Run by: The Great Projects
Reference number: Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project
This Rhino and Elephant Project found just 90 minutes away from the capital Harare has more than just beautiful and dramatic landscapes to offer. This 10,000-acre game reserve is home to the most loved and admired animals’ elephants and rhinos, as well as Africa’s famed ‘Big 5’ and not to mention all the other critters you would expect to see on a thriving game reserve!
Caring for and protecting all the wildlife living on the reserve is the aim of this project, with a specific focus on the elephants and rhino’s safety. Sadly, this reserve experienced some hardships over the years including its worst ever poaching incident in 2007, 3 rhinos and an unborn calf were tragically lost. Fortunately, a birth of a new baby rhino in 2014, relaunched the breeding and release programme!
As a volunteer on this project, you’ll be involved in many exciting and unique€tivities, that all contribute to the conservation and future of all the reserve’s animals. Protecting the elephants and rhinos from poaching, feeding and walking them are all on the agenda! As well as, game counts, carnivore feeding and educating the local children on the importance of wildlife conservation.
There are so many incredible and truly unique€tivities for you to take part it on this project. Here are just a few examples of what volunteers get up to:
Feed and Walk Elephants and Rhinos
Volunteers€companied by the handlers have the incredible opportunity to walk the rhinos and elephants to their night-time bomas! You’ll provide them with food and water and ensure their safety for the night. This is a wonderful chance to interact with the animals up close and learn about each of them from the elephant and rhino handlers.
As a volunteer, you’ll partake in bi-monthly patrols around the park. You’ll look for any evidence of poachers being on the reserve and will collect snares and other traps to avoid any animal from being injured.
White Rhino Tracking
Unlike the critically endangered black rhinos, the white rhinos are not kept in bomas overnight. This is due to them being nocturnal feeders, so instead, they remain guarded throughout the night. In the morning, you’ll use the radio telemetry kit to track down rhinos before observing and monitoring them.
Breakfast with the Elephants
Volunteers will have the unforgettable experience of eating their breakfast alongside the elephants. A peaceful breakfast out in the African bush is a memory you’ll treasure forever.
This active game reserve needs upkeeping like any reserve would. Volunteers are involved in distributing hay bales around the park, repairing fences, assisting with cattle dipping and general maintenance. There’s always work to be carried out to keep the successful reserve up and running.
As a volunteer, you’ll have the chance to help feed the reserve’s carnivores including hyenas, lions and crocodiles! Seeing these animals up close and feeding them dinner is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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