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African Conservation Experience - Work With the Wildlife - Become a Wildlife Volunteer in Africa with ACE
African Conservation Experience organise conservation volunteering placements and veterinary work experience opportunities for wildlife volunteers in southern Africa.
There are a range of different wildlife conservation projects where volunteers can get involved, getting first hand experience while they work with animals.
On the Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience volunteers work with a variety of species in South Africa, alongside experienced wildlife vets.
Volunteers learn in the field
Making friends with the rhinos
Volunteers assist with giraffe capture while working with the game capture team. The giraffes are darted by a qualified wildlife vet before the volunteers guide them onto a truck for translocation.
All buffalo go through a quarantine period before being sold to another reserve. ACE volunteers get to see the buffalo bulls darted, and help the vet test for Tuberculosis (TB).
Life in the field working alongside an experienced wildlife vet is both unpredictable and challenging
At Phinda volunteers assist with hormonal contraception methods on lions to help manage populations and maintain the balance
M99 is a powerful morphine derivative. Once sedated with M99, a rhino will sink to the ground, allowing the capture team to rope the animal and take blood and other samples.
By law only a registered vet can use high scheduled drugs to immobilise animals. Volunteers learn about the drugs involved, darting techniques, and will administer low schedule drugs. Here volunteers are preparing these lions to be moved.
Volunteers get hands-on with the treatment and care of sick and injured birds, mammals and reptiles and subsequent release back into the wild.
Of the four vets we work with, three of them operate 100% in the field. Volunteers often help out with the testing of disease free buffalo.
A video of volunteers participating in the Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience
Shimongwe Volunteer Ruby Shorrock records some of her memorable moments volunteering with Dr Rogers in August 2010 on Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience. See the latest news to read more about her placement and her online diary!
- bush walks
- south africa
- veterinary work
- gap year
- study trips
- game drives
- wildlife care
- wildlife rehabilitation
- volunteer diaries
- game capture
- wildlife capture
- wildlife research
- animal care
- park management