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Elephant research and conservation, South Africa

Volunteers will be dedicated to the research and study of all aspects of biology, behaviour and husbandry of African elephants, with particular reference to their welfare and conservation efforts in Africa.

Researchers, volunteers and students are able to monitor and observe elephants at the Park through the day and night, gaining insight into all aspects of elephant life. Research is conducted in association with both local and international universities, with an active volunteer programme contributing to the effective accumulation of research data and expansion of ongoing monitoring projects.

Working with elephants is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. As a volunteer you will contribute to all aspects of elephant research, education, husbandry and conservation. We ask all our volunteers to be enthusiastic, dedicated, willing, able and keen to get involved with anything and have a genuine love of wildlife.

The participation of dedicated and hard-working volunteers is integral to the project's success and their contribution is invaluable – we could not do the research we do without them! We welcome volunteers from all over the world. There are no prior qualifications to volunteer other than a love of animals and a desire to help.

The overall goal is to work towards providing objective and scientifically-based information that may be used to change and guide elephant management to better suit the welfare needs of elephants in captive facilities.

LOCATION: Eastern Cape, South Africa. DURATION: From 1 to 12 weeks COST: From $360/week


  • Learn everything about these majestic animals from husbandry, biology, behaviour, physiology and so much more!

  • Contribute to the conservation and research efforts of these gentle giants

  • Spend valuable time enjoying their company close up and create unforgetable bonds

  • Learn from the on site training for research papers and projects


  • Shared accommodation in 4 start bungalows with full equiped kitchen.

  • Airport pick up and drop off (specific days and times only).

  • Free wifi on site.

  • All volunteering activities within the park.


  • Food, but tranpost to shopping store will be available .There is also a restaurant on site.

  • Flights from and to the country of origin.

  • Travel visa.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Extra expenses during time off (excursions/ snacks and food outside the park).


  • upon arrival you will receive two branded t-shirts and knitted fleece.

  • You will have to bring trowsers/shorts in neutral colors (black,kaki, brown.olive, dark blue) no camouflage and no light blue tones allowed this is to keep a professional appearance.

  • A waterproof jacket in case of rain.

  • A good pair of walking boots or trainers, no flip flops are allowed.

  • It is adviced to bring a hat, as the sun can be powerful (must be again of neutral color).


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