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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.

If you are considering volunteering at Care for Wild, do it. Yes, it is hard work. Yes, you will be tired. Yes, you will smell of dung, teff and milk. Yes, you will get up at early hours. But trust me when I say it is all so worth it.

If there’s one thing that I hope someone gets out of this, is that if you are considering going, but you are nervous, DO IT ANYWAY! This was the best experience of my life and so eye opening! I would go again in a heartbeat. 

There is not a project with ACE that I would not recommend. There is something for everyone and they will make sure that you have the most amazing time!

The projects do require a lot of hard work, but you do gain a lot of new skills and experiences. You also meet a lot of like-minded people and make good friends (so travelling alone is fine). 

I highly recommend anyone who wants to learn about wildlife conservation while getting hands on experience to go through the ACE team.

This project is a conservation project in the Okavango area and it’s been absolutely amazing. You feel like you really contribute. To nature. To the ecological environment.

Although I was only able to spend a short time at Phinda, I am so happy that I got to be a part of the incredible efforts and learn so much about Africa and its wildlife.

We learn so much about ourselves and about the world when we travel. ACE ensured that my daughter’s first experience of travelling abroad on her own was amazing!! I have no doubt that she will treasure the memories forever and the experience will give her the confidence to try new experiences in the future.

I would advise anyone with a sense of adventure and willingness to work in a team to have a look at volunteering on any of the ACE programs.

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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