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Game Capture and Relocation Experience

Experience the action-packed world of wildlife capture and relocation.

A world full of wild animals, vast landscapes and dramatic pursuits. As a volunteer on our Wildlife Capture Experience, you’ll experience all three of these breathtaking ingredients as you help a skilled team capture and relocate animals in the wild.  

South Africa is considered to be the world leader in wildlife capture and translocation. There’s no getting away from the fact this is challenging work that will test your strength and stamina to the limit. You’ll often find yourself travelling large distances, staying in bush camps and lodges, then helping to capture animals that are faster and more powerful than you are.

In other words, if you’re looking for an adventure with some real action, wildlife conservation doesn’t get much more dramatic than this.

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Category

Wildlife Research and Management

Species

Giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest, rhino and many others

Impact

Wildlife management

Country

  South Africa

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Highlights

For the adventurous traveller only

This experience is ideal if you’re looking for a new challenge or want to experience wildlife conservation from a different angle.

Learn from the best

The Wildlife Capture Team are world-class experts in the capture and relocation of wildlife. As part of the team, you’ll pick up unique skills and gain insights into the behaviour of wild animals.

Help wildlife conservation in Africa

Capturing and relocating animals is a vital part of both population and habitat management. As a volunteer, you’ll help the team support many different conservation projects and make a lasting difference to Africa’s wildlife.

DO

As a volunteer with the Wildlife Capture Team your role will be very hands-on. Depending on the animals being captured and relocated, you’ll get involved in the following activities:

Practical conservation work

Make sure you arrive ready to get your hands dirty, as you’ll be helping the team with every aspect of wildlife capture and relocation.

  • Help set up capture ‘bomas’, the canvas enclosures used in the field to catch large herds of animals such as antelope and zebra
  • Work with the team on all aspects of capture operations and relocating animals
  • Assist with the darting and sedation of larger animals such as buffalo and rhino
  • Help to set up camps in the bush during extended capture operations

Rehabilitation, care and husbandry

Sometimes animals are taken into quarantine, either to prevent a disease outbreak or to protect the animal itself from attack. Quarantines can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

  • Help with the husbandry, feeding and daily care of the quarantined wildlife
  • Assist with disease testing and treatment
  • Support the team with reintroducing quarantined animals back into the wild

LEARN

As well as gaining hands-on experience (which you can read about under the ‘do’ tab), you’ll also learn about the conservation, biology and behaviour of Africa’s wildlife.

Conservation

  • The importance of wildlife management in South Africa
  • Threats to animals such as human-wildlife conflict and rhino poaching

Biology

  • The effects of sedative drugs on different wildlife species

Behaviour

  • How animals react to the stress of being captured
COSTS

Our costs include:

Accommodation

Airport Meet & Greet

Transfers

24/7 Support

Personal Guidance

Meals

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TOTAL COST: £0000

Looking for something bespoke?

You can volunteer at more than one project during your time in Africa. Please contact us for a bespoke quote including travel arrangements between locations.

Payment

Costs are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.

Profile Picture: Nadia Leibowitz

This experience was life-changing and may have changed the course of what I want to do. I definitely want to return to Africa and work with rhinos again! 

Karl Johan Nils Friberg, Profile Picture

Even with the differences between them, I very much enjoyed each project. Given the chance, I would love to return to all of them.

Katherine Prindle Profile, African Conservation Experience

The level of support I received from ACE was great. I went to four different projects and I was completely looked after. The whole ACE team is always there for you!

Lara and Dione: Pangolin at night

Right at the beginning, there was someone waiting for us at the airport, which was really nice. All of the flights were organised, everything was really good with the transfers - we knew where and when we were going to get picked up. All easy, very easy, no stress at all!

Vikela Kruger, Emily and Liam, Testimonial

Our interest for the smaller things in the world grew. We weren't just interested in the big elephants but also the insects living in their footprints.

Floris Behnke, Review

I’ve seen so much, but I think the first moment of seeing that hyena on our second night, while eating in the camp, with it only being a few metres away from my tent, was really special. That’s as wild as it gets!

I was incredibly grateful they provided me with all of the details of a project that really met my needs and what I was looking for.

Charlie Krekels, Review Photo, African Conservation Experience

Every experience is a unique one. You’re not going to get the same one as a person who will go three weeks before you, nor two weeks after you. Your experience is very much unique and just… go for it!

we came across ACE and the Vikela Kruger project and knew it would be the perfect opportunity to get our hands dirty while connecting with nature

What Makes Us Different?

ACE have been operating as a conservation travel company since 1999

Southern Africa's original conservation travel company

We are qualified zoologists and conservationists

Personal guidance before you book

Join real wildlife conservation projects

Enjoy total peace of mind, with 24/7 in-country support

Empower vital conservation initiatives

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