Wildlife / Primate rescue, rehabilitation and release centre

Project name:

Free to be Wild

Project purpose:

Free to be Wild is a wildlife rehabilitation centre and sanctuary in Bulawayo. We are a non-profit organisation that specialises in the rehabilitation of primates but have a vast array of previous successful releases from pangolins to serval cats.

As a non-profit organisation that relies solely on donations from the public. All animals in our care are rescues and have not been purchased from any organisation. Our goal is rehabilitaion and release back into the wild.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • Care and protection of injured / orphaned wildlife

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • Release of all rehabilitated animals that are suitable to be returned to the wild.


Volunteer Village - three adjacent rooms. 2 Single and 1 Double rooms with mosquito nets, lockup trunk (bring own locks), bedding included and a spare blanket for each bed.

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, local shops, hot shower, western toilet. Lighting is solar powered with one light inside in each room and one outside each door. No plug sockets inside the rooms. There are two bathrooms with a toilet, basin and gas geyser shower. There is a kitchen and lounge area that is fully equipped to prepare and cook all meals. Gas fridge/freezer, 4 plate glass stove and small oven. All room lights are solar powered.

How long can I stay?

Ideally a min of 2 weeks, max 3 months.


  • 18 yrs and older

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

Our pricing structure does change and become cheaper per day depending on your length of stay so please enquire further to get a accurate quote.

Reviews & ratings



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



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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