1 - 12 weeks
Max 12 people
1 - 12 weeks
Max 12 people
What’s the Rhino & Elephant project about?
When you join the Rhino & Elephant project at Imire in Zimbabwe, you’re making life better for amazing animals and the human communities they share their environment with. Your project is dedicated to the conservation of African wildlife, with a focus on the endangered black rhino, elephant, and cheetah.
The project’s mission is to ensure is to ensure the long term future of Africa’s wildlife, combining wildlife protection, positive community involvement and responsible tourism.
Sound good? Read on for more about this life-changing opportunity.
How will I be helping out?
When you join the Rhino & Elephant project, you become part of a dedicated, passionate volunteering family.
This unique wildlife conservation volunteer programme combines conservation work with rhinos, elephants and cheetah, with community empowerment and education projects, conservancy management and wildlife research.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer with rhinos and play an important role in the daily activities of a wildlife conservancy.
Whether you’re hammering in nails or tracking rhino calves, you’re contributing to something very special.
Is this an ethical volunteer project?
It is indeed. Private conservancies like Imire are vital in helping endangered species survive and thrive.
The human-wildlife conflict is probably the biggest issue we face as conservationists.
But you can make a difference. By volunteering at Imire you play a hands-on role protecting threatened wildlife and you’re contributing to a conservation success story – where communities and conservancies coexist peacefully and productively.
Our Rhino & Elephant Conservation Programme takes an integrated approach to conserving endangered wildlife. Volunteers like you are key to protecting Imire’s eleven rhinos and elephants, through a variety of different activities and projects. You’ll work closely with local employees and community members.
This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in day-to-day life in Africa. In return, you’ll contribute to an important conservation cause. It’s truly life-changing.
- Experience black and white rhinos, elephants, cheetah and a range of other wildlife.
- Learn to track cheetah and rhinos using telemetry.
- Conduct wildlife observations and animal monitoring.
- Participate in important conservation activities including game counts and wildlife research.
- Contribute to anti-poaching efforts to ensure the continued safety of the animals.
- Work with local school children on literacy and conservation projects.
- Learn about wildlife conservation and the threats to African wildlife, and experience the huge responsibility of managing a wildlife conservancy.
Volunteers will usually get involved in some or all of the following activities:
Endangered species conservation – rhinos, elephants and cheetah:
- Monitor rhinos, elephants and cheetah and collect observational data on animal behaviour, health, movements, interactions and feeding activities.
- Have close up encounters with the rhinos and elephants while you gather data.
- Learn from experienced rangers about the challenges these animals face to survive.
- Repair elephant damage.
- Learn to use telemetry and identify rhino and cheetah tracks and signs in the bush.
- Maintain feeding bomas and elephant beds.
Anti-poaching and security
- Provide additional manpower for foot patrols and snare sweeps.
- Secure, repair and check the boundary fences.
- Conduct weapons training and anti-poaching simulations.
- Communicate anti-poaching messages to school children.
- Deliver feed and nutritional supplements around the conservancy, focusing on sable, giraffe, lion, elephants and buffalo.
- Undertake game counts and herd studies on foot, by vehicle and on horseback.
- Carry out indigenous tree planting, and invasive and alien species removal.
- Maintain fences, roads, fireguards and equipment.
Imire has been closely involved with the Wedza community since its foundation and community engagement is the essence of our conservation philosophy. This is can be seen in our long-running involvement in local employment opportunities, education support, healthcare and poverty alleviation projects. Volunteers will get involved with:
- Education projects focusing on English literacy and conservation education.
- Organic gardening and tree planting.
- Homework and computer training for older children and adults.
- Cultural exchange experiences through traditional home visits and Shona culture evenings.
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