Carnivore Conservation and Research

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Carnivore Conservation and Research

from £845
Duration: 17 days
Countries: Namibia
Visit the stunning Namibian Desert, and assist in vital conservation research work with some of Africa’s most endangered carnivores.
Summary

Carnivore Conservation and Research

Start Dates Every Friday 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!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Windhoek Airport and transfer to the Namibia Wildife Sanctuary. Spend the afternoon and evening settling in and meeting fellow volunteers, as well as your facilitators.

Day 2

After a brief visit at the sanctuary, you will then transfer to the carnivore research site at Neuras. The drive will take around 4.5 hours - be sure to keep your eyes open, as you don't want to miss the breathtaking scenary on the journey! Once you've arrived at Neuras, enjoy some dinner and some rest before settling in for the evening.

Day 3-15

For the next two weeks, you will take part in all manner of conservation work at Neuras. A main focus of your time here will involve carnivore data collection, specifically involving cheetahs and leopards. You can also take part on tracking drives, as well as enjoying some incredible hikes!

Day 16

After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Neuras and transfer back to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the evening with your fellow volunteers, and share stories of your experiences.

Day 17

Sadly, your time on the trip has come to an end. Transfer back to Windhoek airport for your flight home, or continue your independant 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
Go out in search of cheetahs and other carnivores. Based on specific monitoring needs, weather conditions and the movement of the animals, a decision will be made as to which carnivores will be tracked during the day. This activity is very important, as data contributes to the reduction of human-animal conflict.

Game Counts
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 all recorded.

Camera Traps
Volunteers help to set camera-traps, which are checked to record the activities of the area’s carnivores. Any footage captured will help the research team to determine which species are present, and which of those animals are most active at night.

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

Animal Feeding
Volunteers are able to experience carnivore feeds, including preparing food for the cheetahs! The animals here have been removed from the human-wildlife conflict and, as such, cannot be rehabilitated. As a result of this, they will need the help of volunteers to seek out food and water - this means that you will play a vital role in their survival.


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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 (three per day, including a barbeque on Sundays.)

What's not included?

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

Visa requirements

You 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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