Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary


N/a'ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

The internationally acclaimed N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 2007 to care for Namibia’s orphaned, sick, injured and abused animals, from predators to primates and everything in between and at any one time you can expect to encounter anything from baboons to cheetah to lion to aardvark and more.


N/a’ankuse aims to rehabilitate and release all animals that come to the sanctuary, however for those that can’t be released they provide a safe and secure sanctuary to enjoy the rest of their life. From humble beginnings, N/a’ankuse has gone on to become one of Namibia’s, and the world’s most well-known wildlife sanctuaries with the addition of the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 2017 to care for orphaned and injured rhino and elephant through funding from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, loyal supporters of N/a’ankuse.


The sanctuary is run on a day to day basis by a dedicated team of conservationists, with the help of a team of volunteers to make sure all animals are fed, monitored and enclosures kept clean to name a few jobs.


N/a’ankuse, which means ‘god will protect us’ in the local San Bushman language,  also aims to assist and benefit the often-marginalised San (Bushman) people of Namibia through the Clever Cubs School offering free private primary education, the LifeLine Clinic offering medical assistance to the Epukiro community as well as offering employment and training at N/a’ankuse to the San community. 



In addition to day visits to the wildlife sanctuary, N/a’ankuse also offers visitors the chance to actively participate in conservation by volunteering on their wildlife conservation project. This allows guests the opportunity to be involved in all day to day tasks of animal conservation for those residents that are not able to be released. This includes exercising the animals daily, preparing food, cleaning enclosures and checking enclosure perimeter fences as well as more preventative conservation duties such as monitoring free roaming carnivores through GPS data, analysing camera trap photos, game counts and more. No day is ever the same or ever boring and volunteers are rewarded with incredible memories of Africa that will never be forgotten. Volunteers do not require any special skills, just a passion for animal conservation and willingness to get their hands dirty and have a great time. Spend a week getting you hands dirty doing important wildlife conservation before exploring Namibia on one of our volunteer and safari combinations below!

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