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Namibia Wildlife Rescue Rehab & Release Conservation Sanctuary Volunteer Project

Look after an amazing range of wildlife at this volunteer project in South Africa! Spend 2 weeks to 3 months at this incredible amazing Sanctuary in Namibia, owned by a very passionate couple who believe that where possible animals they rescue should be released back into the wild.

At a glance:

     Volunteer with injured and orphaned wildlife in Namibia

Accommodation: Volunteer rooms or platform tents

Meals: Three meals a day provided

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday

Stay: 2 weeks to 3 months

What animals will I look after? 

The animals at the sanctuary will vary at any given time but may include: carnivores such as wild dogs, lions, leopard, cheetah and caracal; primates such as baboons and vervet monkeys; birds such as peacocks and vultures; antelope such as oryx (gemsbok), springbok, duiker and kudu; small mammals such as meerkats, rock dassies, polecats, genets and warthogs as well as a host of other species and farm animals.

As a valued volunteer, you'll be involved in every aspect of the sanctuary.

About the Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sanctuary has orphaned or injured animals which are treated, rehabilitated and if possible released. The Wildlife Conservation volunteers provide an important part in caring for and feeding the animals on a daily basis, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary.


What will I be doing at The Wildlife Sanctuary?

As a wildlife volunteer at the Sanctuary, you should be ready to be actively involved in the day-to-day activities which support the foundation. The goal is to release animals whenever possible so that they may be free to live a natural life in the wild. However, sometimes an animal comes to the sanctuary that cannot be released for various reasons such as habituation to humans which would put the animal at risk if released or an extensive injury.

A Typical Week includes:

  • Preparing food and feeding the wildlife and farm animals (this means handling meat and raw food)
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures (this means dealing with poo and dirt)
  • Providing enrichment to the animals in the form of interaction, walks in the bush or implementation of special activities for them
  • Providing intensive care for juvenile wildlife including overnight care for some animals such as baboons
  • Physical labour such as building new facilities
  • Research which may include the monitoring of free-ranging carnivores in the area, analysing camera traps and GPS data
  • Time in the environment such as tracking & monitoring carnivores (and sometimes snakes!) on or near property, horseback riding and game counts in the bush
  • Assisting with the various projects that arise at the sanctuary

Some of the activities you'll be involved in include:

  • Food prep “master chef”
  • Research (full day)
  • Enclosure cleaning
  • Horses (full day)
  • Reserve revamp (south side project work)
  • Cheetah Walk
  • Food Prep deep clean
  • Nature Appreciation
  • Baboon Walk
  • Enrichment
  • F.I.T. (Footprint Identification Technology)
  • Photography hike
  • Bush Warriors – bush encroachment activity
  • Night watch

Activities at the Sanctuary

Activities at the sanctuary are carried out in a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available.

Food Preparation & Enclosure Cleaning

A vital part of the day-to-day running of the sanctuary involves preparing food for and feeding the animals as well as cleaning and maintaining the animals’ enclosures and housing. This can be a very messy but satisfying part of your day, as you’re ensuring the nutritional needs of each animal are met while also checking up on their health and happiness and cleaning their enclosures. You’ll be handling fruits, vegetables, meats and corn-based meal among other things to help prepare the meals needed for all the animals, including baboons and cheetahs.

Carnivore Feed

The time spent feeding our carnivores is a very important and always enjoyable part of your day.

During this activity you will get to see and possibly assist in the feeding of the lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs. This coordinator-led activity is also the best time for you to take pictures of these amazing animals. You will also learn about the animals’ backgrounds, interesting facts and the reason why the animals are at the sanctuary including the difficulties faced in trying to manage the human-wildlife conflict.

*Activities are subject to change due to which animals are in the Sanctuary, the time of year, etc. Please take note that on some weeks when the volunteers numbers are fewer, some of the activities are combined.


  • Shared volunteer lodges or tents


  • All meals provided

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