Rhino & Elephant Conservation

Volunteer in Africa and help secure the future of the black rhino and elephant. Experience daily life on a 10,000 acre private game reserve.

Our Hands-on Rhino and Elephant Conservation Programme is a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at day-to-day life at Imire and be involved with the conservation of Zimbabwe’s endangered black rhino.

This programme is focused on the protection and care of our five black and two white rhino and our four elephants. Contribute to a long term conservation programme focusing on the ongoing protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, especially the black rhino. Get involved with a variety of conservation projects: 

  • work alongside our rhinos and elephants
  • game park management
  • wildlife monitoring
  • undertake anti-poaching patrols to ensure the continued safety of the animals 
  • help educate local school-children about conservation, wildlife and the environment
  • learn about what is involved in the running of a conservancy

The aim of this programme is to help with Imire’s established black rhino breeding and release programme, to collect meaningful data and information relating to rhino and wildlife conservation and behaviour and to educate the local community about wildlife conservation.

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Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Typical day

There is no such thing as a typical day at Imire, but these are activities which you will almost certainly be involved with during your stay

RHINO CONSERVATION

- Learn all about these amazing animals from experienced guides and handlers
Observe and record rhino behaviour to identify patterns and understand relationships
- Feed and walk with the rhino; help handers to ensure the animals are secure at night
- Clean out rhino beds and repair enclosures
- White rhino tracking: join the white rhino scouts on morning patrol; learn how to use the telemetry set, look for the tracks and signs of rhino movement and identify spoor. Upon locating the rhino, volunteers monitor and observe their behaviour and feeding patterns with the scouts.

WORK WITH ELEPHANTS 
- Monitor elephant movements, behaviour and feeding patterns
Feed, walk with and swim with the elephants and their handlers
Clean out the elephant beds and put in fresh hay
- Maintain and repair enclosures

ANTI-POACHING AND SECURITY
- Undertake snare patrols and anti-poaching monitoring - check for evidence of poaching and collect snares and traps. This minimises the poaching of small and large animals on the reserve and provides support to the dedicated anti-poaching team.
- Fence and boundary monitoring on horseback and on foot
- Horseback riding patrols: carry out herd monitoring and anti-poaching off the beaten track

GAME PARK MANAGEMENT
- Undertake deliveries of hay bales and game cubes around the game park to supplement the natural browse and grazing for all animals
- Help maintain fences, roads, fireguards and park equipment
Indigenous tree planting and removal of alien species
Litter sweeps within the game park and surrounding areas
- Cattle dipping: help the cattle section on dip days to control the population of parasites and other diseases which can affect the wildlife
Monitor the condition and health of herd animals
Game counts by foot, vehicle and on horseback
- Carnivore feeding: volunteers are responsible for feeding the lion, hyenas, crocodile and the periodic dosing of the lion to prevent ticks

COMMUNITY, TEACHING AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES 
We believe that wildlife conservation goes hand in hand with community education and that this sharing of knowledge is the key to the future of Africa’s wildlife heritage. Volunteers work with community leaders and schools to share their passion for conservation and the environment. 

Assist with English lessons to improve grade school English
Help in the vegetable gardens and work with the Conservation Club
- Take 
conservation lessons and school trips into the game park
Home visits: you may be invited into the home of a local community member to experience rural Zimbabwean life
Play sports and games with the younger children

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A moderate level of fitness and a passion for wildlife and conservation.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Imire Wildlife Conservation are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

During your leisure time you may go on walks and hikes around the reserve or to local places of interest; go into Harare to experience the flea markets and shops or go fishing or canoeing on one of the many dams. Weekend excursions to Victoria Falls can be arranged.

Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking
Riding

Services

What's included?
Included in your programme fee:
- Return transfers from Harare
- Accommodation
- 3 meals per day plus tea and coffee
- Laundry
- Activities and equipment on the programme

What is not included:
- Flights to Harare
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Drinks from the bar
- Wifi
- Any extra activities or excursions outside of the volunteer programme
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

We will collect you either from Harare International Airport or your pre-programme accommodation in Harare.

Accommodation

Your home will be a two storey thatched farmhouse which has two dormitories and two twin / double rooms. There are two bathrooms with shower, bath and toilet plus three outside solar showers. The house is fully equipped with a kitchen, laundry, small generator for power outages, bar and verandah. There is a large garden with outside pool.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You will have three meals per day prepared by the staff and served buffet-style. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements can be accommodated.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,750.00
3 weeks
$2,458.00
4 weeks
$3,165.00
5 weeks
$3,873.00
6 weeks
$4,580.00
7 weeks
$5,288.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$5,995.00

You can volunteer at the project site in Wedza/Zimbabwe between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Imire Wildlife Conservation will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$812/week
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Imire Wildlife Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Zimbabwe

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Zimbabwe. Please check the visa regulations for Zimbabwe.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Zimbabwe.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Harare (HRE) in Harare. We assist you to find cheap flights to Zimbabwe.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Zimbabwe provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Zimbabwe you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Zimbabwe.
Imire Game Park, Wedza, Zimbabwe
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