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.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
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.
- Go on animal rescue expeditions
- Participate in wildlife population control programmes, including sterilisation of domestic animals such as dogs
- Support animal clinics and the immunisation of domestic animals from the surrounding communities
- Facilitate wildlife conservation and environment outreach work within local communities and schools
- Assist with animal illness testing and treatment
- Help with environmental management and wilderness rehabilitation
- Teach children on conservation through non-traditional, interactive adventures both within the classroom as well as outdoors
- Help plan and manage wildlife conservation event
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Here’s what a day at the Animal Rescue Sanctuary can look like for you…
- Immerse yourself in local communities through impactful conservation outreach programmes
- Help implement effective environmental awareness and conservation campaigns
- Get involved and become part of the family and daily life at the sanctuary as well as at the school
- Enhance your knowledge related to conservation and wildlife management at the most authentic project site in Zimbabwe
- Make new friends for life, both among locals and other international volunteers and interns
- Interact with vulnerable wildlife, restore them to health and freedom after having experienced suffering, injury and loss
- Feed lions, duikers and other wild animals
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
Should you wish to extend your stay beyond the initially-offered 4 weeks, we are here to make the experience you’re looking for happen! We’re here for you and we can also customise longer-term placements!
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