With over one third of the world's cheetah population, Namibia is at the centre of the species' struggle for survival. It is estimated that 95% of cheetah numbers in Namibia live outside of protected areas of conservation, meaning that they are readily killed by farmers who view them as a threat to livestock. Because of this, cheetah numbers are falling, resulting in their endangerment.
The Carnivore Conservation and Research Project focuses on reversing this pattern, aiming to alleviate existing human-wildlife conflict, through using new approaches and assessing whether the translocation of cheetahs and leopards is a viable, long-term option for dealing with this conflict. The project locates proven 'problem carnivores', at risk of being killed, and tracks their safe reintroduction into protected conservation areas. Volunteer in Namibia and you will play a vital role in this process, working up-close with these incredible cats, and thus actively contributing to their protection and conservation.
The programme includes both conservation work at the Neuras Release Site and the Nambia Wildlife Sanctuary and Farm, 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 Namibia wildlife sanctuary. This project provides the unique opportunity of experiencing the power and majesty of the continent's most magnificent big cats first hand, and to actively work towards the conservation of the species.
Helpful Project Information
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. The information gathered from this data will help the research team to understand on which prey base and in which capacity the large carnivores subsist.
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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