Rhino and elephant professional veterinary conservation

Project name:

EcoLife Expeditions (1)

Project purpose:

Rhino and elephant professional veterinary conservation

Project activities:

  • teaching

  • data collection/analysis

  • animal rehabilitation

  • animal interaction

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Wild Sun Rescue Center


More information needed!

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, transport around the project, park permits and entry fees

How long can I stay?


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

The focus areas of this 15 day course are: Rhino and elephant management, Wildlife genetics and health, Disease control, Livestock and wildlife, Game capture essentials and Embryo transplant in wildlife. This program 1015-22747 is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) to offer a total of 31.00 CE Credits (31.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 31.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (31.00 max).


Course content

  • Rhinoceros and wildlife management/conservation and the role of veterinary science

  • Elephant management and the role of the veterinarian in population control

  • Priorities in and the handling of clinical wildlife veterinary cases

  • Maintaining wildlife genetics integrity and the functioning of the wildlife veterinary genetics laboratory

  • Managing the wildlife and particularly the overpopulation of elephant in Kruger National Park

  • Managing the vegetation ecology to the benefit of wildlife health in the Kruger National Park

  • The scope of running wildlife veterinary services in Kruger

  • The red line and enzootic area management

  • Diseases share by livestock and wildlife and zoonosis in the region

  • Applied wildlife parasitology

  • Wildlife post mortem and necropsy procedures

  • The pharmacological working of various capture drugs for wildlife

  • Different dartguns for different applications and applicable darts and propelling methods

  • Talks, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on participation in actual game capture operations for purposes of relocation, tagging, diagnostics, vaccination and disease or injury treatment

  • Wildlife conservation value of successful in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfers

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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