Big 5 Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe

Location: Zimbabwe: Rural Areas

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

Nexteracom Building Ebene, Mauritius

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Phone: +44 (0) 333 444 0182


The focus of this Big 5 Wildlife Conservation project is to assist with the operation and rehabilitation of two of Zimbabwe’s National Parks – its largest, Hwange, and one of its most neglected, the Zambezi National Park. The project supplies game water for wildlife, particularly to support Hwange’s ever-growing elephant population. It also assists National Parks rangers with park maintenance, deployment of personnel and environmental monitoring.

This is a unique opportunity to volunteer as a Field Assistant, supporting the daily operations of the project staff. You will participate in park infrastructure and development projects, wildlife monitoring, bird and animal population surveys, and ranger field support. Learn about the work being done to sustain Zimbabwe’s wildlife and natural environment, and the challenges facing conservationists working to support animals in vast National Parks.


- Help improve the education and long term opportunities for local schoolchildren - inspire them to achieve great things!
- Get involved in local projects and learn about the challenges faced by rural communities
- Learn about conservation from a range of experienced wildlife professionals
- Experience true African wilderness and live in a beautiful house in the heart of the bush
- Experience real game park life and get stuck into whatever happens that day!

Programme Aims:
Rhino poaching has been a huge problem in Zimbabwe over the past 25 years, and what was once a healthy population has been depleted to critical proportions. This Conservancy has a healthy percentage of the remaining few hundred rhino in Zimbabwe. Education and opportunity is key to poverty alleviation and the reduction of reliance on poaching. The school at this project is the only school within the 3,200 sq. km of the Conservancy and we take our educational responsibilities very seriously.

Volunteer Teaching and Literacy - Volunteers will use teaching materials endorsed by the Ministry of Education which teach children basic English vocabulary and grammar in a fun and interactive way. Volunteers will also help the children learn about conservation and the importance of the environment.

- Help deliver an English literacy programme to small groups of friendly and eager-to-learn children!
- Help with computer classes
- Conservation education lessons in the classroom and around the conservancy
- Help with gardening, sports and games

Big 5 Wildlife Conservation - A big part of this project is assisting with the day to day running of the 150,000 acre ranch You will get very involved with whatever is happening on the ranch, which might include rescuing and rehabilitating sick or injured wildlife or heading out to a wild dog siting to monitor and record the location of the pack.

- Go on foot patrols with experience scouts to check for snares
- Go rhino tracking with the Lowveld Rhino Trust scouts
- Monitoring African Wild Dog den sites
- Tracking the locations of the Wild Dog packs using telemetry
- Monitoring trail cameras and waterholes for big game - especially lions
- Learn to track and identify big game
- Road, river and fence maintenance
- Enjoy night drives where you will learn about the nocturnal animals and witness amazing night skies


No qualifications are required and full training and teaching materials will be given to all volunteers. An enthusiasm for children and wildlife and a can-do attitude is all we ask!

Cost in US$:


Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

What’s included in the cost?

- Project contribution: this goes directly to our project partner and provides funding to ensure the programme can continue to meet its goals. For this project it will cover things like staff costs, equipment purchases, maintenance of pumps, equipment and vehicles, purchase of materials for building projects etc
- Accommodation and three meals per day
- Return transfers from Victoria Falls Airport
- Comprehensive orientation and supervision
-Practical instruction on building and techniques and wildlife identification
- Equipment and materials

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Conservation
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Environment
  • Wildlife
Typical Volunteer
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes! We accept anyone as long as under 18 year olds are accompanied by an adult and over 65 year olds are accompanied with a signed doctors note.
This Program is open to

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

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Other

Participants Travel to Zimbabwe

Independently or in Groups

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