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:
- Daily care of animals
- Providing enrichment activities for animals e.g. walking with baboons in the bush
- Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
- Food preparation and feeding of animals
- Building new facilities
- Game counts on the farm
- Occasionally shadowing and assisting a wildlife veterinarian as opportunities arise:
- Diagnosis of diseases, injuries etc.
- Wound treatment & stitches
- Translocation of animals
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.
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.
- 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.
2 weeks US$1,250
3 weeks US$1,650
4 weeks US$1,950
For stays more than 4 weeks contact our office.
- 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
- International roundtrip airfare to Namibia
- Travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
- Communication (phone calls, emails)
- Optional tours
- Personal expenses
Why Travel With Eko Tracks
Variety: Our large variety of products, offer great travel opportunities for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for nature.
Expertise: With an intimate scientific knowledge of the African savanna and its wildlife, first-hand personal travel experiences and destination expertise, we offer a wealth of information to our clients.
Network: Having lived in Africa for more than 40 years and drawing on extensive long term business relationships we provide you with specially selected quality products.
Dedication: We are passionate about Africa with its large vistas, a plethora of wildlife unmatched anywhere else, and a diversity of cultures unique to this continent. But above all, we are dedicated to conservation through education.
“I learned so much and the interactive field work and labs were especially beneficial. Amazing! The best choice I’ve ever made with my life. It opened my eyes to everything going on here and was life changing. Samantha, Veterinary Field Study 2018.”
“I learned a lot about conservation that I didn’t before especially about the elephant problem, and the effects of game farming, hunting, poaching in SA. Mary, Veterinary Field Study 2018
“This was an amazing program and I would do it 10,000 times if I could. I learned so much and got to participate and see so much that I never would have in any other program. Amanda, Veterinary Field Study 2018
Wildlife Veterinary Course