Rhino Sanctuary Volunteer Project

Rhino Sanctuary Volunteer Project

Rhino Sanctuary Volunteer Project

Trip Details:

Operator:   Intern Africa
Price From: 2,500 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 16 days

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About this program

Venture to South Africa and become a conservation volunteer at the largest rhino rehabilitation facility in the country. The centre is home to orphaned rhino calves due to illegal poaching which has become a major crisis. 

As a volunteer, you will take part in taking care of the orphaned and sick animals, and will assist with their continued animals. You’ll learn about the preparation of formula for the baby rhinos, who need to be hand-reared due to the loss of their mothers. If you join this team, you’ll assist with bottle-feeding and learn to keep records of the development, behavior, and weight gain. 

By joining this program, you are contributing to the vision of the centre which is to have free-ranging rhinos in protected areas around Africa. The reality as it stands now is that orphaned rhinos rarely make it on their own in the wild, so in order to increase their odds, centres like this one are extremely important. 

Some of the activities you’ll be tasked with include: 

  • caring for sick and orphaned animals
  • preparation of food / formula for rhinos
  • take careful records of animal behavior, weight gain, and development
  • game farm activities

This is an extremely rewarding volunteer experience. You’ll join a team of people who are working to save the rhino from possible extinction! 



What to Expect:

This project has an overall goal of releasing rhinos back into their natural habitats. Human interaction with rhinos is, therefore, kept to a minimum and depends on the animals that are at the centre when you arrive. 

A typical day would look similar to this: 

6:00 AM - Wake up & prepare for your day

7:00 AM - Feeding animals at the hospital. Give milk to any baby animals, updating records, and ensuring food supplies are stocked. 

12:00 PM - Lunch/Down Time

1:00 PM / 2:00 PM - Getting involved with game farm activities

3:00 PM / 4:00 PM - Feeding time at the hospital

6:00 PM - Dinner

7:00 PM - Relaxation / Down Time

* Please keep in mind that the activities above depend on the needs of the animals at the time of your visit.*

The Minimum stay for this program is 16 days. Longer stays are available as listed below:

23 Days - $3300 USD

4 Weeks - $4250 USD

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

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Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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