Carnivore Conservation and Research in Namibia

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It is estimated that Namibia is home to one-third of the world’s entire population of cheetahs and roughly 95% of Namibia’s cheetahs live outside of protected land. Unfortunately, this means that they are often killed by local farmers who believe big cats are posing a threat to their livestock, as a result of this the cheetah numbers are declining. The work carried out by the Carnivore Conservation and Research Project is hoping to change this.

On this project, volunteers will be helping to gather crucial data on the local carnivore populations. This data will be used to help sustain and hopefully regenerate the number of these incredible animals in their natural home. Some of the fascinating activities you could take part in on this project include; game counts, setting camera traps, capture, mark, release, radio telemetry tracking and game drives. Each of these activities contributes to the overall data collection and research helping to reduce human-animal conflict in the area.

Highlights
  • Monitor carnivore movements and collect important data on the species
  • Head off on some incredible game counts
  • Set up camera traps and analyse the results
  • Help with wine making at the project site!
  • Hike and explore this incredible location

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Amazing experience, however titled very incorrectly! MUST READ

I stayed at Naankuse for 3 weeks, and 1 week at Neuras.

I think I forgot to breath during that month, it was INCREDIBLE. Lots of animal interaction time. The great projects calls this a cheetah project with hard work 1 week on the farm ( Naankuse ) and 1 week with 'cheetahs'. The title is incredibly misleading as it leads you to believe your going to be cheetahs all day and releasing them left right and center. Going to Neuras its self is amazing, the reason im saying its misleading is you only see the cheetahs ONCE at the end of the week to feed them. For a brief hour or 2.

You learn a lot both on the farm ( Naankuse ) and at Neuras. On the farm you wake up at 6:30, breakfast is from 7-8 then its morning meeting.

You have a group, so you will do different projects every day varied from cleaning cheetah camps, building camps (animals), food prep, cleaning animal enclosures, water hole watch, an animal walk or research. At night you can volunteer for or be volunteered to sleep with an orphaned monkey. Please, be open minded they dont have a mom they only have us to care for them.

So work from 8:30 - 12/12:30
Lunch break 12 - 2
Work 2- 5:30
Supper at 6:00

And then you are off for the rest of the day and can stay by the camp fire as long as you want really, as long as you are quite after 10 and make sure the fire is out.

The staff are VERY friendly and treat you like family. Never be afraid to ask a question, they love to answer them.

So that Saturday you will leave to Neuras ( research and the pride and joy of Naankuse ... the soft release site aka where you meet the other cheetahs not at naankuse ). Its a 4 hour drive to Neuras, with a stop along the way to pee and get snacks.

Neuras has snacks to buy, you do NOT need to stock up.

During your week at neuras you can relax.
There are natural springs to swim in ( clear!! ) and 2 youngster kudu in the bush that hang around for the water.

Neuras is a vineyard ( I helped plant some of the new vines :) ) So I encourage you all to buy the wine!

During that week, you may be asked to help collect trap camera sd cards or check cages. You will create a card board enrichment for the cheetahs to kill later that week and will learn how to use radio collars and gps. You will be sent off to find the collars on trees, or random check points a few times that week because on friday you will have to navigate a canon while using knowledge you learned that week to earn points.

You learn a variety of tracking skills, poo i.ding ect from Matt and Kate that will be drilled into my head forever.

I loveeee naankuse and neuras. It will forever be apart of me ( i ended up calling Naankuse home ) , I will be heading back this year.

I stayed at Naankuse for 3 weeks, and 1 week at Neuras.
I think I forgot to breath during that month, it was INCREDIBLE. Lots of animal interaction time. The great projects calls this a cheetah project with hard work 1 week on the farm ( Naankuse ) and 1 week with 'cheetahs'. The title is incredibly misleading as it leads you to believe your going to be cheetahs all day and releasing them left right and center. Going to Neuras its self is amazing, the reason im saying its misleading is you only see the cheetahs ONCE at the end of the week to feed them. For a brief hour or 2.

You learn a lot both on the farm ( Naankuse ) and at Neuras.
On the farm you wake up at 6:30, breakfast is from 7-8 then its morning meeting.

You have a group, so you will do different projects every day varied from cleaning cheetah camps, building camps (animals), food prep, cleaning animal enclosures, water hole watch, an animal walk or research. At night you can volunteer for or be volunteered to sleep with an orphaned monkey. Please, be open minded they dont have a mom they only have us to care for them.

So work from 8:30 - 12/12:30
Lunch break 12 - 2
Work 2- 5:30
Supper at 6:00

And then you are off for the rest of the day and can stay by the camp fire as long as you want really, as long as you are quite after 10 and make sure the fire is out.

The staff are VERY friendly and treat you like family. Never be afraid to ask a question, they love to answer them.

So that Saturday you will leave to Neuras ( research and the pride and joy of Naankuse ... the soft release site aka where you meet the other cheetahs not at naankuse ). Its a 4 hour drive to Neuras, with a stop along the way to pee and get snacks.

Neuras has snacks to buy, you do NOT need to stock up.

During your week at neuras you can relax.
There are natural springs to swim in ( clear!! ) and 2 youngster kudu in the bush that hang around for the water.

Neuras is a vineyard ( I helped plant some of the new vines :) ) So I encourage you all to buy the wine!

During that week, you may be asked to help collect trap camera sd cards or check cages. You will create a card board enrichment for the cheetahs to kill later that week and will learn how to use radio collars and gps. You will be sent off to find the collars on trees, or random check points a few times that week because on friday you will have to navigate a canon while using knowledge you learned that week to earn points.

You learn a variety of tracking skills, poo i.ding ect from Matt and Kate that will be drilled into my head forever.

I loveeee naankuse and neuras. It will forever be apart of me ( i ended up calling Naankuse home ) , I will be heading back this year.

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