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The sanctuary is based near Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains the world’s oldest and most diverse sequence of known volcanic and sedimentary rocks. This validates the area as having outstanding universal value for all humanity. The Rhino Sanctuary is also home to many animal and plant species. Volunteers will be learning about wildlife care from leading conservationists.
Once rhinos were being hunted at a large scale in South Africa to meet the demand for fake medicines made from rhino horn. This illegal trade brought the White Rhino to ‘Near Threatened’ and the Black Rhino to ‘Critically Endangered’.
Most of these poaching events left behind defenceless orphaned calves. As the effects of the mounting poaching crisis became clear, also did the need for a specialised care facility that could support the efforts to save this iconic species from extinction. Founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt, the Rhino Sanctuary holds an official MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with South African National Parks in our joint effort to safeguard the future of the species and South Africa’s heritage.
We offer volunteers an experience that few people will ever have; the opportunity to get involved in the fight against rhino poaching and help save this beautiful species from extinction. You will learn the ropes of wildlife rehabilitation by experiencing practical, hands-on work, under the supervision of highly trained and knowledgeable Wildlife Professionals. Volunteers do not need any previous experience, but they need a good level of physical fitness and a ‘willing and able’ attitude. Please note that Care for Wild is a rehabilitation centre; it is of utmost importance that visitors understand that the animals’ health and safety come first.
Volunteer activities include the following (subject to change):
Morning activities include:
Afternoon activities include:
Evening activities include:
Internet: Wi-Fi is available, yet not very strong, as the location is in the middle of the bush. Wi-Fi is charged at R100 per 500mb
Laundry:Laundry is available for no extra fee.
Accommodations: Wooden cabin, with a minimum of 2 single beds, on-suite bathroom. Glamping experience and private rooms are available for an extra fee.
Food: Three cooked meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). There is an extra fee for special dietary requirements or food intolerance.