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Namibia Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

Interested in a wide variety of wildlife? Got aspirations to be a vet or a zoologist?

Located at our Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, this 10 day Wildlife rehabilitation course runs two times a year and is a great way to care for animals, rescue them from harm, and learn how to nurse them back into the wild. Spaces on this course are limited so if you'd like to add this to your veterinary, zoology or wildlife experience don't miss out -  reserve your spot today!

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At a glance:

Rescue & Rehabilitation Course in Namibia

Accommodation: Shared volunteer rooms or tents

Meals: x3 varied and delicious meals a day included

Dates: February & September

Minimum stay: 2 weeks - option to extend as a volunteer


What animals will I learn about and care for? 

The home of your volunteer project is the Wildlife Sanctuary, which 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. So many animals to see and care for!

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.
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.


What will I be doing on The 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 on the course 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 day-to-day life in the sanctuary.
  • 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

  • Practical sessions will be followed by theory sessions and will take place in the afternoon. We’ll examine 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.


  • 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 meals are provided by the volunteers with assistants of a staff member:
  • Breakfast includes toast and cereal
  • Lunch includes pasta, wraps, burgers or stir-fry
  • Evening Dinners include meat, fish and vegetables with rice, potatoes or pasta
  • On weekends there is often a braai (BBQ). 
  • Please advise us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

  Course Dates

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Courses run directly before or after the Vet Experience Courses twice a year. 

You may apply for both if you wish with one application. 


  • September 30th - October 11th: FULL


  • February 3rd - 14th: 5 spaces free
  • September 28th - October 9th: 7 spaces free


  • February 1st - 12th: 10 spaces free
  • September 20th - October 1st: 10 spaces free






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