Leopard & Predator Research, South Africa

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Leopard & Predator Research, South Africa

from £1,750
Duration: from 4 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Join our research teams on game reserves within the Greater Kruger Area, to collect data, track, survey and monitor the allusive at-risk predators in this iconic and stunning landscape.
Summary

Leopard & Predator Research, South Africa

Highlights:

As a volunteer, you'll get to:

  • Follow the clues and identify individual leopards – helping to build a vital database of individual kits
  • Learn the practical methods used in animal research such as camera traps, track measurement, identification databases and heat mapping
  • Identify individual Wild Dogs and Hyenas to understand group dynamics and behaviour
  • Join Unique night and day stake-outs to discover and monitor leopard corridors across properties to better highlight their movements and home ranges
  • Become a night-owl and see nocturnal animals in their environment on night drives
  • Camp out in the bush – learning the stars and eating around a bush fire
  • Assist with on-going conservation initiatives such as building waterholes, removing alien plants and conducting snare sweeps
  • Live in an African lodge on your very own private reserve in the world famous Greater Kruger Area
  • Explore Blyde River Canyon, take in the sight of the Panorama route, go for a hike or put another stamp in your passport by visiting the intriguing land-locked country of Swaziland over your weekends
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Join our qualified guides and researchers in search of the Leopard and other predators.

Observe the animals in the wild and collect data that feeds into our databases, insuring that vital individual and group records are consistently updated and maintained. Your work will help to identify their movements, behaviours and individual animals in the field, giving us a greater insight into these iconic species, their densities, and their risk factors. All of this information will help mitigate human-wildlife conflict.

You will also assist with physical conservation work by helping us maintain the ecosystems and key ranges of these predators. Your time will be spent on activities like alien invasive plant control, clearing encroaching bush on game reserves and taking part in essential snare sweeps. This work will help ensure that ecosystems are restored to full health and will help the local wildlife to flourish.

Your help with data processing and analysis will allow us create reports, ID kits, maps and profiles on the animals we observe. You will learn how to recognise individuals using their fur patterns, scars and whiskers. The data that you collect contributes to the essential research that we carry out, in conjunction with partner organisations, to ensure the long-term protection of these iconic carnivorous species.

Further to this, you will also get involved in conservation education, maintaining vegetable gardens and take part in overnight camping trips!


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from £1,750

Where You'll Stay

As a research volunteer you’ll live in the heart of a big 5 game reserve in South Africa. Volunteers stay in shared accommodation in the form of cabins within the park and have access to a lodge with a stunning swimming pool, bar and lounge area.

About African Impact

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation which runs and manages meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa.  The organisation was founded in 2004 in Zimbabwe, and since then has grown into the Africa leaders in volunteer tourism, having facilitated over 12,000 volunteers and interns in 12 countries across the continent.

We are proud to offer fun, safe and structured placements where volunteers understand their contribution to responsible projects run in partnership with local communities and conservation efforts. Our journey so far has been both inspiring and humbling and we will keep pushing the horizons of what volunteering can achieve.

We believe in the power of volunteering and have seen the amazing things volunteers can achieve.
We believe in the passionate people who work for us and beside us to create tangible positive impacts and change lives.
We believe in what we do, in standing out and in standing up for fun, sustainable volun-teering.

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