"A real chance to see many endangered animals and maybe make a real difference to there life, this is valuable conservation work!"
If you want to be part of critical conservation work in the field, then this project is just the opportunity for you! Set in the scrublands of South Africa, the Zululand Wildlife Conservation Project works with species that are both iconic yet endangered, focusing on researching and monitoring populations of some of the most threatened animals in the world including black rhinos, wild dogs and cheetahs - the three key species that you will encounter during your work. Not only that, but the area is also home to the world-renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as several species of antelopes, numerous carnivores and a bounty of birdlife.Aside from admiring the flora and fauna, your job as a volunteer will be to work alongside trained conservationists to try and learn more about endangered species and make a difference to their futures. Through tracking and collecting data using technologies such as GPS and camera traps, you will immerse yourself in the world of practical conservation. After a long day’s work, you will return to your accommodation complete with running water, electricity and meals provided. However long you stay will be up to you, whether it be 14 days or 12 weeks. Exotic species and exciting conservation – a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity.
African wildlife is coming under increasing threat in modern times; as many countries are rapidly developing, the risk of human-wildlife conflict grows. In the areas that this project covers, habitat fragmentation and poaching are significant issues for wildlife and thus conservationists. Not only that, but climatic changes will undoubtedly present future problems for the natural world and its animal and human inhabitants. The main aim of this project is to enhance monitoring and data collection, as this is one of the first stages when developing conservation policies. By recording incidences of human-wildlife conflict such as direct poaching or snares, the project hopes to be able to influence future management decisions regarding species translocations and education schemes for local communities. This is a unique opportunity for volunteers, as this project is the only wildlife volunteer project in Africa to be working alongside high profile organisations and NGOs such as the WWF, Endangered Wildlife Trust and Wildlands Conservation Trust. As you will be working in small groups of volunteers and being mentored by highly qualified conservationists, the hope is that you will not only come away with fantastic memories but also a valuable education in modern conservation techniques.
Arrival: You will be transferred from the airport to the project site that you will be working on. This day will be focused on you getting used to your surroundings with regard to your accommodation, fellow volunteers and of course the fantastic landscape! Take a tour of the site, meet your facilitators for the first time, and settle in!
Project days: These days will consist of carrying out general monitoring and data collecting duties. You will be tracking satellite tagged individuals (sometimes during the night) and collecting the necessary data. Other duties include assisting with camera trapping, mapping species using GPS and observing species behaviour. One of the weeks will be set aside for data capture and analysis. Aside from the hard graft, time will be set aside for lunches and dinners. Your day will conclude by returning to camp at dusk and spending your evening socialising and listening out for the multitude of creatures heard at night!
Final day: You will transfer back to the airport for your flight home or begin other independent travel plans – but will surely leave with a worthwhile experience and anecdotes a-plenty.
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person
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- To secure a place on this project a 20% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
- A monetary contribution to the project itself* Transfers to and from the airport* Full orientation and support from the project managers* Accommodation and meals (click 'Ask a Question' up above to find out more info)
- Any flights* Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation* Visas if required* Wines and spirits* Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary* Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!
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