Wildlife Conservation Internship
Conservation efforts are key to the survival of a vast array of declining species. As such it is vital that we equip future generations with the skills and knowledge required to preserve not only the larger more charismatic animals, but also the smaller inhabitants of the area. Through the practical application of a series of surveying and monitoring techniques, we aim to provide a basis of understanding that will enable you to pursue a career in conservation or simply introduce broader conservation issues facing our most threatened species. Mafia Island has had little previous scientific exploration, and as such the work that you will be a part of conducting will go towards increasing the species lists for the island and reducing the knowledge gaps that exist for species across Tanzania and Africa.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The Tanzania Wildlife Project is an African conservation and community development initiative which aims to gather scientifically valid information to help local villagers and government bodies plan their conservation and development activities. By surveying habitats, wildlife and local livelihoods in the area, the project has helped establish plans to protect precious species while at the same time encouraging community development strategies that address local needs. By working closely with local villagers we are also helping to ensure they play a central role to ensure their views are heard.
The main focus of your time at the Tanzania Wildlife Project will be learning a variety of techniques required to effectively monitor local biodiversity. This includes conducting a range of wildlife and socio-economic surveys to help gather management data required. We utilise a multitude of trapping techniques allowing you to get up close and personal with stunning frogs, birds and maybe the occasional monkey!
You will be living in the heart of the local community on on a small camp situated close to the beach. You will be surveying the wildlife and in and around the village of Utende and you may even get the chance to do some surveys inside the small remaining coastal forest on the island. You may also be involved in conservation awareness days at local schools or around the local village.
If this is your first time doing field research and conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with your grasp of the scientific techniques. At times the work is intense and challenging but you'll get immense satisfaction from working and living in an African village and from having made a valuable contribution to the conservation of this important ecosystem and the livelihoods of the people who live there. You will return home with valuable field work experience and lifelong friends!
This project looks to utilise skilled interns to develop and grow their experience along with the achievements of this project; please speak to a Travel Advisor for more information of the kind of skills and experience required of interns, a relevant degree is essential and some field work experience is necessary.
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