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Despite its rugged exterior and powerful stature, the African black rhino is a vulnerable animal. The rhino poaching crisis, habitat loss and political conflict (to name but a few issues) have resulted in a steep decline in both white and black rhino in the wild. The black rhino is now classed as critically endangered while numbers for white rhino are plummeting, especially in South Africa, where the poaching crisis is at its peak.
If you feel strongly about helping to protect the endangered rhino, then the good news is that you’re not alone. Our rhino conservation projects are bringing enthusiastic and caring people together to help protect, nurture and rehabilitate these magnificent animals. You can volunteer at a rhino orphanage where you’ll help to bottle feed, bath and tend to injured and orphaned animals. Or you can gain veterinary experience while assisting wildlife vets with dehorning and microchipping rhino. You can even work in a wildlife reserve where you might be part of a wildlife rescue or take to the field to monitor, track and research wild rhino. It’s not only a life changing experience for yourself, but you’ll help to change the life of the rhinos you work with.
If you want to volunteer for rhino conservation and help to stop rhino poaching, protect their natural environment and save rhino, we have a number of projects that you can get involved with below.
To learn more about the critically endangered black rhino and to find out how poaching is rapidly reducing the population, why not check out our informative black rhino infographic.
PHINDA WILDLIFE RESEARCH PROJECT
As a 'Big 5' safari reserve, Phinda offers superb wildlife viewing while you conduct field research on the populations of lions, rhino and elephants, amongst a diversity other species. This project is a great opportunity to learn about wildlife research in Africa, including the scientific management of wildlife populations.
WILDLIFE CAPTURE TEAM
Joining the Wildlife Capture Team lets you participate in the exciting work of catching and relocating many wildlife species. You are likely to work with some of the following large game species; rhinos, buffalo, giraffe and large herds of antelope - this is hands-on and adrenaline fuelled work!
SHIMONGWE WILDLIFE VETERINARY EXPERIENCE
On the Wildlife Veterinary Experience you will work alongside experienced wildlife vets in South Africa, accompanying them on all wildlife cases. You’ll learn first-hand and close up about wildlife veterinary procedures, disease prevention and the role of wildlife vets in conservation.
CARE FOR WILD AFRICA
Focusing on the hand rearing, infant care and nutrition of a variety of African species. Care for Wild Africa is a specialist facility for orphaned rhino calves and you’ll be supervised by a coordinator accredited by the South African Veterinary Council.
FOCUS ON RHINO
This programme is perfect if you love rhinos and want to become more knowledgeable - maybe so that you can become an ambassador for rhino conservation worldwide! During this wildlife course you’ll study rhino in the field and help with hands-on care for orphaned rhino calves.
GAME RANGER EXPERIENCE
The Game Ranger Experience gives you a thorough introduction to the wildlife and habitats of South Africa. In this wildlife course, you’ll learn about wildlife behaviour, pick up bushcraft skills, master the art of tracking and much more - all while you explore the African bush!