Conserve, Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release South Africa's WIldlife, Specialising in Baboons

Project name:

Conservation, Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E.)

Project purpose:

We are the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education! We are mainly a team of experienced volunteers who are passionate about caring for and conserving South Africa's wildlife specialising in baboons! ​ We were established in 1989 and have released over 12 rehabilitated troops of baboons and a myriad of other smaller wildlife species. We specialise in rehabilitation for release of our beautiful baboons and other small indigenous wildlife, on the riverside of the Olifants River in Limpopo South Africa.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

  • animal care experience

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared onsite accomodation, flushing toilets and hot showers

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, near-by medical, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi.

How long can I stay?

Minimum 2 weeks

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

C.A.R.E. greatly needs volunteers to help with the husbandry aspects of rehabilitation and care for baby baboon orphans in their first phase of rehabilitation, assist with their bonding to baboon surrogate mothers and to assist with the rehabilitation of adult baboons which have been rescued from all sorts of circumstances. We are also seeking research students and anyone with handy-man skills that can help with development of the centre.

Teachers and educators are also welcome since we have just finished building our education centre and are needing assistance to develop our outreach programs.

To be part of the animals healing; bonding with the baboons in a way that is incomprehensible to most, watching them grow in confidence, and to witness them becoming wild, sociable animals again, is an experience with unparalleled rewards; that any helper will never forget.

We need you! Whilst the main bulk of the volunteering involves cleaning enclosures of adult baboons awaiting release and caring for the orphan baby baboons, there are also other essential aspects and additional experiences to ensure C.A.R.E. is achieving its broader goals of helping the communities and environment on a greater scale too. Here are some of the activities you may be involved in, depending on how many volunteers there are available at the centre and which staff are available. The volunteers are always assigned to the raising of the orphans, and if we have enough hands we enjoy getting our other projects off the ground too.

Cleaning enclosures
Helping to supervise Orphan Baby Baboon and caring for them in their first phase of rehabilitation (if orphans are present during your stay)
Enrichment Programme
Husbandry of adult baboons undergoing rehabilitation 
Veterinary Experience
Behavioural Observations
Data collection
Enclosure Maintenance & Design
Collecting natural vegetation for feeding
Collecting natural items for enrichment and feeding
Husbandry for the smaller animals including adorable rescued guinea pigs, dogs, cats
Cleaning and organising all areas of the centre
Alien and Invasive Plant Removal
Community Outreach and Education
Opportunities to go on excursions; e.g. the Kruger National Park next door, the Panorama Route (Blyde Canyon, waterfalls etc.), horse riding safaris, nearby attractions and other rehabilitation centres.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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