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Feed baby rhinos at a Rhino Orphanage

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of these beautiful baby rhinos? As a Volunteer at the Rhino Orphanage in South Africa, you’ll be feeding babies whose parents have been sadly killed by poachers.

At a glance

Volunteer work: Feeding baby rhinos at an Orphanage

Accommodation: Shared cabins with other volunteers

Meals: x 3 varied and delicious meals a day included

Starts Every Tuesday 

For one to six weeks


What will I look after?

You'll be feeding rhino babies, providing company if they are too injured to join the other babies, enrichment, and mucking out. You’ll work hard, but these will be enjoyable and rewarding days.

About the Rhino Orphanage

The Rhino Orphanage is based in South Africa, near Kruger. South Africa has a huge problem with so many rhinos being killed by poachers every day that the babies cannot fend for themselves. Usually, baby rhinos stay with their mother for 18 months or more so they are always together.

Sadly, 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. The Orphanage cares for, treats, and feeds these babies till they are old enough to be released.

What will I be doing at the Rhino Orphanage Volunteer Project?

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!
Your schedule will consist of:

  • Hand rearing baby orphaned rhinos
  • Rehabilitating work including feeding, treatment and care
  • Helping with other animals at the project including giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu, and additional primates.

Here's an example week..




  • Shared cabins with 2-4 volunteers
  • Comfortable beds, en-suite bedrooms with electricity
  • Bedding is provided
  • You will need to bring a towel



  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided
  • You can purchase additional snacks at the weekly shop run
  • Please inform us of any dietary requirements


Weekend Activities

While you are volunteering at the Rhino Orphanage you will have the chance to visit some of South Africa's most beautiful spots including:

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


    What's Included?

We make things easy - 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 credit card should you need more)
  • 2 airport transfers from the 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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