Zimbabwe Animal Sanctuary

Company : Conservation Travel Africa
Activities: Family Volunteer Projects / Summer Volunteer Programs / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours / Veterinary Internships
Country: Zimbabwe
Location : Rural areas around Harare
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 $ Dollars (US)

Join a team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this incredibly rewarding, family-run animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary. 

This is a personal, hands-on experience for animal lovers who want to be involved in wildlife care; from meerkats to monkeys, bush babies, baboons and birds.

Work alongside the trustees of the sanctuary as you live and work at the centre, which offers a safe haven to a wide variety of African wildlife, plus farm animals, birds and lots of dogs and cats! Animals at the sanctuary have been rescued from all over Zimbabwe either by the dedicated team or through a network of conservationists. From lions to serval cats, donkeys to owls, their beloved animal family will live the lives they deserve whilst in the sanctuary’s care.

This volunteer programme is a small, family-run project where you will live alongside permanent staff and get involved in their day-to-day activities, whether it be feeding and vaccinating up to 50 local dogs at the clinic each week, sitting with and monitoring lions or helping with injured or traumatised animals and birds. You will be given your own project or animal to work with during your stay, which is an incredible rewarding and fulfilling experience.


What sort of things will I be doing?

  • This sanctuary is all about creating a forever home for the animals and birds who are brought under its roof, and the work it does in this part of Zimbabwe is very well-respected and appreciated.
  • Join a family-run team in their daily care of a wide variety of large and small animals
  • Work with rescued lions in a responsible way and learn about the threats they face from irresponsible tourism
  • Join veterinary staff in rural vet clinics and outreach services
  • Help with animals rescued from domestic situations including pet monkeys and tortoises
  • Work on enrichment projects to keep the animals happy and healthy
  • Hand-rear orphaned babies
  • Look after the free-roaming animals including serval, duiker and monkeys
  • Help release smaller animals around the property
  • Work on bird rescue and rehabilitation
  • Take local schoolchildren around the sanctuary and help with their conservation lessons
  • Undertake essential (and seemingly never-ending) maintenance and building around the sanctuary

Start Dates

Start dates are Mondays except mid-December to mid-January.

Costs / Benefits

What does the cost include?

- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme your are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs etc
- Transfers to and from Harare International Airport to the project on a Monday
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry (exc. any snacks, alcoholic or fizzy drinks from the bar)
- Three meals per day
- Full 24 hour support and training from your sanctuary staff during your stay
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work


We welcome volunteers aged over 18 who have a passion and interest in animal welfare and conservation, and the ability to communicate suitably in English. Experience in many fields is useful, such as veterinary, animal care, marketing and photography. You should be of reasonable mobility and fitness.

If you have experience in, or are studying, Veterinary Science and would like to spend more time on that side of the project, this can be arranged. People with building skills are always welcomed with open arms as there is almost constant construction and repair work to be done.

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