Carnivore Conservation and Research

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Carnivore Conservation and Research

from £845
Duration: from 2 weeks to 5 weeks
Countries: Namibia
Assist in vital conservation research work with some of Africa’s most endangered carnivores.

Carnivore Conservation and Research

Start Dates Every Monday of each month.

The Carnivore Conservation project plays a vital role in rescuing and releasing threatened carnivores in Namibia to help reduce human-wildlife conflict and prevent the decline of these magnificent species. Since the programme began in 2008, staff and volunteers have combined their efforts to successfully rescue and release 80 cheetahs, 30 leopards and 15 brown hyenas.

Those involved in this fantastic project are constantly striving to relocate as many carnivores into protected and safe areas, away from farms, as possible. Only those held in captivity for long periods of time, or who have been rehabilitated from ill-health, undergo a soft release (being gradually introduced into a new environment over a period of time).

Volunteers working on this project will experience the incredible power of the cheetah and other carnivores in their natural habitat, and will be able to track the progress of each animal's release, prevent others from straying into harmful situations and to work towards reducing human-animal conflicts.

The programme involves both conservation work at the Neuras release site and the Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary, working on research and data collection regarding the reintroduction of cheetahs and carnivores into protected areas, working on site maintenance and helping out with the carnivores, baboons, caracals and other animals at the sanctuary site. This really is a one of a kind volunteer project and is not to be missed!


Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport and transfer to wildlife sanctuary. Spend the afternoon and evening settling in and meeting fellow volunteers.

Day 2-5

Spend this time working at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 6

Transfer to the research and release site, which is about 4.5 hour’s drive from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 7-12 

Spend time working with the staff at the research and release site.

Day 13

Transfer back to Namibia wildlife sanctuary and spend the evening there. 

Day 14 

Enjoy your last day on the project at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Day 15

Transfer from site to Windhoek airport for return flight, or commence independent travel plans. 

Project Activities

On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

Carnivore Monitoring – Research Site
Go out in search of cheetahs. Based on the movements of the carnivores, the specific monitoring needs and prevailing weather conditions, a decision will be made as to which cheetahs will be tracked during the day. This is majorly important for wider cheetah conservation initiatives.

Game Counts – Research Site
Volunteers will regularly take part in game-counts along different transect routes in the study areas, numbers, age, sex and group compositions of local mammals are recorded.

Camera Traps – Research Site
Volunteers help to set camera-traps, which are checked to record the activities of the area’s carnivores.

Hiking and Exploring – Research Site
There is the option to enjoy a lot of hiking and exploring in the area, learning about the native flora and fauna.

Animal Feeding - Wildlife Sanctuary
Volunteers are able to experience regular carnivore-feeds with lions, leopards, semi-tame and wild cheetahs, and even with rare African wild dogs. Volunteers are responsible for preparing the food for and feeding all of the animals each day.

Animal Time - Wildlife Sanctuary
Volunteers get to spend part of each day playing with and looking after some of the animals on the farm. These interactions include taking a walk with the gorgeous caracals spending one on one time with the semi-tame cheetahs and meeting the resident pack of African Wild Dogs.

Project Work - Wildlife Sanctuary
The growing Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary needs constant repair and building work. Volunteers may be required to help with these tasks which include: Constructing new enclosures as animals arrive, Border fence patrols and de-bushing to remove invasive alien plant species.

Baboon Care - Wildlife Sanctuary
Volunteers are encouraged to help look after the resident baby baboons - this will almost definitely include taking a walk across the beautiful veldt with the baby and junior baboons.

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Price details:

from £845

What's included?

• A contribution to the project itself including funding for items such as building materials, food, animal medications, tracking equipment etc
• Transfers to and from the airport
• Transfers to and from Neuras
• Full orientation and support from the project managers
• Accommodation and meals as indicated

What's not included?

• Return flights to Windhoek Airport
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas
• Personal items e.g. clothes, travel goods etc
• Use of internet and telephone
• Soft drinks, wines and spirits
• Trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary

Visa requirements

Volunteers joining the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary will need to apply for a work visa before travel. We will provide further information and documents for this upon booking.

About The Great Projects

Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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