Make a difference by joining our Living with Orphaned Rhinos program where you will be responsible for hand rearing and rehabilitating baby orphaned rhinos. Volunteers will get a chance to help with rehabilitation work including feeding, treatment and care for the rhinos. They will also help with the other animals at the centre including giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and additional primates.
Have you ever wondered what happens to rhino calves who’s mothers have been killed by poachers? The rate of rhino poaching in South Africa is rapidly escalating, leaving behind many orphaned calves. This has created a real need for a facility that provides specialist care for the traumatized and injured infant rhinos.
The Living with Orphaned Rhino program allows you to do just that! As a volunteer you will focus on hand rearing, veterinary care, nutrition and the rehabilitation of rhino calves whose mothers have been killed by poachers. Spend your time caring for rhino calves as well as other wildlife species such as giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu and primates. Join our experienced team and help these rhinos until they can be released onto safe reserves
This is a unique opportunity to work with one of Africa’s most critically endangered animals. One of the biggest challenges facing wildlife today is the illegal trade in wildlife products, especially rhino horn. Rhino poaching has increased at an alarming rate during the past decade, and it is the aim of this programme to help in the fight towards saving these iconic species. In some parts of the world, rhino horn is more valuable than precious substances like platinum, diamonds and gold! This demand has fueled the rhino poaching crisis, and that is why it’s so important to have places like this rhino orphanage… where these animals can live and grow in a safe environment. This is the largest rhino orphange in the world.
The rhinos in the orphanage typically come from Kruger National park, the area worst hit by rhino poaching activities, and are usually the babies of female rhinos that were killed for their horns. The facility is not open to the public – it is not a tourist attraction, and we are only looking for volunteers who are serious about committing to providing care to the rhinos and other animals at the orphanage.
As the owner of the rhino orphanage says, “You can expect to work hard and get your hands dirty!”
The rhino orphanage is situated in the Lowveld region of the Mpumalanga province in South Africa. The area is typically known as “Bushveld”… associated with your typical African safari scenes! The closest town is Nelspruit, and the Kruger National Park is not far away.
Volunteers stay in shared cabins (2-4 people/cabin) with ensuite bathrooms. There is a communal volunteer area that has a fully equipped kitchen, covered veranda, lounge area and lecture room.
MONDAY – SUNDAY
6AM – 7AM: Food preparation & baby rhino feeding
7AM – 8AM: Rhino boma maintenance
8AM – 9AM: Morning Meeting
9AM – 10.30AM: Breakfast
10:30AM – 12PM: Food Preparation & baby rhino feeding
12PM – 2PM: Lunch
2PM – 6PM: Food Preparation, baby rhino feeding, additional animal feeding and farm maintenance
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change
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