Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care Experience

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Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care Experience

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care Experience – make the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary your classroom and learn about wildlife – hands-on.

This experience is offered twice a year, in February and September/October.  It runs for 10 days, Monday through Friday with a weekend off in between.

You can also combine your stay with wildlife or research volunteering at our sanctuary or research sites. If taking this opportunity, we recommend that you extend your stay after the experience.


Entry requirements

This experience is open to anyone with a keen interest in wildlife.

What is covered


You will be provided with in-depth information about the various species of wildlife in Namibia, diseases and parasites affecting them, enrichment, conflict management and feeding ecology. Participants will learn the ins and outs of species-specific behaviour, and gain in-depth understanding of a wide variety of topics, from African wild dog pack mentality to captive cheetah behaviour.

The theory component of the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care Experience is integral to understanding the basis of animal activity and behaviour. These sessions will also include discussions about human-wildlife conflict and the impact of conservation organisations in Namibia. Participants will learn about the role of the Naankuse Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as the circumstances of the animals that come into our care – from the day of arrival until their ultimate release. Participants will have the rare opportunity to gain intimate understanding of “how it is in reality” versus “how we wish it could be.” During the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Captive Care Experience, our veteran wildlife coordinators, along with Marlice van Vuuren, will share their own experiences and relay their detailed knowledge of animals in captivity and in the wild.


Practical sessions will cover health, condition, behaviour, social structure, feeding habits, and gender differences, using our on-site animals as a visual aid. To gain a better understanding of their behaviour, participants will have the opportunity to visit our big cats and African wild dogs, to walk with baboons in the bush veldt and to observe other conservation ambassadors – namely those animals representing their wild counterparts. Witnessing lions interacting over food, or the way baboons build a complex social hierarchy, will better enable participants to draw conclusions about the various species and learn what contributing factors stand in the way of successful rehabilitation.


Maximum group size

10 students

Arrival/departure day

Plan your arrival for the Sunday prior to the start date and your departure for the Saturday or Sunday at the end of the experience. See available dates below.

Accommodation, food and other facilities:

Twin or triple share tents, twin to triple share rooms (same gender sharing, or couples/families)
3 meals provided per day, most dietary requirements can be catered for
Laundry service
Bar/shop for drinks, snacks, Namibian sim card/credit, ATM, WiFi coupons for sale, cellphone (mobile) reception