- South Africa
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Join us and industry leading ecologists and wildlife experts.
A rare opportunity, play a key role in important wildlife behavioural research and ecological management. You'll gained a detailed and in-depth understanding of real world conservation techniques and methodologies as you master and implement them. Immerse yourself at a remote research and bushcamp to help monitor and safeguard a 35,000 hectare South African wildlife reserve.
An Ideal steppingstone placement for those looking to work professionally in the conservation industry or alternative travellers looking for a real adventure as you get mere meters away from animals like rhino, elephants or lions.
- Protect endangered species - the projects you'll work on protect animals who’s populations are dwindling across Africa. Help give black and white rhino, cheetah, lion, hyena a future!
- Get taught and trained - learn to monitor a rhino’s body condition, data capture during scientific surveys, read animal behaviour, use equipment from radio collar tracking to camera traps and more.
- Wild experience - you’re not a visitor on the reserve, you're there to research and protect wildlife. The difference? You'll take the roads off limit to others, get closer to the animals to monitor them more accurately even support other reserve teams or
- A diverse projects - Monitor predator mortality such as leopards and cheetah. Record data for scientific research. Monitor behaviour of rhino. Feed animals during droughts. Radio collar tracking. Camera trapping and even emergency vet work.
- Life in the bush - Along with the skills and satisfaction of helping protect animals, you’ll experience a different world as you live in a remote area of the wilderness. Meet new people, share stories, experiences and get to know a different kind of life.
Play a lead role on a safari reserve, we'll be working to research wildlife, manage ecosystems and protect habitats.
You'll track and monitor wildlife using radio collar antenna. Lions, Cheetah, Elephant and Buffalo are all monitored as part of reintroduction projects, predator mortality, to understand animal behaviour as part of ongoing research or even for emergency veterinary interventions!
Life in the bush is varied and exciting. During your placement, anything could happen. From rhinos fighting with each other needing emergency veterinary care to capturing reserve cheetah for relocation. You'll take part in all of it. We can't foresee the future exactly but we can foresee you'll get up close with iconic African animals!
Camera traps are valuable tool for any ecologist or animal behaviourist. You'll learn how to select sites for camera trap placement base on your understanding of the animals behaviour deploying and collecting the equipment routinely. These surveys are as part of long term research project on the reserve looking at animals like black rhino or leopard... that is if the reserve elephants don't remove the camera traps first!
What the most important part of animal ecosystem? Plants! Without healthy and biodiverse plants for herbivores to eat, the ecosystem would collapse. Although these might not be the most exciting, you'll quickly learn and understand this secret side of ecological management and help ensure the ecosystems health.
The reserve is home to predators including: Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Cheetah and more!
Monitor their behaviour, what their eating, when and where. Record this data as part of ongoing research and ecological management. You'll also get up close and personal with these animals for some incredible sightings.