Animal Care and Veterinary Volunteering with African Impact

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Wildlife Veterinary Assistance Volunteers in South Africa
Wildlife Veterinary Assistance Volunteers in South Africa
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group on beach
Lions, Conservation and Community Volunteer in Zambia
Lions, Conservation and Community Volunteer in Zambia
group with a zebra
group with a zebra
Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Orphan Care Volunteer in Zambia
Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Orphan Care Volunteer in Zambia
lion yawning
lion yawning
Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Orphan Care Volunteer in Zambia
Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Orphan Care Volunteer in Zambia
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two people looking at a map

About

Southern Africa is a fantastic destination of choice for anyone with a passion for animals and their care. We believe there is nowhere better in the world to gain extremely useful skills and animal management experience than in the heart of the African bush.

Our innovative projects will give you hands-on experience in the care of domesticated or rehabilitated animals in need of veterinary assistance in game reserves, sanctuaries and animal shelters. You will have the chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of Africa’s most exquisite animals, while developing a deeper understanding for conservation and animal care.

Popular Programs

Wildlife Rescue and Release Project

Live and work in a growing wildlife sanctuary in the Greater Kruger Area, helping to rescue and rehabilitate injured or lost wildlife

Wildlife Veterinary Assistance

Get 3 weeks of unique hands-on experience in wildlife capture and veterinary procedures on this South Africa based course.

Abused Animal Shelter Project

Animal protection is often overlooked South Africa. As a volunteer, you’ll assist in rescuing abandoned and abused domestic pets.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

93%
based on 3 reviews
  • Impact 8.3
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.7
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.7
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Corrin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lion Conservation

The program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with amazing animals and actually witness the difference that you are making. It also offers great connections to the local town, and opportunities to teach local youths about the importance of conservation. The opportunities offered, ranging from horseback safaris to meat prep for lion feeds can not be had anywhere else. The staff, the location, the food, everything about this trip was incredible.

What would you improve about this program?
No improvements required as far as I’m concerned!
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Jaikrishnan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lion Encounter Project

I never thought i could walk side by side with a lion and what an amazing experience it was! Unfortunately the numbers are declining and the project still seems to be in it's first steps, it is a step in the right direction. The staffs and organisers aim to let volunteers have a true and controlled exposure and experience and it was thoroughly enjoyable. An experience i would not forget for the rest of my life definitely!

What would you improve about this program?
Accomodation and food.
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Kayla
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lion Encounter Volunteer Program

Volunteering with Lion Encounter was a great experience. It was my first time to Africa and I fell in love with Zambia and its people.

The program itself was very interesting and everyday was different. Although walking the Lions was the main purpose, behind the scenes tasks also needed to be done like meat prep, enclosure cleaning/maintenance, behaviour enrichment and snare sweeps to mention a few. Research tasks also needed to be conducted for hunting purposes with the cubs and activity budgets with the release site lions and elephant research as well.

Client walks were also conducted for tourists in the area wanting to experience walking with lions. All in all a great experience and every task related back to the purpose and need of the program.

Not only were the tasks varied they were well organized and conducted by experienced handlers/guides who were always open to questions and helped along the way.

The accommodation was basic but comfortable for Africa and the food was amazing. Our chef was very talented and could cater to various dietary needs.

This program also allows interaction with a couple of local schools through teaching an Environmental Club and Kids Club either during the school week or on a Saturday morning.

Volunteering really made me appreciate the time I spent in Zambia with both the animals and the people. The African way of life if quite different than that of the western world but rarely do you see someone without a smile on their face!

I would highly recommend volunteering in Zambia, Lion Encounter specifically was amazing but I believe anywhere in Zambia would create amazing experiences and the locals are very welcoming and thankful.