Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation

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.

What's the programme about?

This facility was opened to help heal and rehabilitate both domestic and wild animals. This animal care centre is run by enthusiasts who never turn away a single animal. The centre is home to previously abused lions, serval cats, primates, birds of prey, hedgehogs, bushbabies, monkeys, baboons, reptiles, dogs, tortoises and more animals that have arrived there from many different parts of Zimbabwe. All of the animals there are rescued, and some of the young orphans may even share a room with the staff and volunteers as they require special, around-the-clock care.

The wildlife sanctuary’s conservation programme is unique on the African continent. For example, the big game like lions are neither handled by the permanent staff nor volunteers/interns, which allows them to be wild as nature intended. This approach to wildlife management and rehabilitation includes a strict hands-off policy regarding wild animals, which allows for release back into the wild. There is a clear history and proven track record of releasing animals back into the wild, which differentiates the sanctuary from other conservancies.

Their approach to wildlife management and rehabilitation includes a hands-off policy regarding wild animals that are being prepared for release back into the wild. This is the difference between the sanctuary you can volunteer at through us and other similar organisations that don’t have a proven track record of releasing these animals back into their natural habitats.

What are the benefits of signing up?

1. Go on animal rescue expeditions

2. Participate in wildlife population control  programmes, including sterilisation of domestic animals such as dogs

3. Support animal clinics and the immunisation of domestic animals from the surrounding communities

4. Facilitate wildlife conservation and environment outreach work within local communities and schools

5. Assist with animal illness testing and treatment

6. Help with environmental management and wilderness rehabilitation

7. Teach children on conservation through non-traditional, interactive adventures both within the classroom as well as outdoors

8. Help plan and manage wildlife conservation event


What are the benefits of signing up?

1. Immerse yourself in local communities through impactful conservation outreach programmes

2. Help implement effective environmental awareness and conservation campaigns

3. Get involved and become part of the family and daily life at the sanctuary as well as at the school

4. Enhance your knowledge related to conservation and wildlife management at the most authentic project site in Zimbabwe

5. Make new friends for life, both among locals and other international volunteers and interns

6. Interact with vulnerable wildlife, restore them to health and freedom after having experienced suffering, injury and loss

7. Feed lions, duikers and other wild animals


Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme
06h30 Morning food preparation for the animals
08h30 Breakfast
09h30 Habitat enrichment – mending fences
11h00 Animal rehabilitation sessions
13h00 Lunch time
14h00 Free Community Dog clinic
16h30 Rescue Lion feeding
17h30 Home time
Where will you stay?

Intern Accomodation

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

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.






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