zimbabwe wildlife conservation programme

The veterinary and animal conservation programme is uniquely designed and geared towards veterinary, pre-vet, vet tech and broader animal science students that are interested in broader wildlife medicine and conservation.
If you are keen on developing your clinical skills, including animal intake, examination, compiling medical records, diagnoses, interpreting test results, then selecting and administering treatment, this programme is definitely for you.
The programme is open to veterinary, pre-vet, and vet tech students either travelling as individuals or as part of a faculty-led class. Students will work alongside professional vets and vet nurses at various centres around the country: including animal rehabilitation sanctuaries, private veterinary practice, and game parks. It is the perfect internship if you’re looking for practical experience in the field of veterinary science, including hands-on wildlife and animal health care, assisting with surgical procedures, and supporting outreach clinics in local communities. You can interact with local villages and communities by helping educate them on animal-human co-existence. You can also rescue and transfer injured, abused or orphaned animals from around the surrounding areas as well as help with ambulatory vet work on local farms.
Some of the topics covered during the internship that carry transferable credit include: animal behaviour and reproduction, practical wildlife learning (animal, bird monitoring and surveys), environmental audits, bush and wildlife theory (ecology, outdoorsmanship), small animal care (prepare food and bottle feed orphans, clean enclosures, clean wounds), habitat enrichment (construction of activity centres for primates, and making toys to stimulate foraging). Vet, pre-vet, and vet tech students can expect to work with a diverse range of animals, both indigenous and exotic to Zimbabwe, including: big cats (lions), hyenas, buffalos, giraffes, donkeys, owls, endangered species like the African wild dog as well as reptiles.

sample itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Zimbabwe
Day 12-14: Kariba
  • Bush & animal behaviour training
  • Human-animal relations
  • Anti-poaching and game tracking/monitoring
  • Eco-schools programme
Day 2-6: Harare
  • In-country orientation
  • Zimbabwe: a country of many contrasts
  • Local area tour
  • Health and safety workshop (bush survival guide)
  • Culture shock seminar
  • Animal rescue and veterinary service learning
  • Welcome dinner
Day 21: Departure
PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
  • Join a multi-destination tour – see the country while learning about its rich biodiversity
  • Gain hands-on experience at a 24-hour vet clinic
  • Learn on the go with the mobile vet clinic and conduct community outreach work
  • Participate in hands-on learning experiences by helping treat injured wildlife
  • Interact with locals, and share ideas on veterinary issues, and how to solve existing challenges
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife within their natural habitats
  • Earn academic credit while enjoying an adventure of a lifetime

The above is a provisional 2-week itinerary. Tiritose will customise your schedule to match your individual or collective interests if travelling as a group. We are flexible in how we put together internships and we will work with you to come up with an itinerary that works for you.  Please download the needs analysis document, complete it, and send it back to us. One of our worker bees will respond with a draft itinerary for your review. Don’t worry if you cannot find an ideal placement site right away, the list below is only meant to highlight the diversity of our programme placement sites, and not by any means an exhaustive list.

PROGRAMME PLACEMENT SITES DESCRIPTION

Established in 1911, this is the oldest organisation that specialises in animal welfare in the country. They treat and board sick animals, and they also board animals that are awaiting re-homing. Keeping animals as pets is not inherently something that the majority of Zimbabweans are familiar with. In many households, dogs are kept outside for protection but nothing more. Cats are less accepted and some people even have superstitious beliefs about them. It’s therefore common for cats and dogs to live as strays in most urban areas.
SPCA has a mobile clinic that goes into areas where animal owners cannot afford vet expenses or transport to go the SPCA clinic. They offer services such as vaccinations, deworming, removing fleas, ticks, and sick animals are taken back to the vet to be treated, often free of charge. As an intern visiting Zimbabwe, you will have your hands full with caring for animals, meeting other animal lovers, and going into Zimbabwean communities to understand the culture and support education initiatives.

Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare.

As its name suggests, this service offers round-the-clock clinic and surgical services to animals in Harare. It is a great place for pre-vet, vet, and vet-tech students to complete the service learning component of their educational tour or internship hours. In addition to participating at the clinic, there are plenty of opportunities to take part in outreach work alongside professional local vets. From time to time, these vets participate in Rhino dehorning exercises, spay campaigns as well as community vet clinics for dogs and cats.

Accommodation: Bronte Garden Hotel: shared rooms, with twin beds and ensuite bathrooms in downtown Harare.

Founded as a resting house for the colonial settlers who used to travel between Harare and Mutare, and then moved 6 kilometres north to be aligned with the Harare-Beira railway line. The town is one of the largest centres of Zimbabwe’s forestry, farming projects, and houses the Kushinga Phikelela agricultural and commercial college as well as a government research station: Grasslands Research Station. Marondera is also home to one of the most successful Rhino breeding programmes in the world – a programme responsible for ensuring one of the big five animals does not become extinct.

Accommodation: Sable Lodge: a combination of twin, double, and family rooms – all with options to add extra beds.

A resort town, built on steep hills, 370 kilometres above a lake. Home to the Legend of the Nyaminyami ‘The River God’, which locals believe to have lived in the depths of the lake, and was separated from the female Nyaminyami when the bridge was constructed in order to facilitate for the hydro-electric power plant that remains today. Approximately fifty thousand people were displaced on both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides in order to make way for the construction of the project. Paradoxically, the construction of the power station is said to be the World Bank’s most successful project in the world. There are several islands and wildlife parks surrounding Kariba, including the Chewore Safari Area where Dinosaur footprints were found and are reserved to this day.

Accommodation: Safari tented rooms on the shores of Zambezi River

GALLERY

they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!

Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.

JESSICA HIPPOLYTE

It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas

GAVIN LAU

"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"

KATIE HEYWOOD

"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"

AMANDA J THOMAS

"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"

YUSUF IYA

DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED!

    • Animal rescue expeditions
    • Wildlife population control  programmes, including sterilisation of domestic animals such as dogs
    • Anti-poaching activities
    • Ongoing wildlife research, including animal game counts, data collection and reporting
    • Animal clinics, immunisation of domestic animals from the surrounding communities
    • Wildlife conservation and environmental outreach work within local communities and schools
    • Testing and treatment of animal tuberculosis, rabies, foot and mouth disease and more. 
    • Environmental management and wilderness rehabilitation

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.  Our application is split into two categories:

Volunteers – require some of the following:

  • Degree / Masters / PHD  in Conservation, Wildlife, Zoology, Environment, or related field
  • Must have work experience within a related field
  • Valid passport expiring at least six (6) months from the date of your intended stay in Zimbabwe

Interns – require some of the following:

  • Student or training for a college degree or technical school
  • An interest and passion for working with animals, and the environment  
  • Some experience within the conservation field would be beneficial

Very Simple !!

Just fill in the application form,

Click here to (Apply Now)

Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!

Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!

Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions

 

Contact Tiritose for further information about the innovation, entrepreneurship and development educational tour. If you have your own educational tour or preferred itinerary in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about!

 

What Does The Cost Include
  • Application process
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Webinars on cultural sensitivity and culture shock
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities (each group will have an option to choose a suitable accommodation)
  • All meals according to the chosen meal plans
  • In-country transportation
  • Adventure travel to areas that are part of the tour
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Mobile phone, and local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  • Meals and drinks other than those specified above
  • Recreational activities other than those specified above
  • Any other items of a personal nature

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