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Two Amazing Hands On Weeks - Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary & Conservation

I was at The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary for only 2 weeks, and I participated in the various activities on offer at this project. It's definitely very hands on, and theres always things happening. I worked this out on my very first day, when I headed for the morning briefing, but the activities were put on hold so that everyone could have the chance to assist with/witness the release of an injured hyena.

The activities provided varied and no day was the same. You could be doing food prep one day, to Baboon walks the next and Cheetah time, then to the more physical maintenance or research. I was even lucky enough to be a part of putting a GPS collar on a captured Leopard. I also assisted in the transportation of a poorly cheetah to the sanctuary.

The baboon walks were the reason that I chose this project in the first place. I did question my decision when they instructed us on what we had to do. I was asked, how blind am I? As I wear glasses. At this point, I was starting to wonder what I had got myself into.

Afterwards I answered it with, the most enjoyable and greatest experience I had on my trip

The team that are employed at the sanctuary are a like a small family who open their arms for you to join them. You quickly realise that they truly care for all the animals at the sanctuary and they're very knowledgeable about all the animals they care for. They are also always there to help if you have any problems.

The future is very bright and now is the time to go as they've just purchased a new piece of land and are building a Elephants and Rhino rehabilitation area. So get yourself out there!

By Matt Dodds - Volunteer

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