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Baboon Welfare

Volunteering at a prime Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary

from R1,260.00

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and nationalities and with varied familiarity with animals and wildlife… from absolutely no experience, to those with a professional background in veterinary or conservation science. What our volunteers do have in common is a love of wildlife and a passion for aiding in the conservation and care of Africa’s diverse species.

Volunteers provide an important resource in the daily care and feeding of animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get hands on with African wildlife and many aspects of their care. Additionally, although our focus is on animal welfare, there will also be educational and recreational activities for volunteers to take part in.

Because we release and/or relocate whenever possible, the animals at the sanctuary will vary at any given time, but may include carnivores such as wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah and caracal; primates such as baboon and vervet monkey; birds such as peacock and vulture; antelope such as oryx (gemsbok), springbok, duiker and kudu; small mammals such as meerkat, rock dassie, polecat, genet and warthog, as well as a host of other species and farm animals.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Volunteer Research, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Moderate
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  • Group Size Medium Group
    20
All about the Volunteering at a prime Namibian Wildlife 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. Possible tasks as a volunteer on the Sanctuary include:

  • Preparing food and feeding the wildlife and farm animals;
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures;
  • 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-roaming carnivores in the area, analysing camera traps and GPS data;
  • Tracking & monitoring carnivores (and sometimes snakes!), horseback riding and game counts in the bush; and,
  • Assisting with the various projects that arise at the sanctuary.
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    This can include:
    Preparing food and feeding the wildlife and farm animals;
    Cleaning and maintaining enclosures;
    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-roaming carnivores in the area, analysing camera traps and GPS data;
    Tracking & monitoring carnivores (and sometimes snakes!), horseback riding and game counts in the bush; and,
    Assisting with the various projects that arise at the sanctuary.

We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; volunteer rooms can take up to three-four 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.

The facilities at our research sites are very similar to the ones provided at the sanctuary, with accommodation being either in guest house rooms or in large tents.

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