Veterinary Wildlife Care

Make a tangible and lasting impact in the lives of rescued, injured and orphaned wildlife. Work at an African wildlife sanctuary with lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals, warthogs, baboons, antelope, and small mammals. In return, volunteers are provided with an experience of a lifetime, take a hands-on role in animal care and conservation, and meeting people from around the world while working in Africa. No previous experience is necessary to participate in this program but volunteers should be at least 18 years.

Main activities include:

  • Shadowing and assisting a wildlife veterinarian as required with:
    • Diagnosis of diseases, injuries etc.
    • Vaccinations
    • Anesthesia
    • Wound treatment & stitches
    • Vasectomy
    • Translocation of animals
    • Note: veterinary work may not occur on a daily basis
  • Food preparation and feeding of animals
  • Daily care of animals
  • Providing enrichment activities for animals e.g. walking with baboons in the bush
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
  • Building new facilities
  • Game counts on the farm
  • Educational and recreational activities for volunteers include swimming, soccer, bush walks, shopping in Windhoek, and learning traditional bush craft from the San.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation is in 3 bed rooms or large 2 bed permanent tents on a platform. Bedding (sheets, duvet and pillow) is provided, and communal hot showers and flush toilets are provided. Three balanced meals per day are provided on a self-serve basis. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. The volunteer camp has a swimming pool to cool down during the summer months. Power outlets (220V) are available in the communal dining area.

Vaccinations

We recommend that volunteers have rabies and tetanus vaccinations.

Dates – Arrival and Departure

This program runs throughout the year and volunteers can sign-up for any 2 weeks and up to 3 months. Volunteers should arrive on any Monday and depart on a Sunday for a complementary transfer to the wildlife sanctuary.  Transfers on other days will be charged an additional fee. The sanctuary lies only 35km from the airport and yet is nestled in the African bush.

 

Note: Volunteers who would like to see more of beautiful Namibia can choose to book a pre- or post-program safari to the Etosha N.P., the Namib Desert or a longer tour through the country. For more detail, visit Tours & Safaris on our website.

Application Form

  • The project runs throughout the year.
  • Any person above the age of 18 years is encouraged to apply.
  • There is no specific booking date. After receiving your application form you will be pre-booked and a deposit secures your place on the program.

Prices:

2 weeks           US$1,250
3 weeks           US$1,650
4 weeks           US$1,950
Deposit            US$600
For stays more than 4 weeks contact our office.


Payments



Price Includes:

  • Work visa fees
  • Transportation to and from the wildlife sanctuary
  • Orientation and introductory training
  • Accommodation at the sanctuary
  • Three meals per day during your volunteering
  • Supervised volunteer project
  • Scheduled activities at the wildlife sanctuary and on the farm

Price Excludes:

  • International roundtrip airfare to Namibia
  • Travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
  • Immunization
  • Drinks
  • Communication (phone calls, emails)
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses