Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Description of Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Spend two memorable weeks volunteering at a working wildlife sanctuary on the Namibian savannah, a vital refuge for orphaned and injured animals and ‘halfway station’ for those being carefully reintroduced to the wild. Your role? To care for and create a positive environment for these creatures, often threatened by human activity, and help with their rehabilitation.
After settling in to your accommodation and getting to know your fellow volunteers, you’ll get started on a range of tasks, but mostly around feeding, maintenance, basic construction and creating stimulating enrichment activities for the animals.
It’s important to note that on this Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday you will usually not have any physical contact with animals that are going through the rehabilitation process prior to release into the wild. The exception is orphaned Chacma baboons, some of which are only a day or so old when they arrive at the sanctuary. As they need to be hand-reared, they will likely spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary. One of the most enjoyable parts of your volunteer work is likely to be taking the baboons out for long walks in the bush so they can play and socialise in a more natural habitat.
Other unforgettable activities during your stay may include patrolling the reserve on horseback, looking out for giraffes and zebras and other wildlife, and simply spending time with other volunteers. You’re all pulling together in a sociable and supportive atmosphere, and your evenings are free to socialise.
One of the most important things you’ll learn during your stay at this sanctuary is the need to balance the concerns of local communities with the conservation of wildlife. Many of these animals, from baboons to cheetahs, have been injured or orphaned due to conflict with humans. Relocating the animals to places they will be safer helps, but the role of the volunteer is also to demonstrate that these animals have value and that there are alternatives to simply killing them as pests.
This Namibia conservation project is ideal for enthusiastic volunteers looking to make a real, practical difference where it’s needed, and gain valuable experience too.
10 Reviews of Namibia wildlife sanctuary volunteering holiday
Reviewed on 15 Nov 2023 by ROBERT WILLIAMSHad an absolute great experience Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2023 by richard bowyerBook it!! Great experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Mar 2022 by Peter HowardEight out of ten (8/10). Well worth the still hassle with covid Regulations Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021 by Lily ScheyhingAmazing people and hands on wildlife experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Mar 2020 by Donna GorinVery glad I took part in this project, and would highly recommend to animal-lovers of all ages. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Nov 2019 by Claire SpringettThe most memorable part of the holiday was getting to see the large animals in their natural environment. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by Chris DowningThe highlight was walking with cheetahs. Unforgettable. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Sep 2015 by Naomi SoffaI had an amazing time!!! I felt like I was really making a contribution to the functioning of the wildlife sanctuary with food prep, cleaning enclosures, feeding and caring for animals and being responsible for the environment and impact on the ecosystem with recycling and conservation efforts . Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Dec 2015 by Frances ToomeyStaff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, the volunteers all worked well together and a range of activities were provided... All in all, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I will be going back! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2014 by Catherine ArmstrongThe most memorable part of the holiday was being able to be near, feed and touch some majestic animals - lions, cheetahs, baboons. Read full review
PlanetThe main aim of this project is to rescue and rehabilitate cheetahs, lions, baboons and a variety of other indigenous animals. Many animals at the sanctuary are relocated, due to being threatened by farmers who view them as threats to their livestock. The baboons in particular often come to the centre as orphaned babies. The animals that can be released are encouraged to emulate natural, wild behaviour and then sent to a sister project to begin the stages of re-release.
Volunteers are key to the success of the wildlife sanctuary, as participation in the programme ensures the on-going rescue, survival and rehabilitation of the animals which have found a safe refuge there.
This project directs all its efforts towards long term rehabilitation, but sadly not all of the animals who find a home at the sanctuary are able to be released back into the wild. Only those that cannot be, usually for reasons involving human intervention, remain at the sanctuary. Many of these animals have been orphaned, hand raised from a very young age and as a consequence become too used to captivity and so cannot be released safely.
The work being carried out by this project is essential in the continued crusade to protect some of Namibia’s most treasured species. Any volunteer taking part in this project will leave safe in the knowledge that their efforts have greatly contributed to this endeavour.
PeopleThis project focuses particularly on addressing human-animal conflicts that have arisen between the area's wildlife and local communities. If the locals do not want the animals nearby, the sanctuary works to relocate them to a safer and more remote environment, to ease the tension that such close proximity often causes.
The interaction of volunteers with local communities also greatly helps to build a positive relationship between the project and local people. The work that is carried out by the sanctuary is not only beneficial for the area's wildlife, but for the communities that are struggling to live alongside the animals themselves.
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