Wildlife Sanctuary Projects in Africa

with Conservation Travel Africa

newspaper Land Conservation
location Africa
start date Start dates throughout the year including Christmas and New Year
salary Volunteer project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
training providedTraining provided

Conservation Travel Africa works with existing conservation and development projects that are committed to long-term environmental and community principles. We collaborate with conservation experts and community leaders to identify the areas of need where volunteer contributions will have the greatest impact.

Our programmes are designed to meet real conservation and community needs through voluntary efforts, NOT to meet tourist needs through contrived conservation and cultural experiences. We believe that supporting these projects is more beneficial and meaningful than setting up a new project simply to meet the desire of an overseas visitor.

Our programmes endeavour to use responsible tourism practices to build sustainable economies in Africa which place increased value on wildlife and environmental conservation from the ground up.

Wildlife Sanctuary Projects in Africa

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

Your daily activities will depend on what animals are in the sanctuary and their specific needs.

At most sanctuary programmes, volunteers are responsible for preparing the morning feed for the animals and cleaning out enclosures while the animals enjoy their breakfast! If the sanctuary has orphaned or baby animals, particularly monkeys and baboons, you may be required to bottle feed them until they are old enough to become independent.

Volunteers will also get involved in habitat enrichment, particularly for those animals who cannot be released back into the wild. Your role will be to make sure they can carry out as many of their natural habits as possible. Habitat enrichment also helps prepare animals for their release back to the wild and assists with rehabilitation. Baboons who have been orphaned or abandoned are especially in need of foraging and exploring expeditions!

Volunteers are also needed to baby-sit young animals and babies, observe sick and injured wildlife and provide company for older animals who cannot be released.

Most sanctuary programmes will have almost constant maintenance which needs to be carried out and unfortunately always need more enclosures to enable them to rescue and rehabilitate a never-ending number of animals.

Night time at the sanctuary is also a busy time as many babies will require round the clock bottle feeding - volunteers may find themselves in a surrogate mother role and have a baby monkey or baboon sleeping with them at night!

Sanctuary programmes often provide great experience for vet students and practitioners who want to practice techniques or learn new skills. Most sanctuaries provide outreach clinics, feeding programmes, vaccination and spaying services within the local rural communities which allows vets to monitor the health and wellbeing of local dog and cat populations.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

Most wildlife sanctuary programmes will accept volunteers aged over 18. If you have any special skills such as veterinary, marketing, filming or PR then your skills will be put to good use!
Check your sanctuary's policy on captive lions, cheetahs and leopards and make sure you are comfortable with their ethics.

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

Our sanctuary programmes include:
- Accommodation and three meals per day
- Transfers from the local airport
- Financing for the project
- All the equipment and materials needed to do your work
- 24 hour support from programme staff


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