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Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation

Protect and research the desert elephants

Namibia Desert Elephant Conservation
From £995
Duration 14 - 84 Days
From £995
Duration 14 - 84 Days
Join an award winning elephant conservation team to help protect and research the desert elephants.

The project helps to reduce conflict between elephants and farmers by building protective structures around water sources and creating safe water drinking points for elephants. The team also researches the elephants’ movement and distribution, and compiles identikits on herds and individual elephants.

The volunteer role rotates weekly; the first role is based at a community building project and the second involves researching the elephant population out in the desert.

Community building

For building the walls and drinking points, tasks may include:

  • Digging foundations
  • Rock collection
  • Mixing cement
  • Building walls
  • Maintenance and repairs of previous project

Research and tracking

The research project gives volunteers the opportunity to learn how to track elephants and assist the research staff in monitoring the movements of elephants in the region. Volunteers may be involved in:

  • Recording elephant movement patterns using GPS positions
  • Compiling and updating the herds identification notes
  • Documenting new births, deaths and other important events such as mating
  • Collecting elephant dung for DNA sampling
  • Noting any issues relating to the elephants health and well-being

Depending on the elephants’ location, a whole day may be spent driving to track the elephants or if they are close by, monitoring the elephants.

Experience Volunteering
Region Africa
Country Namibia

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