BE A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER

One of the most rewarding ways to help save the rhino is by giving your time and working in close contact with these extraordinary animals.

To be a conservation volunteer at Rockwood, you’ll need to submit an application and contribute $2,000. This fee covers the costs of your two-week stay and goes towards helping us with maintenance.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget. Plus, you’ll have played a firsthand role in preventing rhino extinction.

BE A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER

One of the most rewarding ways to help save the rhino is by giving your time and working in close contact with these extraordinary animals.

To be a conservation volunteer at Rockwood, you’ll need to submit an application and contribute $2,000. This fee covers the costs of your two-week stay and goes towards helping us with maintenance.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget. Plus, you’ll have played a firsthand role in preventing rhino extinction.

WATCH OUR WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION

WHY VOLUNTEER IN AFRICA AT ROCKWOOD?

Unlike most rhino sanctuaries that minimise human and rhino contact, Rockwood encourages interaction. Our 300-plus rhinos are like our children and we want you to love them, too. We also want to educate our visitors about our unique aggressive conservation approach, which has seen more than 130 calves born on our reserve so far. You’ll work alongside professional rangers and researchers, perform daily chores, and leave a wiser, lifelong wildlife warrior who can say they have personally helped to save the rhino.

A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER
AT ROCKWOOD

Prepare feed for rhinos and other animals.

Accompany rangers on patrol to monitor rhinos.

Check camera traps, replace batteries and filter footage.

Capture data into our research database.

Assist vets with procedures.

Inspect and maintain fences and gates on quad bike or horseback.

Assist researchers with data collection.

Assist with capturing and relocation of rhinos.

Provide care for orphaned or injured animals.

General upkeep of rhino camps.

Take part in activities such as micro-chipping and horn trimming.

Share your Rockwood experiences through photos and writing.

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A ROCKWOOD ANIMAL VOLUNTEER

  • Desire to make a meaningful change in the world.
  • Commitment to spend two weeks with our rhinos.
  • Willingness to work hard and get your hands dirty.
  • Ability to cover the $2,000 fee plus transportation.

WHAT OTHER VOLUNTEERS ARE SAYING

“Touching a rhino; it’s something very few people in the world have experienced. For anyone who wants to get involved, this is the place to be. What Rockwood is doing is building a legacy to save what’s left.”

- Dr Francois Deacon

ready to join us?

Start by filling in the application form. If you are successful, we will conduct a telephonic interview during which we will explain the fee in more detail and answer any questions you may have. Only once you have received an official invitation will you be allowed to travel to Rockwood.

Other ways to get involved

Online Donations

An adult white rhino like Survivor eats up to 120 pounds of grass a day. But since a severe drought has hit us, our rhinos don’t have enough to graze on. So we truck in tons of feed every month. That’s a hefty grocery bill. And it’s just one of the many rising costs we have to cover. Your donation will help us save the rhino.

wildlife research

We don’t often read about the critical work scientists and vets are doing to help protect the species. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our phenomenal 15% annual growth in rhino population. We invite organisations and universities to carry out research at Rockwood so we can all benefit from information exchange.

ROCKWOOD WOULD LIKE TO THANK
OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS