Horse Riding & Wildlife Conservation Rhino & Elephant Conservation Wedza, Zimbabwe Imire Rhino Conservation
Volunteer in Africa and help secure the future of the endangered black rhino, cheetah and elephant. Experience daily life on a 10,000 acre family-run private conservancy.
Horse Riding & Wildlife Conservation Wedza, Zimbabwe Imire Rhino Conservation
Combine horseback safaris, anti-poaching patrols and wildlife monitoring, with hands-on rhino and elephant conservation work. All on the back of your very own bush horse!
Nature Enthusiast Course Wedza, Zimbabwe Imire Rhino Conservation
Perfect for wildlife lovers looking to take their knowledge to the next level, a worthwhile gap year experience, or to kick-start a career in wildlife conservation.

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Project Details

Hands-on rhino and elephant conservation at a private conservancy in Zimbabwe. Work alongside conservationists to help secure the future of these amazing animals.

Project Background

Imire was founded in 1952 by Norman and Gilly Travers. Originally cattle ranchers and farmers, the Travers also had a great passion for wildlife and conservation, which led to the establishment of Imire as a wildlife conservancy.

In 1987, 250 black rhino were removed from the Zambezi Valley due to a distressing rise in illegal rhino poaching. These rhino were relocated to private conservancies for safety. Imire was granted custodianship of seven orphaned calves and became an intensive black rhino breeding station. To date Imire has successfully released 11 rhino into the wild and they have gone on to breed successfully. The Black Rhino Breeding Programme is world-renowned, helping to protect Zimbabwe’s heritage with the successful re-introduction of this incredible endangered animal back into the wild.

Endangered Species Conservation

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation is internationally renowned for its black rhino breeding and release programme. The 10,000 acre reserve was given seven orphaned baby black rhino to raise in 1985 and since then 17 rhinos have been born at Imire and 12 released back into National Parks across Zimbabwe and Botswana. Now home to seven black and four white rhino, Imire is also home to three elephants who were orphans that outgrew their rescue sanctuaries back in the 1980s. These elephants could never be released and have found a forever home in as natural an environment as possible. Imire is also home to a buffalo, lion, a huge range of plains game such as giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, kudu and the rare sable antelope. In 2021, Imire became home to two male cheetah, born in captivity in Canada and brought to Zimbabwe as part of a re-wildling project.

Wildlife conservation volunteers get involved with every aspect of game park life, with a focus on rhino, elephants and cheetah. Get up close to these amazing animals and study their behaviour; learn from experienced guides and support the dedicated Anti-Poaching Unit. Volunteers also work on conservancy building and maintenance projects and carry out game counts, herd monitoring, maintenance, reforestation projects and work on the farm.

Volunteers will help with English literacy in the local school, working with a programme that has been approved by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Education, and assist older children with homework and school projects in the project's dedicated Learning Centre. Volunteers also undertake conservation education lessons with high school children, taking them around the conservancy and showing them the importance of caring for the natural environment and the animals within.

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Foundation Year
Contact Person
Claire Bramford
Claire Bramford
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Imire's vision is long term wildlife management, focusing on the breeding and release of black rhino and, more recently, cheetah. Through the protection and care of their wildlife and integration with local communities, it is their goal for rural communities and wildlife to successfully prosper, side by side. All volunteers spend time in the local community to understand the pressures they face and how this in turn affects conservation efforts.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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