating animal records and ensuring that food supplies are in stock.
12:00 AM Lunch/down time
13:00 / 14.00AM Getting involved with current game farm activities
15:00 / 16:00 AM Feeding time at the hospital
18:00 AM Supper
19:00 AM Relaxation time
As this is a paid-for volunteering programme, the funds raised help tremendously to keep the non-profit organisation running, and the animals safe and healthy.
Duration 2018 Fee
16 days 2350 USD
23 days 3200 USD
4 weeks 4050 USD
Accommodation in shared rooms
3 Meals a day
Transfer from Nelspruit to the project
Dedicated support staff
Flights and travel to Nelspruit
Travel Insurance(if required)
Any extra excursions/trips/souvenirs