Anti-Poaching & Wildlife Management

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Anti-Poaching & Wildlife Management

from £460
Duration: from 1 week to 12 weeks
Countries: Zimbabwe
Support rangers on the front line of critical anti-poaching activities. Challenge yourself, learn tracking and survival skills and go on overnight patrols in the African wilderness.
Summary

Anti-Poaching & Wildlife Management

Join anti-poaching patrols as you support rangers in critical anti-poaching activities. Learn about the challenges facing those fighting poaching and be part of the solution.

This programme gives volunteers a rare opportunity to get involved in the the anti-poaching fight. Challenge yourself and learn survival skills as you join programme staff on extended patrols in the African wilderness. Carry out wildlife surveys, GPS mapping and animal monitoring to help protect and maintain one of Zimbabwe's most stunning safari areas.

Based about 45 minutes from Victoria Falls in an unfenced private game reserve, volunteers join anti-poaching patrols and monitor evidence of poaching. Anti-poaching volunteers learn to identify the signs of wildlife poaching and other illegal activity, and are responsible for collecting data to support long term patrol planning. Volunteers are instrumental in supporting rangers in patrols, animal tracking, snare collection, dismantling animal traps and helping identify poaching Hot Zones.

What sort of things will I be doing?

One of the only anti-poaching volunteer programmes in Africa, this project is perfect for adventurous volunteers who want to experience a new challenge and help make a difference.

Anti-Poaching and Wildlife Monitoring:

Volunteers are instrumental in supporting rangers in foot patrols, tracking animals, collecting snares and traps and identifying poaching Hot Zones. You will also monitor and record the activities, numbers and species of animals around waterpoints and other specific points across the reserve which will be used to identify areas of poaching which need increased protection.

  • Learn about the challenges facing those fighting poaching and be part of the solution
  • Support rangers on the front line of critical anti-poaching activities
  • Challenge yourself as you learn essential bush survival skills, camp in the bush and learn to track big game
  • Learn to identify signs of poaching and illegal activity
  • Remove snares which kill and maim animals
  • Identify animal footprints, scent, feeding signs, paths and auditory signs and report anomalies to the permanent Anti-Poaching Unit
  • Camp out with experienced scouts as you conduct night patrols

Wildlife Management:

  • Collect and document the location of wire snares and traps
  • Establish game populations, movements and territories to assist researchers
  • Build new roads and repair damages, especially during and after the rainy season

 

Research and Data Collection:

  • Carry out large animal and bird population surveys
  • Collect and record poaching data information for use by the dedicated Anti-Poaching Unit in the area - this is essential for building heat maps to deploy scouts into the right areas

Community Engagement:

  • Work with local schoolchildren teaching them to protect their environment
  • Participate in nature walks with local children
  • Give conservation lessons and teach children about animals, birds and trees
  • Work in local communities to engage them with wildlife conservation
  • Help with building and renovation projects in the local school
  • Work on poverty alleviation programmes to reduce the reliance on subsistence poaching


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Programme Highlights

- Leave civilisation behind, clear your mind and enjoy the vast, pristine wilderness
- Live amongst nature and learn new skills from professional anti-poaching and conservation experts
- Learn about the challenges facing those fighting poaching and be part of the solution
- Support rangers with critical anti-poaching activities
- Challenge yourself as you learn essential bush survival skills, camp in the bush and learn to track big game
- Learn to identify signs of poaching and illegal activity
- Observe and monitor elephants
- Camp out under the night skies and experience the kingdom of the nocturnal animals
- Help restore and restock a previously abundant and thriving wilderness area
- Work in local rural communities to help resolve the human-wildlife conflict in the area

About Conservation Travel Africa

Conservation Travel Africa was established to help restore Africa’s wilderness areas, working with existing organisations and conservationists to achieve long term goals through conservation, education and wildlife research. These projects need volunteers to support their work and we pride ourselves on providing meaningful and responsible volunteer programmes which are beneficial, necessary and, most of all, fun!

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Patrols with anti-poaching rangers

Patrols with anti-poaching rangers

Wildlife tracking and monitoring

Wildlife tracking and monitoring

Learning tracking skills

Learning tracking skills

Monitoring population numbers

Monitoring population numbers

Sandra-road clearing

Sandra-road clearing

Litter picking with the local community

Litter picking with the local community

Patrols by vehicle

Patrols by vehicle

Identifying poaching hotspots

Identifying poaching hotspots

Learning about tracks and signs in the bush

Learning about tracks and signs in the bush

On the look out for animals

On the look out for animals

Road maintenance and repair

Road maintenance and repair

Tracking big game

Tracking big game

Monitoring elephants

Monitoring elephants

Setting trail cameras

Setting trail cameras

Monitoring elephants

Monitoring elephants

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