Training working dogs for the protection of wildlife

Project name:

K9 Conservation Adventures

Project purpose:

Experience the opportunity to train the next generation of Anti Poaching dogs and follow their lives once deployed knowing that you made a real difference. The program requires one to have a keen interest in conservation related issues such as illegal poaching its methodologies and how to counteract the threat. Duties also extend to reserve management etc

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • habitat restoration/management
  • dog handling, conservation and reserve work (snare sweeps etc)

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • remote scenic location
  • dog training skills and really making a difference to the future protection of our wildlife

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • actively contributes to the fight against wildlife crime


Sharing thatched chalets. Max 3 per room

When does the project run?

All Year


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower

How long can I stay?

1 month to 6 months


  • Reasonable level of fitness

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

Our aim is to offer the volunteers a real, authentic, up and close working adventure within the African bush. Second to none this program is balanced and offers a hands-on conservation experience giving the clients a true understanding of conservation in action. Including but not limited to - bush knowledge, K9 handling skills, reserve maintenance plus informal lessons conducted in the bush on African wildlife and working with K9’s.

Benefits the volunteers will offer K9 conservation is the much needed help on the community reserve which is aiming at increasing animal populations through the fixing of fences and roads, snare sweeps, the eradication of alien plant invasive etc plus one on one handling and care of dogs training for deployment in the protection of wildlife.

K9 Conservation will offer the volunteers basic K9 handling skills training, an understanding of conservation management, bush skills and knowledge all conducted by professional experienced field guides and trainers. Accommodation is shared and comfortable with 3 meals offered daily.
Weekend excursions will be planned in advanced for the adventurous and will be at own cost p/person payable to operator or in advance from co-ordinator.

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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