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Wildlife Environmental Conservation Game Park Management​

What's the programme about?

The conservancy is primarily a rhino and sable breeding sanctuary and has released several rhinos into their original habitat on the Zambezi escarpment. If you want to get involved in protecting and preserving the future of Rhinos, this is the programme for you! Conservation through education is a recurring theme within the conservancy and is extended to the surrounding communities. A huge investment was dedicated to building a primary school so that local children and future generations can receive a good education. A computer lab was built with the support of volunteers who donated their time and resources in order to ensure that the surrounding community members can connect, and engage with, the rest of the world. Further community development goals include opening a community clinic as well as being able to provide much-needed assistance to local children.

A significant part of this project is also community outreach, combining conservation education with healthcare improvement programmes. This creates a win-win situation whereby local community members’ healthcare needs are considered and met, whilst they are encouraged to take care of the local environment and its wildlife. A computer lab was built with the support of volunteers who donated their time and resources in order to ensure that the surrounding community members can connect, and engage with, the rest of the world.

Volunteer tasks

1. Elephant handling and tracking

2. Rhino handling and tracking

3. Cut browse for elephants assist with beehive maintenance teach community children computer skills

4. Go on a day and night game drive

5. Learn about game park maintenance and management

6. Conduct wildlife research, including ongoing animal game counts,

7. data collection and reporting

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 conservancy as well as at the school

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

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

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

8. Ride horses and participate in the Rhino and elephant conservation efforts

Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme
TimeActivity
06h00Elephant handling and tracking
08h30Breakfast
09h00Game Park Maintenance: cleaning Bomas & mending fences
12h30Lunch
14h30Anti-poaching practice using paint ball guns
15h30Rhino handling and feeding
17h00Home Time
Where will you stay?

Intern Accomodation

There are two modern houses on the conservancy and volunteers will be allocated to any of the two depending on availability. There is a swimming pool, braai (barbeque) area and a
dam that you will have the option to canoe. As it is in the bush, there is no Wi-Fi connection at the house and you can access the Internet only at the computer lab on certain days. All meals, snacks and soft drinks are provided apart from Sunday when you can get creative in the fully equipped kitchen.

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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

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HIGHLIGHTS

Rhinos are in real danger of extinction and we are at the forefront of trying to ensure the species is kept alive. Along with rhinos on the endangered species list are pangolins as well as sables. The wildlife, environment conservation & game park management programme utilises a community-based approach to conservation, wherein the communities surrounding the conservancy are the first line of defense against poachers as whistle blowers. As such, the programme combines hands-on work inside the conservancy, taking care of the wildlife, whilst interacting heavily with the surrounding communities to enhance the environmental and wildlife conservation efforts.

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