Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, just 45km from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary has grown into a world-famous conservation organization. The animals at Sanctuary come in need of rescue, rehabilitation and sometimes permanent captive care. In an Africa where humans and wildlife sometimes struggle to co-exist peacefully, the Sanctuary provides a haven and second chance for animals in need. Whenever possible the goal is to release animals back into the wild – only those animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. Volunteers are critical to enabling us to continue caring for the animals at the sanctuary.
Volunteers come from all backgrounds and nationalities and with varied experience with animals and wildlife… from absolutely no experience to those with a professional background in veterinary or conservation science. What all volunteers do have in common is a love of wildlife and a passion for aiding in the conservation and care of Africa’s diverse species.
Volunteers are critical in the daily care and feeding of animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get hands on with African wildlife and many aspects of their care. Additionally, although othe focus is on animal welfare, there will also be educational and recreational activities for volunteers to take part in.
The Wildlife Conservation volunteers provide an important resource in caring for and feeding the animals daily, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. As a wildlife volunteer you should be ready to be actively involved in the dayto-day activities which support the foundation.
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 labor 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
The sanctuary is home to many orphaned animals, including baboons, which up to a certain age need extra care overnight. The purpose of this interaction is to simulate the role that their mother would play in the wild.
Arrival on Monday or Thursday
2 weeks 16750 Namibian Dollar / currently 1200 USD
3 weeks 24500 Namibian Dollar / currently 1725 USD
4 weeks 32300 Namibian Dollar / currently 2270 USD
• Project placement
• Airport transfers on arrival and departure: only on Mondays and Thursdays (Hosea Kutako International Airport)
• Accommodation (twin or triple room/tent, full-board, laundry service)
• 3 x Uniform t-shirts per person included in 2019 rates
• An orientation on arrival
• Electronic certificate (printed copy on request)
• Local support including 24-hour emergency number