Can you imagine assisting a vet to save a cheetah's life, or bottle feeding orphaned baby monkeys? If so then this project is totally for you! We have just launched our new sanctuary project in Malawi, a green oasis located in the heart of Lilongwe. One of Africa’s last truly urban wildernesses! As a volunteer... you will be working alongside our animal carers and help with all aspects of animal care. Learning about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. You will be given the opportunity to shadow our wildlife vet with health checks, operations, darting animals and treating injuries. Have fun with the rescued orphans providing surrogacy work, bottle feeding, playing and providing all aspects of care until they enter the next phase of our rehabilitation programme. You can get creative with our ongoing Enrichment programme constructing ‘toys’ to keep our animals happy, healthy and entertained. Enjoy a night safari to see the nocturnal animals at the centre come to life. Search for elusive porcupines and bushbabies. You will be involved with maintaining and improving our Wilderness Reserve, which offers fantastic biodiversity with animals such as hyena, crocodiles, numerous insect and bird species, along with amazing examples of hardwood trees and even rare orchids. Enjoy riverside picnics, bird watching, partaking in our ongoing mammal censuses or helping to improve education signs. You can also get involved with our extensive community projects, helping local communities to support and benefit from conservation in a sustainable manner. Specific work will be very much dependent on what projects are going on at the time. Here’s a flavour of some of the roles you could take on:
- Assistant animal carer: Work alongside our local Malawian animal carers to offer our animals the best possible care that they deserve...cleaning, feeding, hand rearing baby orphans and providing enrichment to those that need it. Please note that we take animal welfare very seriously as therefore we have a strict no-contact policy with the animals. The only exception to this is if you are hand rearing an orphan or working with the vet.
- Vet assistant: Work alongside our part time vet and help conduct full health checks on all new arrivals and regular vaccinations and check-ups on all the animals at the Centre.
- Rehabilitation and release assistant: Work alongside our dedicated animal care manager to rehabilitate rescued animals and settle them into new groups. If you are lucky you may be at the centre when we are performing a release. If so there might be the chance to help release back to the wild, whether that is in the Centre’s 60 hectare Wilderness Reserve or out at one of the Centre’s release sites around the country.
- Centre support: Helping with construction and maintenance or getting involved with fundraising events at the Centre.
- Education: Giving guided tours, working on new signage or helping out at the Wild Kidz Summer Camps and at local orphanages.
- Community outreach: Working with the community outreach manager, perhaps you could coach some of the youth wildlife football teams, work with the dance troops, teach at one of the local orphanages or help reforest local riverside locations.
- Conservation and Ecology: If you’re interested in conservation management or ecological research, we have several ongoing ecological surveys and mammal censuses and important habitat management work to implement.
- Marketing and Events: Anyone with experience in website design, pr, events, photography or documentary making would be more than welcome.
Lilongwe is a fantastic base for exploring Malawi and many top visitor destinations can be reached on a weekend break, such as the stunning ‘Lake of Stars’ just an hour away. You also have the added option of going on a big game safari at South Luangwa, Zambia, one of the world’s top safari destinations. We have a very special deal with an excellent local operator. Interested in this Wildlife & Monkey Sanctuary Project? Contact Kylie our destination manager directly at firstname.lastname@example.org