Rescued Animal Conservation, Malawi

Location: Malawi: Lilongwe

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

Nexteracom Building Ebene, Mauritius

Call Us

Phone: +44 (0) 333 444 0182


Make a difference to the lives of rescued animals, learn practical animal care skills and immerse yourself in a new way of life.

The sanctuary and reserve are home to primates, large and small carnivores, antelopes, reptiles, and birds. The vast majority have been rescued as orphans or victims of injuries from the illegal wildlife trade, snares, car accidents or stoning by locals. The reserve is home to a state-of-the-art vet clinic and an accredited orphan care programme, so most intakes are managed on-site.

This is an amazing opportunity to get experience with wildlife while working towards their eventual release back into the wild.

Why volunteer?

Poverty, deforestation and wildlife crime have put Malawi's animals under immense pressure. Volunteers are critical to the rehabilitation programme and all fees go directly to the sanctuary and its associated projects across Malawi. The project focuses on keeping wildlife in the wild and rehabilitating and releasing as many animals as possible back to their natural habitat.

You will be involved with:
- Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation
- Animal care
- Wildlife release
- Habitat enrichment
- Veterinary support
- Research


Why choose this project?

Experience a wide range of different animal care activities at one of Africa's best wildlife sanctuaries and get involved with wildlife ecology and veterinary medicine. This project is focused on keeping wildlife in the wild and rehabilitating and releasing as many animals as possible back to their natural habitat.

- Join an acclaimed team, experienced in successful animal releases
- Learn new skills in basic veterinary care as you assist with health checks and vaccinations
- Work alongside permanent staff as you hand-rear orphaned babies
- Work on enrichment projects to keep animals happy and healthy
- Help maintain the busy sanctuary and work on construction and building projects
- Meet local schoolchildren as you accompany them on guided tours of the centre
- Work on research projects, ecological surveys and mammal censuses to support wider conservation efforts in Malawi
- Get involved with released animals, monitor and collect data
- Help integrate rehabilitated animals into new groups prior to release
- Wake up that sound of the wilderness around you - the chattering of monkeys and the roaring of lions!
- Have a fantastic African adventure as you enjoy safaris, sandy beaches and amazing scenery

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

The fee includes:
- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme your are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, veterinary supplies, vehicles and feed
- Airport transfers on a Tuesday
- 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
- Free wireless internet
- Free t-shirt and local phone sim card
- Full 24 hour support and training from your programme co-ordinators

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Conservation
  • Community Development
  • Animal Welfare
  • Veterinary Science
Typical Volunteer
We welcome volunteers with a passion and interest in wildlife and conservation and the ability to communicate suitably in English. Experience in many fields is useful, such as veterinary, animal care, marketing, filmmaking, photography - and if you have any of these skills you may be put to good use! It is always those who have a positive attitude, enthusiasm and flexibility who leave the biggest mark. You should be of reasonable mobility and fitness and if you have any concerns about things you can and can’t do, please just let us know. If you have experience or are studying in Veterinary Science and would like to spend more time on that side of the sanctuary, this can usually be arranged and is usually very welcome!
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory

Participants Travel to Malawi

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Year Founded