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Work with some of Africa’s greatest wildlife at our Wildlife Sanctuary and care for cheetahs, leopards, lions and Africa’s second most endangered carnivore, the African Wild Dog! Or become directly involved in research and monitoring of free-roaming carnivores at Neuras, Kanaan and Mangetti.

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Volunteering at the Wildlife Sanctuary

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and nationalities and with varied familiarity with animals and wildlife… from absolutely no experience, to those with a professional background in veterinary or conservation science. What our volunteers do have in common is a love of wildlife and a passion for aiding in the conservation and care of Africa’s diverse species.

Volunteers provide an important resource in the daily care and feeding of animals in rehabilitation or permanent captivity at the sanctuary, as well as helping to maintain and develop the sanctuary. This is an exceptional opportunity to get hands on with African wildlife and many aspects of their care. Additionally, although our focus is on animal welfare, there will also be educational and recreational activities for volunteers to take part in.

Because we release and/or relocate whenever possible, the animals at the sanctuary will vary at any given time, but may include carnivores such as wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah and caracal; primates such as baboon and vervet monkey; birds such as peacock and vulture; antelope such as oryx (gemsbok), springbok, duiker and kudu; small mammals such as meerkat, rock dassie, polecat, genet and warthog, as well as a host of other species and farm animals.

Activities at the sanctuary are carried out in a rotational group system to ensure that everybody gets exposed to the variety of experiences available. Possible tasks as a volunteer on the Sanctuary include:

  • Preparing food and feeding the wildlife and farm animals;
  • Cleaning and maintaining enclosures;
  • Providing enrichment to the animals in the form of interaction, walks in the bush or implementation of special activities for them;
  • Providing intensive care for juvenile wildlife including overnight care for some animals such as baboons;
  • Physical labour such as building new facilities;
  • Research which may include the monitoring of free-roaming carnivores in the area, analysing camera traps and GPS data;
  • Tracking & monitoring carnivores (and sometimes snakes!), horseback riding and game counts in the bush; and,
  • Assisting with the various projects that arise at the sanctuary.

Volunteering at Neuras and Kanaan

N/a’an ku sê provides volunteers with the unique opportunity to visit one or both of our carnivore research sites in Southern Namibia: Neuras Wine & Wildlife Estate and Kanaan N/a’an ku sê Desert Retreat. At both of these projects, you will have the chance to monitor large carnivores and other animals in the area, contributing to invaluable research that will help mitigate human-wildlife conflict in Africa.

Both Neuras and Kanaan run on a seven-night schedule with transportation to and from the Sanctuary on Saturdays, as well as between sites. Volunteers have the option of spending one or more week/s at both or either site as part of their trip, where they will focus on the research of free-roaming animals. Alternatively, volunteers can choose to spend all of their time at the research sites.

Daily activities usually entail hiking in the vast outdoors of this semi-desert landscape. Volunteers will get ample field experience and be involved first hand with all aspects of our research programme, which includes:

  • capture mark release
  • radio telemetry tracking (as per availability)
  • game count
  • camera trapping
  • mapping and exploring the terrain and environment
  • data processing
  • assisting with capture and releases
  • maintenance and security on the reserve
  • cheetah feed
  • night drives and sleep-outs.

Volunteering at Mangetti

Come and delve into the lives of the world’s largest land animal and one of Africa’s most endangered carnivore species using GPS and VHF monitoring technology, motion-sensitive trail cameras and traditional spoor (footprint) tracking techniques.

The programme runs for 7 nights with transportation to and from the Sanctuary on Sundays. Pre-booking is recommended due to limited availability and can be made at the time of your booking or upon arrival at the Sanctuary. Volunteers have the option of spending one or more week/s at Mangetti as part of their trip, where they will focus on the research of free-roaming animals; particularly African elephants and African wild dogs. Alternatively, volunteers can choose to spend all of their time at this research site.

The Mangetti is a high risk Malaria area from November to March and anti-malarial medication is strongly recommended (we recommend you get the medication in Namibia and take it only when leaving for Mangetti, not beforehand). Suitable insect repellents should also be brought.

Daily activities usually entail hiking in the vast outdoors of this woodland landscape. Volunteers will get ample field experience and be involved first hand with all aspects of our research programme, which includes:

  • camera trapping
  • GPS monitoring
  • VHF telemetry tracking
  • spoor (footprint) tracking
  • conflict assessment
  • community outreach.

Food and accommodation

We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; volunteer rooms can take up to three-four people (same gender) sharing each room, or large tents with a living and bedroom area to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic but our single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.

The facilities at our research sites are very similar to the ones provided at the sanctuary, with accommodation being either in guest house rooms or in large tents.

Neuras has tented accommodation available to volunteers a short walk from the Neuras Lodge. Tents are fitted with two beds and all linen is provided. The bathroom facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy.

Kanaan has both tented and room accommodation. The four standard rooms are located in the guesthouse and can accommodate two guests in each. Each room has an en suite bathroom. When rooms are not available, two-person tents are utilised with shared bathroom facilities. Both options are fitted with linen and towels provided.

Volunteers and researcher(s) are accommodated in one of the management houses in the Mangetti village. The house has electricity and running water; the hotwater is supplied through a wood-burning water boiler or “donkey” as it is commonly known.

At the Sanctuary, Neuras and Kanaan, three balanced meals are provided per day on a self-serve basis. On weekends we often have a braai (barbecue). Vegetarian options are available upon request and all dietary conditions can be accommodated for provided you inform us prior to arrival.

Meals are a simple affair in the Mangetti. Breakfast will consist of cereal, tea/coffee andtoast. Most days packed lunches (sandwich, fruit & juice) will be prepared by volunteers and staff to be eaten in the field. Everyone takes turns to cook the main evening meal and clean up afterwards. There will usually be a traditional braai one evening during the trip.

For any question related to Wildlife Conservation Volunteering, please consult the FAQ pages or email bookings@naankuse.com