Rhino and Elephant Conservation

Company : Conservation Travel Africa
Location : Eastern Zimbabwe
Duration: 1 week to 2 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

A unique opportunity to help in the conservation of the endangered black rhino and iconic African elephant, at a private conservancy in Zimbabwe.

Volunteer at this unique programme and experience grass roots black rhino and elephant conservation. Play an important role in the game park and provide support for the anti-poaching and game park teams. Interact with black rhino and elephants, learn about game park management and get involved in vital anti-poaching activities. 

What sort of things will I be doing?

No two days on this project are ever the same and in addition to working with the elephants and rhino, you will get involved with daily jobs around the game park and give support to the dedicated anti-poaching team. This project is very hands on, so come prepared to get tired and dirty!

Rhino Conservation

Support the dedicated game park staff and rhino handlers in the daily care and protection of the black rhino. You will help gather data and information about rhino behaviour, help with the morning and evening feeding of the rhino, clean and maintain their night pens and help release them into the game park in the mornings. You will also help educate the local schoolchildren about the importance of rhino conservation.

Elephant Conservation

You will be working closely with the elephant guards and handlers to help support the elephant herds within the game park. Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring and observing browsing behaviour, cleaning and maintaining the elephant beds and helping stimulate the elephants, e.g. teaching them anti-poaching and tracking.

Conservancy Management

This project aims to give volunteers an insight into the running of an African game park and enable them to really contribute to the ongoing projects and daily activities which are so important to the conservation of the wildlife. This includes activities such as monitoring animal herds e.g. health checks, monitoring pregnancies and baby animals; feeding nutritional supplements to large mammals; game counts; reforestation and removal of alien species; road maintenance and fireguard burning.

Anti-poaching and Security

A large part of the volunteers role is to support the anti-poaching team in keeping the park safe for the animals and people who live in and around its boundaries. Volunteers will get involved with providing manpower for snare sweeps, anti-poaching patrols, fish-netting patrols as well as helping with fence patrols and fence repair. Volunteers also help to deliver an anti-poaching message to local schoolchidren.

Community Education - School Programme

An important part of wildlife conservation is to encourage children to appreciate the importance of living with wildlife and show how humans and animals can live together and benefit one another. Volunteers will help teach lessons on different animal species and the importance of caring for the environment, plus they will help the local schools with their vegetable gardens and tree planting projects. 

This project is a unique opportunity for volunteers to get an insight into hands on wildlife conservation, particularly focusing on black rhino and elephants, and get closer than you ever thought possible to these magnificent animals!

Start Dates

Any Monday throughout the year, excluding Christmas and New Year.

Costs / Benefits

Costs include all accommodation, food, soft drinks (tea, coffee, juice) and activities while on the project, plus return transfers from Harare (city or airport). The cost excludes flights, visa fees, travel insurance (required) and alcoholic beverages.


No specific qualifications are required but volunteers must have a good grasp of spoken English and an interest in wildlife conservation. A good level of general fitness is also required as there is some walking and foot-based tracking involved in the project.

Booking / Enquiry

Conservation Travel Africa Rhino and Elephant Conservation Reviews

Most Rewarding Experience

I went to volunteer in Zimbabwe with Conservation Travel Africa and it was one of the most fun and unique experiences of my life. I met so many great people from around the world that are now some of my close friends, but I also experienced the African wildlife in the best possible, most rewarding way. I got to work up close not only with rhinos, but elephants, lion, hyenas, sable antelopes, and other great animals. I have volunteered with other programs, but this one is so unique, you're never bored, always having fun and learning new stuff! That is why I always recommend this to all my friends and all people asking about volunteering in Africa.

By: Kate Hrabcova
Nationality: USA
Age: 38

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