Nature Enthusiast Wildlife Course
Max 6 people
Max 6 people
What's the course about?
Our Nature Enthusiast Wildlife Course is the perfect way to increase your knowledge of the natural world and immerse yourself in Africa’s diverse flora and fauna. Our FGASA-endorsed wildlife course takes you a step further than volunteering. It is perfect for people who want to have a more in-depth wildlife experience and learn more about the environment they are in. Six weeks in Zimbabwe will provide you with detailed practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment.
What will be covered?
Wildlife course students cover a wide range of topics and learn an immense amount about different environments, ecology and habitats. You will learn to identify large and small mammals, track wildlife and interpret signs, and understand animal and bird behaviours. The wildlife course also teaches practical skills in bush survival and orienteering, and you will be exposed to current conservation techniques and challenges.
What makes this wildlife course unique?
Our Nature Enthusiast Wildlife Course is based on a family-run conservancy in Zimbabwe, home to ten black and four white rhinos, three elephants, a range of other large and small animals, and more than 150 bird species. Students will manage wildlife research projects which contribute to long-term conservancy management and learn practical field research and data-gathering techniques, which can be applied across many conservation and wildlife careers.
The 6-week Nature Enthusiast Wildlife Course is an extension to the project’s popular and successful Rhino & Elephant Conservation Programme.
Our FGASA-endorsed Nature Enthusiast Wildlife Course is the perfect way to increase your knowledge and appreciation of the natural world, while enjoying the very best of what Imire has to offer. The broad range of wildlife topics covered, our talented course leaders, and the research techniques you will learn, are what set the this Nature Course apart from the rest.
Over the 42 day course, you will cover a huge range of topics and learn an immense amount about Imire’s different environments, ecology and habitats. You will learn how to identify large and small animals, track wildlife and interpret signs and understand mammal and bird behaviours. You will also be shown the basics of bush survival and orienteering; and learn from experts about current conservation techniques and the challenges surrounding wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe.
You will learn to apply your skills in a range of environments, and will gain the theoretical skills that ensure you can apply what you have learnt across a variety of wildlife and conservation industries, anywhere in the world.
During 6 week wildlife course you will study the following subjects:
- Weather and climate
- Botany – wild flowers, trees and grasses
- Arthropods (insects)
- Animal behaviour
- Conservation management
- Historical human habitation
- Tracking skills
- Introduction to Zimbabwe and Imire
- Bush survival skills
- Basic weapons handling
- Scientific studies and research including grass surveys, telemetry tracking, camera traps, fish and amphibian surveys
There is no other wildlife course which facilitates meaningful research quite like ours, where participants actively contribute to Imire’s scientific research projects.
Each topic of study includes a wildlife research project. For example – if you’re studying mammals we will go out into the reserve and track our rhinos using telemetry. Over time our data will then be mapped revealing our ‘rhino hot spots’. This will allow us to better deploy our anti-poaching resources and manage the vegetation on which they rely.
Another example – if you’re studying birds we have set up a bird ringing scheme. This involves catching birds using a mist net and applying a specially designed ring. Each ring is unique to that particular bird so if it’s caught or photographed again we can ID individuals. This allows us to better understand movements and migrations, monitor particular species, measure breeding success, understand population declines and ultimately conserve our bird species.
Whether you’re thinking about a career in conservation or simply want to learn more, being involved in research projects will give you invaluable experience.
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