Conservation of Wildlife – Tatenda

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Rhino’s and elephants are at the top of the news reel almost every day. Unfortunately, it is normally to do with the poaching of these beautiful animals. Here at this project you can make a different in the fight to save these two species, in addition to other animals. At this rhino breeding project you will have first-hand experience at a wildlife breeding facility that has had many successful stories with reintroducing rhino to wildlife areas. Also get involved with the rescued elephants that are used to do anti-poaching patrols.

Volunteer with Wildlife Conservation

Your Role as a Volunteer

The conservancy began in 1972 by a passionate and dedicated conservationist, who together with his wife began the rhino breeding programme. In the 1980’s poaching of rhinos became so severe that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife removed the remaining rhino’s in Zimbabwe and placed them into Intensive Protection Zones within private conservancies, in hopes of saving the dwindling species. As a result of this, seven rhino calves were handed over to the conservancy, which then decided to start a rhino breeding project with which to restock the national parks around the country. The original seven bred very well and produced 14 calves, 11 of which were reintroduced to a local national park. However, in 2007 tragedy stuck the project and four rhinos, including an unborn calf, were killed by poachers.

Today this rhino breeding and conservation organisation has 7 black rhino and 3 white rhino and are positive about their efforts to get back to where they were before the poaching incident. They also have a small herd of elephant, lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and crocodile, as well as a variety of antelope. Due to the poaching catastrophe that has hit Africa in the last number of years, these animals are accompanied by armed guards both day and night to make sure of their safety. During the day, while accompanying the elephants out to feed the guards perform anti-poaching patrols.

This project offers volunteers a unique experience to live amongst wildlife and share in the daily experiences of a conservation project. You will get to know the animals individually yet still know that you are taking part in prolonging the existence of their species. Additionally, as a volunteer you will help collect important data to be used in research projects by wildlife conservationists and biologists.

Daily Activities

  • Observing the behaviour and social interactions of the black rhino
  • Feeding and walking rhino with their guards
  • Teaching co-operative elephant handling
  • Animal and plant monitoring
  • Night drives and camping in the bush. Bush patrols on foot, in a vehicle or on horse-back
  • De-snaring and anti-poaching patrols
  • Daily feeding of nutritional supplements to animals: lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant
  • Tree planting and bush clearing – removal of alien species. Maintenance of the game fence
  • General teaching assistance at the local school including conservation education plus lessons in permaculture and sports

If you would like to come for a longer period time and volunteer and want to focus on a particular activity, it can also generally be arranged. If you are studying biology, zoology, ecology or towards a conservation degree this project is ideal for you to expand on your knowledge and experience in the field, as well as give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge.

The Project’s Mission

This project aims to protect and conserve wildlife and restore rhino species to their previous habitats in Zimbabwe. Together with their work in the community this conservation organisation strives to teach the local people about the importance of conservation and protection of their wildlife.

Your will be comfortably accommodated while volunteering. Your group size will be a maximum of 12 volunteers. Rooms are shared and the furnishings are comfortable single beds with bedding provided (duvets, pillows and extra blankets for winter!). Showers and toilet facilities are shared, and hot water is supplied. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.

Meals:

Three home cooked meals are provided daily on a self-serve basis. Vegetarian and limited vegan options are available upon request. Should you have any dietary requirements or food allergies it is important that you let us know before you arrive. Please note we are unable to cater for very specific dietary needs (for example gluten, dairy or wheat intolerance) so should you need them you will be required to bring any specialist foods along with you. If you bring these foods, our chefs will be able to prepare these for you alongside other volunteer’s standard meals.

Your water is pumped from a borehole and is safe and clean for drinking.

Housekeeping:

Your rooms and the house will be cleaned every day and the housekeeping staff will also do your laundry when required. An outhouse laundry is available for washing smalls or should you wish to do an extra load of your own.

Electricity:

Bear in mind electricity can be intermittent in Africa, especially during our rainy season. For backup, we are prepared with basic solar powered lighting or a generator which will run for a short time in the morning and evening – so this is the best time to ensure all your charging is complete!

Safe and Valuables:

The volunteer coordinators have access to a safe for securely locking away any cash or valuables you may have brought with you.

How to book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.

Your Everyday

Arrival

On arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe, you will be met by a representative from the project. We ask that all volunteers arrive before 1pm. You will be met at Café Espresso in the departures area at Harare International Airport. If you are unable to arrive by 1pm the day you are due to start your project, we suggest you arrive the day prior and stay at a lodge in Harare. You will then be required to make your way back to the airport by 1pm on the Monday.\Please make sure that you inform us of your travel plans before you leave home.

Transport

The project is located on a remote game park and therefore traveling around the area will be difficult. Transport is included for all your volunteering activities. Further travel inside of Zimbabwe can be achieved using inter-city buses and pre-arranged transfers. Staff at the project will help you with this.

Accommodation and food

Your will be comfortably accommodated while volunteering. Your group size will be a maximum of 12 volunteers. Rooms are shared and the furnishings are comfortable single beds with bedding provided (duvets, pillows and extra blankets for winter!). Showers and toilet facilities are shared, and hot water is supplied. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.

Leisure Time

During your volunteering time at the conservancy you will have one and a half days off a week to relax or take part in one of the many activities available at the project. Volunteers can go  fish, canoe, Of course volunteers are also able to relax around the accommodation and enjoy the African sun.

Trips to Harare can also be arranged for souvenir and gift shopping. Of course Zimbabwe is also home to the famous Victoria Falls.We ask that all volunteers book their trip to The Falls before arriving. This is usually suggested as a weekend trip, before, during or after your stay.

About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe means “house of stone” in the indigenous Shona language from the first ancient civilization that arose from what is now known as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Zimbabwe’s vastness encompasses diverse tourist attractions from Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba to the Eastern Highlands. Zimbabweans are known for being friendly and hardworking despite the many years of hardship under Robert Mugabe’s rule.

Practical

Security and Safety

The vast majority of visitors to Zimbabwe suffer no problems but if you have any specific questions we advise you to ask our reservations team when you book. The project itself is a family run organisation and provides a very close, comfortable and secure environment.

Flights

On arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe, the project will meet you at Harare International Airport. Be sure to check that the arrival and return date of the ticket is consistent with project start and en. You fly to Harare and you will arrive on the same Monday as the project starts. A transfer will depart at 3 pm and if you arrive after the transfer, you will have to pay your own transfer (USD 100). Note that you should inform us about your travel plans before you leave. For your return, a transfer from the project to the airport is at 8 am on Mondays when your project is over, so be sure to book your flight so that you are in good time at the airport based on the transfer.

Visa Requirements

It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.

Insurance

It is your own responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property

Vaccinations

Remember to get vaccinated with all the necessary inoculations before this project. Check with a vaccination centre or your doctor for which vaccinations you need. We recommend that you have a full protection against Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and polio. There is malaria in the area that you are traveling to. Please contact your doctor to find out what kind of prophylaxis you should be taking. Please be sure to also have your tetanus and rabies shot up to date as well.

Additionally, Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world. We strongly advise against promiscuity while you are traveling anywhere in Africa.

 

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