Elephant Orphanage and Community Outreach
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a wildlife conservation NGO based in Zambia offering three volunteer placements in two of GRI’s branches, Community Outreach and Wildlife Rescue (focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of orphaned elephants). Volunteers form an invaluable part of the day-to-day work of GRI while living in our bush camps alongside the GRI staff, enjoying cooking by the camp fire and surrounded by wildlife! There is no experience necessary to be a volunteer other than a keen interest in wildlife conservation. Volunteer supervisors are based at both locations, that will provide training and assistance at camp. Volunteers placements are based out of one of two facilities either the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, just on the outskirts of Lusaka and where the elephant orphans are first brought or the Kafue Release Facility based in Kafue National Park, where the orphaned elephants are translocated to begin the next stage of their rehabilitation process.
There are 2 Research Volunteer placements per month based at the Kafue Release Facility. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects focused on the wildlife and elephants present in Kafue National Park, giving them the opportunity to learn and practice valuable in-field research skills. Volunteers assist in the Behavioural Observations Study observing the elephant orphans’ behaviour, herd structure, health, and interactions. Volunteers will also conduct wild elephant surveys using camera traps and transect surveys to generate an ID database of wild elephant herds. Additionally, volunteers will be involved in human elephant conflict mitigation where they may conduct surveys with local community members to understand their views and difficulties with elephants and assist in implementing mitigation techniques.
Media & Marketing Volunteers
There is 1 Media and Marketing Volunteer per month based at the Kafue Release Facility. Volunteers assist in photographing, videoing, and gathering stories about the orphaned elephants. Volunteers are also responsible for creating social media updates, blog post, and website updates. Additionally, volunteers assist with ‘behind-the-scenes’ diaries, adoption reports on the individual elephants, and cover special events within Game Rangers International. Media and Marketing volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the Research volunteers to gain a better understanding of the research and conservation projects being conducted at the release facility.
Elephant Orphanage and Community Outreach Volunteers
There are 2 Elephant Orphanage and Community Outreach Volunteers per month at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Volunteers will work with the keepers and assist in general elephant husbandry including milk preparation, browse collection, and boma upkeep. Volunteers will also assist in conducting the Behavioral Observations Study on the elephant orphans at the nursery. Additionally, volunteers will work in local schools and engage in teaching GRI’s conservation curriculum lessons through diverse activities. Volunteers will also assist in conducting biodiversity surveys to gain a better understanding of the species presence and abundance within the area.
Game Rangers International
Elephant Orphanage and Community Outreach
Lusaka and Kafue National Park, Zambia
Seasonal, Dry Season April through November
Who can volunteer?
Adults of both sexes 18+
3 weeks within specific dates each month
Cost for one-month placement on the program is a minimum donation of $2,500. Your donation will be used to cover all your in-country expenses as outlined below with the remaining going to support conservation work in Zambia through GRI projects. What is included with the price: all project-related road transport costs; pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of the placement; transport to project related events; transport to a near-by lodge on rest days; accommodation of the volunteer during the period of the project (volunteers stay in the tented camps along with the rest of GRI staff). Local staff whom prepare volunteer accommodations, maintain the grounds, and ensure the property is safe and secure); three meals a day (the volunteers will help prepare the meals); national park entry fees; the documentation required to apply for a business visa; experienced staff support, training and supervision; two working t-shirts per volunteers; project related materials.
How to apply
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a questionnaire or go to our website to download the questionnaire!
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