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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.

I had a very enjoyable three weeks in Botswana on an African Conservation Experience volunteer holiday. We were based in a campsite about 2 hours bumpy ride from Maun on the southeast edge of the Okavango Delta area. The facilities were much better than I was expecting - I had my own tent and there was a metal bed frame so I wasn't sleeping on the ground, there was a plumbed-in toilet, sink and bucket shower.

As someone who is well-travelled and particularly well-versed in adventure/adrenaline-fuelled activities I found the whole experience truly rewarding, especially as it gave me a chance to give something useful back. My daughter, Sarah, had spent an equally rewarding 3 weeks at Phinda 9 years ago and it was on her recommendation that I ‘followed in her footsteps’ - I’m extremely glad that I did!

This project showed me how to use telemetry equipment to monitor the collared animals, setting up camera traps, dehorning and notching rhinos, recording GPS coordinates electronically and taking photos for I.D kits. This project is perfect if you wish to go into a research and monitoring career.

Would I say that the experience changed my life? Absolutely. You learn life skills and gain confidence you never thought you could in these experiences, and that is something I, personally, cannot thank the ACE team and the team I worked with in Phinda enough for.

I feel very privileged that I had the opportunity to be part of such a great project and contribute to wildlife conservation in Namibia.

It’s actually nature – everywhere. In Botswana, everything is so wild and pure, and you never know when the animals will appear from the thick bush.

For me, it was the ‘team effort’ that really cemented the experience and made it so much more than a just a safari. I felt, I was contributing in some small way, to the work that is being done at Phinda; I had a sense of ‘belonging’, even if it was for only 3 weeks.

I have travelled with ACE 4 times now and each time it just gets better and better. The hands-on experience on the Shimongwe veterinary project is unparalleled and I am already planning my next trip.

Small antelope being fed in Africa

I will never EVER forget the rhinos. The sounds they make, the look in their eyes, the way their skin feels, the way the babies sleep next to each other, the way they walk over to you for their milk. I’ll never forget the people I met there either.

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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