"The trip was absolutely fantastic! I am still in awe of the animals we saw and experiences we took part in.” Jasmine
Designed for students, vet nurses / techs or anyone with a keen interest in African wildlife, this special Wildlife Rehabilitation Experience is the ideal program for those interested in pursuing a career in veterinary wildlife or zoology fields.
Participants will gain first-hand experience of wildlife husbandry in sessions led by the most experienced members of the sanctuary team. You’ll gain an understanding of species-specific behaviours and learn about the role of the sanctuary in rescue, rehabilitation and release through a busy itinerary packed with theory and practical sessions. Furthermore, this group will get a front-row seat for any unexpected veterinary activities going on during their visit, including call-outs and rescues.
Offered twice each year, in February and September, the program is capped at 10 participants per intake. The 2 week Wildlife Rehab Experience can easily be combined with a week or more of general wildlife volunteering at the sanctuary and/or time spent at one of the remote wildlife research projects studying carnivores, elephant or wild dog populations.
Activities and lectures included in the Rehab Experience are:
- Introduction to animal husbandry
- Nutritional components and importance
- Small mammal feeding
- Small mammal anatomy and species specific information
- Stages of rehabilitation and what it involves
- Ethics and welfare
- Ethical debate practical
- Visual animal assessments (BCS)
- Carnivore feeding and species specific information
- Post-release monitoring
- VHF reserve tracking
- Kill-site investigation (only if collar cluster points dictate)
- Baboon walk and primate specific information
- Conservation laws