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Namibia Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

Located at our Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary this 10 day Wildlife rehabilitation course runs two times a year and spaces are limited so if you'd like to add this to your veterinary, zoology or wildlife experience don't miss out -  reserve your spot. 

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About the Wildlife Sanctuary

The Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation which believes in helping areas of Namibian culture, from its abundant wildlife to its ancient San people. The Wildlife Sanctuary is responsible for multiple carnivore conservation research sites across the country as well as the only registered charity lodge in Namibia.

The Wildlife Sanctuary’s looks after orphaned and injured wildlife including 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.

This Wildlife Rehabilitation Course is specifically designed for students in the veterinary, zoology and wildlife fields - or for anyone with a keen interest in expanding their knowledge of various species of African wildlife.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

This course is offered twice a year in February and October over a fourteen day period (day 1 and day 14 will be reserved for arrivals and departures), with a possible off weekend in between. 

During the ten course days, you will have the privilege of working with three of the Wildlife Sanctuary’s core wildlife staff, including founder and director, a world-renowned conservationist whose background will provide participants with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Theory Sessions

  • A typical day will include theoretical sessions in the morning and will entail discussions about the various species of wildlife in Namibia, diseases and parasites affecting them, enrichment, conflict management, and feeding ecology. 
  • You will learn the ins and outs of species specific behaviour, gaining an in-depth understanding of everything from wild dog pack mentality to captive cheetah behaviour. The theory portion of the course is integral to understanding the basis of these animal’s activity and behaviour. 
  • These sessions will also include discussions about human-wildlife conflict and the role conservation organisations play in Namibia. 
  • You will learn about the role of the wildlife sanctuary in particular as well as the circumstances of the animals that come into our care from the day of arrival until the day of release. You will have the rare opportunity to gain a better understanding of “how it is in reality” versus “how we wish it could be.” 
  • During these sessions, our veteran wildlife coordinators along with the founder will share their own experiences and relay their detailed knowledge of animals in captivity and in the wild.


Practical Sessions

  • Theory sessions will be followed by practical sessions in the afternoon where health, condition, behaviour, social structure, feeding habits and gender differences will be examined using our on-site animals as a visual aid. 
  • The practical sessions will provide the chance to observe the behaviour of the species studied in the morning sessions  first-hand. Here you will have the opportunity to visit our big cats and wild dogs, to walk with baboons in the veldt and to observe our other various conservation ambassadors in order to gain a better understanding of their behaviour. 
  • Watching the way lions interact over food or the way baboons build a complex social hierarchy will better enable you to draw conclusions about the various species and learn what contributing factors stand in the way of successful rehabilitation.


Accommodation and Food

We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; volunteer rooms with up to two people (same gender) sharing each room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic but our single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). 

  • Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. 
  • Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.
  • Three balanced meals a day with an additional mid-morning tea break will be provided at our beautiful lapa. 
  • Any dietary restrictions should be communicated upon booking so that we can accommodate as best as possible.

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Course Dates 

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Courses run directly after the Vet Experience Courses each February & October. You may apply for both if you wish with one application. 




October 22nd - November 4th - 3 Spaces Open


2019 Applications Open


February 2nd - February 15th - 6 Spaces Open   

September 30th - October 11th - 8 Spaces Open



Submit your application for 2018 or 2019 clinics here. 




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