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“A home for those that need it!”

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Bulawayo
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Owner description: Chipangali is a haven for wild animals which have little hope for survival in the wild - creatures 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 increasingly it is a sanctuary for confiscated animals. We invite children and animal lovers of all nationalities to visit our Animal Orphanage and take an educational tour to learn more about African wildlife. We have 150 animals and birds located in 40 acres. There is a tea room for snacks and a souvenir stall. Lots of shady places to sit and have a picnic. School groups and other large groups welcome. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays Closed. Timing: 8 am to 5 pm. Open on all Public Holidays except Christmas Day. Admission: Adults 5$, Children 4$ School Groups: High School 4$, Primary School 3$, Teachers 4$
Cape Town
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12 reviews
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“A home for those that need it!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The wildlife orphanage takes care of animals that have been injured or rescued. Some of the animals that are there can be seen in their enclosures, and the entry fees go towards caring for the animals. I would recommend trying to arrange a guided visit, to learn more about the individual animals and how they came to be there.

Visited June 2014
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Kevin W, Owner at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Thank you for visiting Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage. Please do visit again. You can engage with us on Facebook as well.
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Neutral Bay, Australia
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“A Definite Highlight”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

The variety of animals was amazing. The lion enclosure was very exciting. To see the lions as close as they were was a true experience not to be missed by anyone.

Visited February 2014
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Maseru, Lesotho
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49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“if big cats are your thing then its well worth it”
Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

visited the wildlife orphanage with my wife. it is a short drive from the city and has clear signs so you wont miss it. enjoyed to see the lions up close, wonderful creatures! they also have leopards! my wife though enjoyed the 'non carnivorous' animals of which they are plenty of. they also have a variety of bird species there as well as a few reptiles. great place for kids too. its also good to know the amazing work the stafg there is doing to take care of the vulnerable animals.

Visited December 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“This place is awesome”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

So I'm getting shown around by one of the fellows that works there, and we get to the terrapin enclosure, surrounded by a waist-high wall. I ask the guy how much one weighs. He hops over the wall, picks one up, and hands him to me. "About that much."

Gotta love museums in Zimbabwe.

Also, lions, lions, everywhere.

Visited January 2013
Thank Jim H
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“A volunteers dream - magic and hard work”
Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

I volunteered at Chipangali for 8 weeks in may and june 2013. This was not my first visit to the continent but my first to Chipangali. Just go. Stay as long as you can and after 2 weeks you start to really see and feel the magic. Visit the lions and leopards before breakfast and again at nigh under the amazing African stary nightsky. Hear them roar and feel your heart beat with joy and wonder. Learn to know the individuals and their different personalities and they might come up to greet you in their own special way. Let them get used to you. Sleep on the lions platform. Bring a book and sit read by the leopards.

Enjoy caring for a hurt barnowl or bottlefeed an orphaned 2days old bushbuck at 3 am. You never know what the days bring.

You will be taken good care of by the staff and get the feeling you are part of something important. And you are.
Karina, Norway

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