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!
Arrive at Windhoek Airport and transfer to wildlife sanctuary. Spend the afternoon and evening settling in and meeting fellow volunteers.
Spend this time working at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Transfer to the research and release site, which is about 4.5 hour’s drive from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Spend time working with the staff at the research and release site.
Transfer back to Namibia wildlife sanctuary and spend the evening there.
Enjoy your last day on the project at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Transfer from site to Windhoek airport for return flight, or commence independent travel plans.
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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