Phinda Wildlife Research Project
Work with field researchers in a Big Five Safari reserve.
Few reserves in Africa have the biodiversity Phinda Game Reserve offers. This vast tract of bush, riverine area and rare sand forest is home to dynamic populations of elephants, lion, white and black rhino, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo and antelope. An area formerly depleted in wildlife, large mammal reintroduction has allowed for the development of this stunning reserve. You can join the research team at Phinda dedicated to the management of this ecosystem.
What will I do?
Sandwiched between the warm Indian Ocean, St Lucia lake and the Lebombo mountains, join an experienced research team at Phinda Game Reserve and be involved in;
- Work alongside a research team on this Big 5 reserve
- Monitor over 100 white rhinos, developing a detailed population database
- Assist with the behavioural studies and introduction of black rhino on the reserve
- Behavioural studies and population dynamics of predator populations
- Cheetah, leopard and lion studies
- Help with elephant population monitoring
You will generally work 6 days a week, with Sundays free, when you might have the option of going to the beach. The daily schedule varies heavily depending on the research objectives at the time.
A rustic farmhouse on the reserve is set aside for research staff (including two anti poaching staff) and volunteers. Running water and electricity can occasionally be intermittent due to the remoteness of the reserve.
You will be provided with a weekly food kitty to do your own shopping and cooking on a rotational basis with the other volunteers. The house is equipped with a fridge, freezer, stove, oven and microwave.
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