HANDS ON ELEPHANT & BLACK RHINO SANCTUARY, ZIMBABWE
Live in close contact with black rhino and elephants

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Join us as volunteer on this unique Elephant and Black Rhino Conservation Project, and enjoy hands on interaction with these amazing creatures. You will live in close contact with black rhino, elephants, buffalo and all the other species of wild animal on the 10,000 acre conservancy…you will witness incredible animal relationships, hear their sounds, record vital information, and learn the appreciation of simplicity from the surrounding rural communities.

In 1975 some 10,000 black rhino roamed the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley. During the late 1980’s, at the peak of the rhino-poaching era in Southern Africa, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority decided to remove the remaining 120 black rhino out of the danger zones of the National Parks and into the intensive protection zones of private conservancies. Imire offered their expertise and was given custodianship of seven orphaned baby rhino between the ages of four and six months; three males - Noddy, Fumbi and Sprinter, and four females - Cuckoo, Mvu, D.J. and Amber.

Initially all efforts were centred around stabilizing the calves condition, introducing them to the correct milk formula, and generally adapting them to their new environment. All seven calves were hand-raised on a bottle for eight years as a semi-domesticated herd. These seven black rhino bred very successfully, with 14 births on Imire. 11 black rhino were returned back to the Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe. The Matusadona release programme was stopped due to excessive poaching and black rhino numbers have again dropped alarmingly.

At present the program has four black rhino within the game park, two male and two female and the breeding programme is continuing. The rhino are penned in a boma at night and during the day can be found in the game park browsing, enjoying the sun and sleeping!

In addition to the black rhino Imire is also home to white rhino, elephants, lions and buffalo as well as a proliferation of plains game including the rare sable antelope, blesbok, kudu, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, crocodile and hippo. As well as getting involved with the black rhino time at Imire will include working closely with the elephant herd and getting a real feel for life on an African game reserve.

Your time at this project will be divided into time spent with the wildlife, learning about and spending time with the black rhino and elephants, getting involved with the running of the game park and spending time at the local school close to the project. 

Volunteer Involvement with Black Rhino:

  • Observing and collecting data on the behaviour and social interaction of the black rhino
  • Feeding and walking with the rhino
  • Maintenance and cleaning of rhino beds

Elephant duties

  • Undertaking anti-poaching and snare patrols
  • Teaching co-operative elephant handling
  • Observing family interactions, monitoring and assessing browsing behaviour
  • Maintenance and cleaning of elephant beds
  • Work around the game park involving the elephants as required, e.g. deliveries, wood collection
  • Elephant back safaris and in summertime, swimming with the elephants in our dams!

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