Endangered African Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife ACT (1)
To help save our planet’s endangered wildlife and wild places from extinction by running important conservation projects in Africa. We use a Fair Trade Tourism certified voluntourism model to fund our work, and have won both an African & World Responsible Tourism award.
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
field research skills
remote scenic location
undertake your own research
wildlife tracking & telemetry
Noteworthy conservation points:
contributes to environmental policy
development goals (supporting local community)
guiding conservation management
Wild Sun Rescue Center
Shared accommodation in a research camp
When does the project run?
accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi. Food, accommodation and all transport/transfers are included in the costs. Participation fees also cover all our project running costs, such as fuel for the vehicles (that track the animals – sometimes over very large distances each day to ensure the animals’ safety), as well as for vehicle maintenance (especially tyres, which suffer many punctures on rough terrain), the tracking equipment (like the radio collars and telemetry sets), as well as basic salaries for the dedicated and hardworking wildlife monitors that tirelessly track the animals every day. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. Most volunteers will share a twin room, with separate shared ablutions and a living/eating area. We have electricity, running warm water and flushing toilets. A bed, mattress, pillows and bed linens are provided. You will be responsible for helping to keep the camp clean and tidy. There is always an outside seating area where you can sit by the fire under the stars. Because we live on the reserves (and often don’t have fencing around the camps), you can expect visits from all kinds of wildlife. The Research camp facilities in which our teams reside certainly do not in any way resemble safari or tourist accommodation facilities – however, although the camps may be somewhat ‘low on glamour’, your experiences here will be unmatched in terms of your involvement with conservation work.
How long can I stay?
Our bookings run in multiples of 2 weeks, which means you can join us for 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 weeks, etc. The opportunity to work on multiple Reserves depends on the length of your stay. If you stay for only 2 weeks, you will work on 1 Reserve, but for every additional 2 weeks you stay, you'll experience another Reserve.
Anyone from the ages of 18 to 70+ is welcome to join us.
There is usually a wide mixture of ages on the projects at any given time. Wherever possible, we do try our best to place similarly-aged participants together, as we find this best facilitates group cohesion.
All training and supervision will be provided, so no prior qualifications, skills or previous experience are required.
All you need is a firm grasp of the English language, an enthusiastic attitude and open mind, and the passion to make a difference.
Details of the day-to-day life on the project:
We have award-winning, Fair Trade Tourism certified wildlife volunteering opportunities running in Zululand, South Africa. We have been recognized for our ethical approach to wildlife conservation and tourism by being awarded Second Place for a World Responsible Tourism Award in the category “Best for Wildlife”, and Second Place for an African Responsible Tourism Award in the category “Best for Habitat & Species Conservation.”
Our conservation volunteers get far more than the typical ecotourism experience, by playing an active role in genuine conservation. Activities include daily wildlife monitoring (including training in using equipment), rescuing and treating animals caught in snares, translocating animals to other reserves when necessary, ensuring stable, contained populations and genetic health, essential data collection to inform management decisions, fighting against wildlife poaching, education and awareness of conservation in Africa and providing the means to support it while getting actively involved.
Our volunteers are supporting our mission every day – by working long hours out in the field, getting their hands dirty, collecting essential data, and doing whatever is necessary to save these animals. To see endangered wildlife unharmed in their natural habitat, is to see the fruits of our labour, and is what motivates us to keep up the fight to protect them.
We believe that Wildlife ACT is a shining example of a responsible tourism operator that offers those with the right attitude, an opportunity to learn exactly what is happening on the ground in African wildlife conservation. Furthermore, it allows participants, who come to dedicate both their time and funds, to see exactly how their money is used, to learn what challenges exist, and what is needed to save endangered wildlife from extinction.
Wildlife ACT brings tourism into the real world of conservation by allowing people to engage with key initiatives driving biodiversity. We understand the importance of biodiversity and believe that exposing people and getting them actively involved, is a critical step towards ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.
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
Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
21 Mar 2020
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.
Wild Sun Rescue Center
17 Mar 2020