Chipangali Wilflife Orphanage
Focus: Animal care and Conservation.
Chipangali is a haven for wild animals which have little hope for survival in the wild – animals or birds which have been orphaned, abandoned, injured, born in captivity or brought up unsuccessfully as pets. It is often the last refuge for those brought in sick or injured, and has increasingly become a sanctuary for confiscated animals.
The wildlife orphanage was established in 1973 by ex-game ranger Vivian Wilson and his wife Paddy, and its primary function is to offer a home to orphaned, abandoned and sick wild animals. Chipangali is not a zoo. Wherever possible, rescued animals and birds are rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
If safe release into their natural habitat is not possible, animals are cared for and kept for educational purposes and zoological study. In the case of endangered species, captive breeding programs may be undertaken. Chipangali has been featured in many documentaries and is now world renowned for its pioneering work and is famed as one of Africa’s largest and most successful wildlife rehabilitation/release centres.
Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage is a registered Welfare Organization (38/77) in Zimbabwe. The word Chipangali comes from the Chinyanja language in eastern Zambia where Viv Wilson originally began his career with the Zambia Government as a tsetse-fly control operator. That was where the whole concept of Chipangali was conceptualised.
The word itself means “open friendly country”. Chipangali is set over 150 acres (60.7 hectares) of land on the outskirts of Bulawayo. There is a private game park and visitors are welcome to visit the 150+ animals and birds located in the animal Orphanage. Kevin and Nicky Wilson now own and run Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Animal Research Centre.
Costs & Benefits
We welcome volunteers from all over the world and there is a lot to be done to care for our 150+ animals and birds. As a prerequisite, all our volunteers must be familiar with spoken English and love animals.
Generally volunteers must be between 18 and 40 years of age. However, we welcome the more mature volunteers, as long as they are physically fit. Families are also welcome and we have had grandmothers and their grandchildren; along with parents and children, all volunteering here. Younger volunteers (below 17) must be accompanied by a guardian. We accept volunteers for a minimum of two weeks and you can choose to stay up to six months.
Our program is designed for Volunteers that really want to make a difference to the animals under our care. We are a wildlife Orphanage and rehabilitation, aim is to look after , protect and to rehabilitate, volunteer duties include Cleaning enclosures, caring for animals, rearing babies, feeding animals, tracking in the matopos national park, gardening, repairing fences and enclosures, snear sweeps through game park spending time with the animals.
It is important to note that all your work will be for the animals, but not necessarily with the animals. It can be hard work but it will be very rewarding. Do not expect to be spending all your time cuddling baby animals, you will be contributing to the upkeep of Chipangali and your days will be full. You will be enriching the animal’s lives.
Cost is GBP250 per week. Room and accommodation included, we pick up and drop off in town by airport or bus station etc.
Volunteers aged 18 years old and over. As a prerequisite, all our volunteers must be familiar with spoken English and love animals.
Chipangali Wilflife Orphanage
Average cost per day:£35
Focus: Animal care and Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and English speaking