Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation

Volunteer at an Animal Rescue Sanctuary with the most impact in Africa



Our team has been the first Zimbabwe-based turnkey provider of cross-cultural exchanges through volunteering, and internship placements at matched organisations.

Work and live at a true animal sanctuary, where injured and orphaned wildlife is taken in for treatment and rehabilitation, then prepared for free release back into the wild once they are able to fend for themselves. A total melting pot of farm animals, birds, dogs, cats, and big game make up this animal safe haven. This wildlife conservation programme is like no other in Africa, the big game for example are not handled neither by the permanent staff nor volunteers.

The rule of thumb with wildlife management and rehabilitation is a hands-off policy on wild animals being prepared for release back into the wild, and this is the difference with other “sanctuaries” that have no record of releasing these animals back into their natural habitats. If you’re looking for an impactful African animals volunteer programme, you’ve come to exactly the right place.

Background to the Programme

Animal Rescue sanctuary with the most impact in Africa. 

An animal care facility opened in order to heal and rehabilitate both domestic and wild animals. This animal care centre is run by animal enthusiasts, who never turn away a single animal, and the centre is home to abused lions, several cats, primates, birds of prey, hedgehogs, bush babies, reptiles, dogs, tortoises that have all come from different areas in Zimbabwe. All the animals here are rescued, and some of the young orphans may share the house with the staff and volunteers as they require special care. This is a unique opportunity to volunteer at an animal sanctuary in Africa.

Volunteers take part in the weekly community veterinary treatment, providing rabies vaccinations free of charge to the surrounding community.

Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme
06h30Morning food preparation for the animals
09h30Habitat enrichment – mending fences
11h00Animal rehabilitation sessions
13h00Lunch time
14h00Free Community Dog clinic
16h30Rescue Lion feeding
17h30Home time
Where will you stay?


Volunteers live in a farmhouse style house, in the heart of the animal sanctuary. All meals,
snacks and drinks are provided apart from Sundays, however, there are shops nearby and a
fully equipped kitchen. There is a swimming pool and a dam, where you may take a dive
and swim or canoe during your down time. You want to keep in touch with people back
home? Cool, unlimited Wi-Fi is available for you to use.
We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated
areas away from the house.

What do you need to apply?

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.  Our application process is split into two categories:

Volunteers – require some of the following:

  • Degree / Masters / PhD  in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environment, Veterinary science, Animal Science or related field
  • Must have work experience within a related field
  • Passport valid for at least (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe

Interns – require some of the following:

  • Gap Year, student or training for a university degree or technical college in Conservation, Zoology, Animal Science or related field
  • An interest and passion for working with animals, and the environment
  • Some experience within the conservation field would be beneficial

African Animals Volunteer Programme Highlights

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Work and live at a true animal sanctuary where injured and orphaned wildlife is taken in for treatment, rehabilitation & then released back into the wild. Each individual animal is given care and attention with the goal of releasing them back into the wild once they are able to fend for themselves. It’s a highly impactful programme that works closely with the surrounding communities, where residents bring their dogs to be fed and receive rabies vaccinations free of charge every Tuesday. Veterinary, pre-veterinary and vet tech students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in further work with the resident vet at the private clinic practice in the city centre.




Jasmin Lopez United States, Ohio State University

Volunteering here was an amazing experience. You truly get some hands-on experience, and are able to learn so much from the handlers that work here. I learned so much more about what it means to work for the care of animals.

wildlife internship abroad in Africa - Zimbabwe
Zach Karr United States, Ohio State University

Going on this trip was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was truly an incredible experience. The people I met were all amazingly kind and helpful. Twala was inspiring. I’m still amazed at the passion everyone there had for animals.

Nicole Hasan United States, Ohio State University

We were taught so much about the animals including species that I had never even heard of before. I would absolutely go back, although it would probably be even harder to leave next time!

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