Carnivore Conservation and Research

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Activity Holidays / Career Break / Animal Volunteer Projects / Tours / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours
Country: Namibia
Location : Namibia
Duration: 2 weeks to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 750 to 1250 £ Pound (UK)

Assist with crucial data collection on big cats in the heart of the beautiful Namibian desert and help reduce human-wildlife conflict in the area. 

The Carnivore Conservation and Research Project is set in the heart of the breath-taking Namibian desert and crucial research is being done here to help prevent human-wildlife conflict in the area, and as a result saving the lives of the local big cat population.

Many farmers in the region see the local big cats as threats to their livestock, and in turn their livelihoods, and this often results in the farmers killing the already endangered animals. The project is aiming to prevent this from happening by sharing the data gathered by the in-country team and volunteers with the farmers so that they can track the movements of the predators and prevent loss to their livestock.

As a volunteer you will be working with the project team to gather the required data through a number of crucial activities including; setting camera traps to record the more elusive animals, capture, mark, release, radio telemetry tracking and game counts, and the data collected via these activities will go a long way to preventing human-wildlife conflict. You will also have the chance to help make the wine that the project is famous for, and it is all hands-on deck in the worlds driest vineyard! You may even get the chance to try a glass or two…

There is a lot to do on this incredible research project, so what are you waiting for?

Itinerary

Day 1

After arriving into Windhoek Airport you will be met at arrivals and transferred to your accommodation which takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival you will spend the afternoon and evening settling in and relaxing before taking a transfer to Neuras the following day.

Day 2

Today you will transfer to the research site at Neuras. This journey takes round 4-5 hours and as you arrive you will see the spectacular environment in which Neuras is located before tucking into dinner and resting up for the day ahead.

Day 3-15

The next two weeks will be spent taking part in a number of incredible activities at the project site, and you will really be getting involved in the crucial conservation work happening here. With a focus on data collection, you will frequently be heading out into the desert to take part in telemetry tracking, game drives and all of the other activities mentioned above!

Day 16

Today will be your final day at Neuras and after breakfast you’ll begin your journey back to your accommodation where you will be able to share stories of your adventures with fellow volunteers.

Day 17

It’s time to head home and you will be taken back to Windhoek Airport to begin your journey home or onward travel plans.

Project Activities

On this project you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

Game Counts

You will regularly take part in game-counts along different transect routes in the study areas, taking notes on numbers, age, sex and group compositions of local mammals.

Camera Traps

You will be helping to set camera-traps, which are checked to record the activities of some of the areas more elusive carnivores.

Hiking and Exploring

There is the option to enjoy a lot of hiking and exploring in the area, learning about the native flora and fauna and the incredible scenery here is something you will never forget!

Radio Telemetry Tracking

GPS collars are only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to tracking wild animals as they cannot provide you with all of the information you need. Telemetry tracking enables you to locate the animals out in the field and make direct observations on things like health and deaths and births.

Capture, Mark, Release

The team uses GPS collars to track some of the local big cats, and when the situation arises you may be asked to help capture a carnivore via a cage trap, mark it with a GPS collar and then release it back into the wild so that it can be monitored in the future.

Helping With Wine Making

Neuras is home to a large vineyard, and all of the profits from the wine made here go straight back into conservation efforts. You will have the chance (depending on the season you travel) to help with all stages of the wine making process, even tasting some in the process. This is an activity most volunteers really look forward to!

Other Activities

As this is a very active conservation project, you could be asked to help with any number of tasks that come up at short notice. This could be anything from repairing one of the reserve fences through to heling with an animal release so you need to be ready to get stuck in at  moments notice!

Start Dates

Every Friday.

Costs / Benefits

Prices from £1075

What's included in the price of the project?
• A contribution to the project itself including funding for items such as building materials, food, animal medications, tracking equipment etc
• Transfers to and from the airport
• Transfers to and from Neuras
• Full orientation and support from the project managers for the duration of your project
• Accommodation, three meals per day and tea and coffee

What's not included?
• Any flights
• Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
• Visas
• Use of internet and telephone
•Soft and alcoholic beverages
• Any extra activities not within the itinerary

Requirements

The work required during this project is not overly-exerting, but it is advised that all participants be fit enough to walk between 10 and 15 kilometres on a daily basis, through rough terrain and in high temperatures. Furthermore, no specific skills are required to work on this project. However, all volunteers should be willing to work hard and function well in a group.

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