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Rhino Orphanage Project

Hard working volunteers wanted to help save these baby rhinos who have been rescued after their parents were killed for their horn. You'll be feeding babies, providing company if they are too injured to join the other babies yet, enrichment, and mucking out. Full but rewarding days. 


South Africa has a huge problem with so many rhinos being killed by poachers every day that the babies cannot fend for themselves. Baby rhinos stay with their mother for 18 months or more so they are always together.


Poachers find and kill the mother/father and often the baby - but sometimes the babies are spared, then rescued (if found in time) and taken to this Rhino Orphanage - which cares for, treats, and feeds these babies till they are old enough to be released. Often they are injured from the poachers using machetes - so sometimes they cannot be saved. 


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Project Overview

Based in South Africa near Kruger where alot of the orphans come from, you will make a huge difference by volunteering at our orphaned rhinos project where you will be responsible for hand rearing and rehabilitating baby orphaned rhinos. The cutest babies ever! 

You will get a chance to help with rehabilitation work including feeding, treatment and care for the rhinos. You will also help with the other animals at the project including giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and additional primates.


What you'll be doing?

As a volunteer you will learn the procedures for caring for sick and orphaned animals and will become responsible for the continued development of the animals. You will learn the exact preparation of the formula for the smaller rhinos, which are being hand-reared. The volunteer team manages the bottle-feeding and keeps careful records of these rhinos feeding behaviour, weight gain and development.

You will also be responsible for helping with the maintenance of the orphanage which includes cleaning, preparing food for any and all animals in care and assisting in any way possible. This does include manure!

Here's an example week...


Accommodation and Food

You will stay in shared cabins with 2 – 4 other volunteers. Each room has comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms and electricity. Please note that you will be provided bedding however will need to bring a towel.

Included in this project are 3 meals daily; breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have any dietary requirements please make us aware prior to your arrival. Please note that if you wish to purchase any additional snacks (at your expense) there will be shop runs each week. But there is ample food without relying on this. 


Optional Trips on Days Off

While you are there you will have the chance to visit some of South Africa's most beautiful spots.

  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Kruger National Park
  • Panoramic Route
  • Blyde River Canyon


What's Included?

We take care of everything.

  • NZ OE Advisor Consultation to ensure this is the best project for your passion and budget
  • 3 meals daily
  • Accommodation
  • Laundry
  • SIM card (1GB Data already loaded - you can top up from creditcard after that should you need more)
  • 2 airport transfers fro local airport (we help organise your flights so you end up at the correct place)
  • Welcome pack
  • 24 hour emergency contact number
  • We help find you the best flights and insurance - for no extra cost
  • We introduce you via our volunteer facebook group to other kiwis heading to South Africa
  • We try and get you on the same flights where we can - and seated together also

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