Large Carnivore Conservation

NAMIBIA

Namibia

2 - 12 weeks

Flexible

Max 12 people

Age 18+

From $1,600

Namibia

2 - 12 weeks

Flexible

Flexible

Max 12 people

Max 12

Age 18+

From $1,600

What's the project about?

The human-wildlife conflict is one of the biggest threats to Namibia’s wildlife. The purpose of the research activity is to develop a greater understanding of the wildlife that regularly comes into conflict with humans, focusing in particular on cheetahs, lions and hyenas. The project also focuses on monitoring focus species which have been rewilded from conflict situations.

Namibia is home to 25% of the world’s wild cheetah population. The country’s unique desert regions are also home to brown and spotted hyena. The carnivore conservation project has two dedicated research sites, focused on monitoring desert-adapted mammals and other large endangered species. The project is ideal for adventurous volunteers who want to experience true desert wilderness and contribute to the studies of Namibia’s wild animals.

How will I be contributing?

Carnivore conservation volunteers assist research staff in the monitoring and tracking of the large carnivore and other mammal populations in the area. The Desert Retreat site is dedicated to studies of wild hyenas, plus land rehabilitation and studies of the local desert ecosystems. The Omaruru site is home to rewilded focus species such as lions, elephants, rhinos and African wild dogs. Volunteers at both sites will monitor animal behaviour, learn to track big game in diverse environments, conduct game counts, collect data and experience life in the wild!

What makes this project ethical?

These are two truly worthwhile wildlife research projects. Volunteers can be sure they are supporting the responsible conservation of Africa’s big cats and endangered wildlife. You will contribute to long-term wildlife management programmes through the wildlife monitoring and game counts. Both research sites are dedicated to land rehabilitation and responsible land use, where possible removing game fences to allow free movement of animals, including oryx, springbok, ostrich and bat-eared fox.

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