Tanzania Wildlife Conservation

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Tanzania Wildlife Conservation

from £735
Duration: from 1 week to 20 weeks
Countries: Tanzania
Conservation efforts are vital particularly in areas where human environments are growing such as Africa. Come carry out rewarding and beneficial work in Tanzania’s island paradise!
Summary

Tanzania Wildlife Conservation

The camp is located in a stunning part of Tanzania on Mafia Island. Surrounded by lush mangrove forests, coconut plantations and unique ecosystems which straddle water and land, you will be living and working from a picturesque and simple camp a short walk from the beach. Your residence is a basic affair near the village of Utende, with communal sleeping in a thatched banda, an open kitchen and friendly neighbours in the form of local wildlife.

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. You will be adding to the species list for Mafia Island as it is previously unexplored.

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 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?

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. The work is intense and challenging but you'll get immense satisfaction from living and working on the island 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 the new friends you have made and a wealth of incredible memories, photos and videos from this experience of a lifetime!

You'll find your team to be young, fun and dynamic comprising a mix of ages and experiences, with members who all share a passion for travelling in developing countries and saving endangered wildlife and habitats. Your staff will be young, friendly individuals who are highly experienced in their field and some may have volunteered with at the start of their careers.


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Price details:

from £735

Location

Mafia Island, Tanzania

Activities

Pit fall trapping
Small mammal trapping
Transects
Point counts
Butterfly trapping and sweep netting
Socio-economic surveys
Set up survey sites
GPS training and compass work

Accommodation

Communal camp near to the beach

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training FREE for 10 week+ volunteers (£80 per person for those participating for less that 10 weeks)

In-country

Camp accommodation near the beach
3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
Airport pickup (extra cost £13/$20)
First night hostel accommodation (extra cost £13/$20)
Internal ground transfers to project camp
Local orientation
Project training
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ back-up
Vocational qualification diploma or certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation available
Free marine park & reserve entrance fees & research permits if applicable
CoPE qualification available

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