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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.

When I found ACE they were extremely supportive. They gave me a lot of information on the projects so I could choose a project that fit my own interests.

ACE guided me every step of the way. It’s not common for an organisation that arranges international experiences to be so involved with the person.

Every step of the way ACE was there for me, from the first phone call to arriving back in the UK after I finished my experience.

I spent 2.5 months across 4 different projects, each of which were so incredible and different from one another. It is insurmountable how much I had learnt about the culture, language, politics, myself and of course, wildlife.

I’ve been to a lot of countries and photographed a lot of creatures in the oceans and on the land.  But, I’ve never been “in the field” and experienced “hands on” action like this.

This experience has made me realise I really want to get more into conservation work... I didn’t fully understand and realise there were so many more opportunities out there.

ACE made traveling during the covid pandemic completely stress-free and puts the volunteers above anything else.

I also cannot recommend ACE as a company highly enough, they have helped me with so many situations when I was there the most recent time with all the hecticness of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have to say that my trip to Care for Wild was just a completely next level experience.

What Makes Us Different?

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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