Anti-Poaching & Wildlife Management
This programme gives volunteers a rare opportunity to get involved in the front line of the anti-poaching fight. Challenge yourself and learn new tracking and survival skills as you join rangers on extended patrols in the African wilderness. Based on the shores of Lake Kariba on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, volunteers join dedicated anti-poaching rangers as they track poachers both on land and on the water. Anti-poaching volunteers learn to identify the signs of wildlife and fish poaching and other illegal activity, and are responsible for collecting data to support patrol planning.
The Kariba area of Zimbabwe is home to substantial populations of elephant, buffalo, lion and hyena plus many other mammals. The Matusadona National Park also has populations of Africa’s Big 5 game including black rhino.
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 National Parks rangers in 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 park which will be used to identify possible 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 on land and on the lake
- 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
- Provide manpower to support law enforcement and local conservation professionals
- Collect and document the location of wire snares and identify poaching Hot Zones
- Work on the construction of a wildlife rehabilitation and release centre and animal orphanage
- Establish game populations, movements and territories to assist researchers and Parks management
- Build new roads and repair damages, especially during and after the rainy season
Research and Data Collection:
- Fly over the National Parks in the region and conduct aerial game counts
- 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
- Compare and collate data from different groups including researchers, Anti-Poaching Units and local law enforcement to build an accurate and up-to-date picture of poaching activity
- 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 and clinic
- Work on poverty alleviation programmes to reduce the reliance on subsistence poaching
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