The minimum age requirement for volunteering is 18 years old.
Yes, this project is physically demanding, and volunteers should have a good degree of physical fitness to participate.
The duration of the volunteer program can vary from 2 to 12 weeks, depending on your availability and the needs of the sanctuary.
No previous experience is necessary, but a passion for wildlife and conservation is essential. Our experienced staff will provide training and guidance on all activities.
As a volunteer, you will be assisting staff with the daily care of young rhino orphans, including milk preparation, bottle feeding, husbandry, boma care and maintenance, dry feed preparation, behavioural observations, and health checks. You may also assist with monitoring the released rhinos, recording behavioural observations, and supporting the care of other wildlife species under rehabilitation. Additionally, volunteers will participate in veldt management and other activities aimed at conserving the ecosystem.
Direct hands-on contact with the orphans will be limited to essential needs only. Our priority is the well-being of the rhinos and their future release into the wild. Working with megaherbivores is no joke, so for your own safety, volunteers are expected to adhere to strict rules and policies.
We provide three meals a day for volunteers, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our experienced kitchen staff prepare a variety of nutritious meals, including vegetarian options. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies when you apply so we can accommodate your needs.
The sanctuary is located in a remote area, far from the town. Whilst accommodation and 3 meals are provided for volunteers, there are limited other facilities on-site. Volunteers will be able to use the laundry but should bring their own snacks and drinks if desired. There is no on-site store or canteen, so it is recommended that volunteers stock up on supplies before arriving at the sanctuary. Volunteers will have the opportunity to go to town once a week.
The cost of the volunteer program varies depending on the duration of your stay.
Unique volunteering opportunities often charge volunteers for their placement to cover the costs associated with hosting and supporting volunteers, such as accommodation, meals, transportation, training, and administrative expenses. These fees help to ensure that the program can continue to operate sustainably and provide meaningful experiences for volunteers. In addition, some programs may use volunteer fees to support conservation efforts or community development projects. It's important for volunteers to research the organization and understand how their fees will be used before committing to a program.
You are welcome to take photos and videos to document your experience. However, for the safety and security of our rhinos and staff, we ask that you do not post any photos or videos on social media or other public platforms. In addition, we request that you do not take any photos of our guards' faces or any geographical location reference points. Please ensure that the location settings are turned off on all your devices while on the sanctuary grounds. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in helping us protect our rhinos and staff from potential harm.
To apply, please complete our online volunteer application form. Our team will then be in touch to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have.
Donations of bandages and dressings are highly appreciated and beneficial for both the rhinos and our staff. Our APU (Anti-Poaching Unit) and caregivers are in need of gloves, hats, socks, and headlamps. Additionally, if you have old clothes, books, or toys, they can be donated to support our local community.