Rhino & Elephant Conservation

South Africa

8 - 12 weeks

5,085 - 6,485 Euro

Get involved first-hand in the daily care of endangered rhinos and elephants and join the anti-poaching efforts, conservancy management and maintenance of this family-run conservation project.

WELCOME TO THE RHINO & ELEPHANT CONSERVATION PROJECT

Nestled in the captivating landscapes of southern Zimbabwe, the Rhino & Elephant Conservation stands as a beacon of hope, dedication, and resilience. Renowned for its pioneering black and white rhino breeding and release program, this project plays a pivotal role in rehabilitating and protecting these majestic creatures. It's not just a conservation endeavor, but a passionate commitment to ensuring that the wildlife thrives amidst the challenges they face.

Why Choose the Rhino & Elephant Conservation Experience?

  • Rich Biodiversity:
    Spread across 4,000 hectares, expect a diverse array of species, from giraffe sand elephants to the iconic black and white rhinos.
  • Travers Family Commitment:
    Three generations dedicated to sustainable wildlife practices, with tales like Judy Travers' renowned rhino rescue.
  • Transformative Volunteering:
    Limited volunteer groups promise intimate wildlife interactions, offering deep insights into Africa's vibrant ecosystem.
  • Diverse Conservation Activities:
    Engage in a plethora of initiatives, from hands-on animal sessions to community education and vital research projects.
  • Witness Direct Impact:
    Participate and see firsthand the positive influence of your efforts on the conservancy and surrounding communities.

Join the Conservation Legacy

For those eager to make a difference, this is the place to be. Engage with nature, champion conservation efforts, and leave an everlasting impact. Dive into a unique African experience and have an experience of a lifetime!  

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QUICK FACTS

GENERAL
  • Up to 24 volunteers across 2 camps, 1-12 weeks, starts every Monday.
  • Minimum age: 18.
    Families with children from 5 years welcome for volunteering
TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS
  • Arrive at Harare Airport (HRE) before 13:00 Monday for pick-up. Depart after 12:00 Monday.
  • 1.5-hour transfer from Harare Airport to project (return) included in price
MEALS & MORE
  • Full-board meals, drinking water, coffee, tea are included.
  • Limited Wi-Fi; local SIM/data recommended, available at Harare Airport.
ADDITIONAL ADVENTURES
  • Extend your Zimbabwe trip with a safari or Victoria Falls, an hour flight from Harare.

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As a volunteer, you'll play a crucial role in monitoring rhino behavior to identify patterns and gain a better understanding of these elusive animals in the wild. Your research will help predict rhino responses to various stimuli and inform the conservancy's rhino population and habitat management strategies. You'll also observe feeding patterns to prevent over-grazing and over-browsing, plan rhino movements, and determine any necessary dietary supplements for the animals. By learning to use telemetry sets and recognizing rhino tracks and signs, you'll contribute to enhancing rhino management techniques worldwide.

Rhino Conservation Experience

Embark on a unique, hands-on adventure as a volunteer in the Rhino Conservation program.

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As a volunteer, you'll join snare sweeps to collect snares and traps, minimizing small animal poaching and supporting the anti-poaching unit's mission to protect larger animals. Weekly horse rides help monitor the herd and patrol boundaries. Experience weapons training with scouts and the anti-poaching unit using paintball guns simulating FN rifles. Engage in drills and meet the K-9 anti-poaching unit and Murwi, a highly trained Dutch Shepherd, to learn from their expertise.

Anti-Poaching Efforts and Monitoring

Join the anti-poaching team and engage in patrols and monitoring activities to help safeguard wildlife and their habitats.

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As a volunteer, you'll join snare sweeps to collect snares and traps, minimizing small animal poaching and supporting the anti-poaching unit's mission to protect larger animals. Weekly horse rides help monitor the herd and patrol boundaries. Experience weapons training with scouts and the anti-poaching unit using paintball guns simulating FN rifles. Engage in drills and meet the K-9 anti-poaching unit and Murwi, a highly trained Dutch Shepherd, to learn from their expertise.

Anti-Poaching Efforts and Monitoring

Join the anti-poaching team and engage in patrols and monitoring activities to help safeguard wildlife and their habitats.

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Take an active role in the day-to-day management of the conservancy, ensuring the well-being of its diverse wildlife and maintaining the integrity of their habitat. Your involvement in these essential tasks supports the project's long-term sustainability and success.

