Kenya - Giraffe Conservation
Preserve and protect Kenya's Wildlife
After a rocky few years, Kenya is back in fashion and welcoming travellers with open arms…with one main aim - help save and protect their unique wildlife. It isn't just the rhino and elephant under threat - but it's the smaller species (not in stature!) that are also suffering - for example take the Rothschild Giraffes - where there are only 670 left in the wild and they need your help to survive.
How can you help?
Head out to the Soysambu Conservancy, located in the heart of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, close to the flamingo filled Lake Elmenteita. A stunning location.
Soysambu is home to more than 450 bird species and over 50 different mammals, including buffalo, lions, zebra, waterbuck, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, hyenas, leopards, hippos and more than 100 critically endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe (10% of the world’s wild population).
Get stuck into general reserve conservation but primarily focus on the research and protection of their resident Rothschild Giraffes, which is the reserve's main priority as there are only 670 individuals of this sub species left in the wild…a tragic statistic.
Your Daily Tasks
Work will be a combination of observational research and hands on work - five days a week.
- Endangered species research: Rothschild’s Giraffe and its micro-ecology.
- Mammal, bird, and plant population studies using observation and tracking techniques.
- Removal of invasive plants.
- Maintaining natural water holes for animals.
- Road maintenance.
- Mammal inventories using motion detection camera traps.
- Animal and plant identification.
- Anti-poaching patrols.
- Community work (introducing tree nurseries, for example).
Minimum number of weeks is 2. This project is perfect for anyone with a passion for nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors.
No previous conservation experience required.
Where will you live?
You will stay in a safari lodge right in the middle of the reserve with other volunteers and rangers - so camp fire moments and a team spirit will be the norm.
The weekends will be free time, so you can explore further up the Rift Valley, Lake Elmenteita itself and beyond.
The ultimate hands on safari experience.
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
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