Specialist Rhino Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre

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Program Description

The Care for Wild Africa project is South Africa's largest specialist facilities for rhino rehabilitation. The centre takes care of rhino calves that have been orphaned due to the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. Many of the rhinos arrive from the Kruger National Park area and many have sustained serious injuries in the attacks that have killed their mothers. They require intensive care while young - volunteers will sometimes sleep out in an enclosure to help the little ones settle in, and will also take responsibility for feeding them throughout the night. Older rhino are socialised with other rhino in larger enclosures and are carefully monitored in a scientific behavioural observation programme.


- Hand-rear orphaned rhino calves
- Learn about infant nutrition and veterinary care
- Assist with socialising and monitoring older rhino
- Get involved with running a busy wildlife rehabilitation centre, from building enclosures to being part of rescue or release missions
- Look after other wildlife species at the centre, from owls to hippos, serval cats, mongoose and antelopes


No qualifications or previous experience is necessary. You will receive training on site.

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What`s Included

All placements include transfers from Johannesburg airport, accommodation, 24/7 in country support and financial contributions to the project

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Program Locations

Nelspruit, South Africa

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Program Details

African Conservation Experience
  • South Africa: Nelspruit
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
from 2,840 USD
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