Conservancy Management

Join the team in restoring animal habitats such as removing invasive plants and clearing encroaching bush.

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At the Rhino & Elephant Conservation, approximately 500 people live or work in various areas such as the conservancy, lodge, volunteer program, and farm, including staff members and their families. The project supports nearby primary and secondary schools by sponsoring building projects, enhancing conservation education, and assisting with extracurricular activities like sports and school conservation clubs. The conservancy also aids the local Idube Clinic through medicine provision and financial donations.

Engage With the Local Community

Help educate local school children on conservation topics and join in cultural activities during your volunteer experience at Rhino & Elephant Conservation.

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During your free time at Rhino & Elephant Conservation, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of leisure activities, including fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking. Imire can also arrange weekend trips to Mutemwa Mountain or Markwe Caves, and you can visit the project's lodge for a delicious meal. The team at the project will happily assist with suggestions and reservations.

Additional Activities

Experience leisure activities such as fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking during your free time at Rhino & Elephant Conservation.

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Activity Overview

Volunteer touching a black rhino at the Imire Rhino & Elephant Conservation project in Zimbabwe.
Rhino Conservation Experience

As a volunteer, you'll play a crucial role in monitoring rhino behavior to identify patterns and gain a better understanding of these elusive animals in the wild. Your research will help predict rhino responses to various stimuli and inform the conservancy's rhino population and habitat management strategies. You'll also observe feeding patterns to prevent over-grazing and over-browsing, plan rhino movements, and determine any necessary dietary supplements for the animals. By learning to use telemetry sets and recognizing rhino tracks and signs, you'll contribute to enhancing rhino management techniques worldwide.

Anti-Poaching Efforts and Monitoring

As a volunteer, you'll join snare sweeps to collect snares and traps, minimizing small animal poaching and supporting the anti-poaching unit's mission to protect larger animals. Weekly horse rides help monitor the herd and patrol boundaries. Experience weapons training with scouts and the anti-poaching unit using paintball guns simulating FN rifles. Engage in drills and meet the K-9 anti-poaching unit and Murwi, a highly trained Dutch Shepherd, to learn from their expertise.

Elephant Conservation Adventure

At the Rhino & Elephant Conservation, the focus is on providing elephants with a life that closely resembles their natural habitat. These awe-inspiring animals serve as ambassadors for their species, playing a vital role in community education about conservation. As a volunteer, you'll help monitor feeding patterns, repair any conservancy damage caused by elephants, and enjoy memorable walks with them in the mornings or evenings. Learn from their skilled handlers about the challenges elephants face and the ongoing efforts to protect them.

Conservancy Management

Take an active role in the day-to-day management of the conservancy, ensuring the well-being of its diverse wildlife and maintaining the integrity of their habitat. Your involvement in these essential tasks supports the project's long-term sustainability and success.

Engage With the Local Community

At the Rhino & Elephant Conservation, approximately 500 people live or work in various areas such as the conservancy, lodge, volunteer program, and farm, including staff members and their families. The project supports nearby primary and secondary schools by sponsoring building projects, enhancing conservation education, and assisting with extracurricular activities like sports and school conservation clubs. The conservancy also aids the local Idube Clinic through medicine provision and financial donations.

Additional Activities

During your free time at Rhino & Elephant Conservation, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of leisure activities, including fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking. Imire can also arrange weekend trips to Mutemwa Mountain or Markwe Caves, and you can visit the project's lodge for a delicious meal. The team at the project will happily assist with suggestions and reservations.

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WHY we love it

Become an integral part of groundbreaking conservation work, where your daily activities directly contribute to the care and protection of endangered rhinos and elephants, offering a hands-on experience that not only benefits the wildlife but also enriches your understanding of these majestic creatures.

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Immerse yourself in the heart of Zimbabwe's natural beauty, engaging in a family-run project that combines the thrill of anti-poaching efforts and wildlife management with the warmth and legacy of a committed conservation family, making each moment spent on the reserve deeply personal and impactful.

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Experience a diverse array of conservation activities, from monitoring and feeding rhinos and elephants to participating in anti-poaching patrols and habitat restoration, ensuring that your volunteer work is varied, educational, and crucial to the ongoing success of the project.

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Extend your impact beyond wildlife by engaging with the local community through education and cultural exchange, fostering a deeper connection between conservation efforts and the people who live alongside these iconic species, ensuring a holistic approach to preserving Zimbabwe's natural heritage.

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