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Volunteering in Zimbabwe – Experiencing Unique Wildlife

Volunteer in Zimbabwe – African Wildlife Orphanage
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

During my stay at the African Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe, I spent more time with the animals than I did with the volunteers. I dug a pond for the lions and prepared food for all the carnivores. I loved feeding the servals, especially since they were very friendly and gave plenty of kisses. I witnessed two lamb births and got to spend lots of time with the newborn lambs. I would go into the enclosure every night to kiss them goodnight.

GoEco volunteers visiting local schools to educate children on the wildlife of Zimbabwe
We would visit local schools to educate children on the wildlife of Zimbabwe.

There was the most beautiful sunsets the volunteers could watch every night and the sky was so clear that i could see thousands of stars. I spent the first night by the pool staring at the stars for an hour and a half. It was such an amazing change to see more than 5 stars in the sky.

A GoEco volunteer watching a sunset above the rhino enclosure
All the volunteers would gather above the rhino enclosure to watch the sunset. We all took the same poses.

The staff was so loving and caring. They were available whenever we needed anything and were more than happy to make a trip to town for us. We even got to party with them every couple nights. They really know how to play party games.

A group of GoEco volunteer friends
We made lots of new friends and shared some pretty amazing experiences.

The staff organized a trip to Victoria falls for us and recommend many activities, like a gorge swing from the falls, and shops for us to buy souvenirs. I bought a lion tooth necklace and a crocodile skin bracelet. The falls were absolutely beautiful.

A GoEco volunteer searching for a tagged collar in a collar hunting competition
In the field searching for the tagged collar during our collar hunting competition.

The staff also organized an activity on a near by lot that taught us how to track animals for research. We got to split up into teams to track down a collar, my team won. I loved every second of my placement in the African Wildlife Orphanage and wish I could’ve stayed longer. – Pauldeep

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