Carnivore Conservation & Research in Kanaan

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Community Volunteer Projects / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours
Country: Namibia
Location : Namibia
Duration: 2 weeks to 6 weeks
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

On this amazing research project you will have the chance to assist the team with data collection to better understand the carnivore species resident in one of the most beautiful environments on Earth, the Kanaan region of Namibia!

The Carnivore Conservation and Research Project in Kanaan gives you as a volunteer the chance to become immersed in important research that is taking place in one of Namibia’s most beautiful locations. On this project you will be helping to record statistical data on the different species resident here, and ultimately contributing to the long-term management of the area.

One of the biggest problems facing the carnivores that live in the area is the threat of human-wildlife conflict, and this is something that the project team hope to reduce by researching the movements, kill patterns and population size of the carnivores that many farmers see as threats to their livestock.

The main species that can be found in the region include brown hyena, spotted hyena, cheetah, leopards and a number of other desert-dwelling animals, and the research work you do here will help to ensure that these beautiful species will be around for generations to come.

Itinerary

Day 1
After arriving into Windhoek Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation which will take approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival you will be given time to settle in and relax before your transfer tomorrow.

Day 2
Today you will transfer to the carnivore research site at Kanaan. This is roughly a 7 hour long journey, and after taking in the ever-changing landscape of Namibia on your journey to the research site you will then be given time to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 3-15
The next two weeks of your trip will be spent takingg part in all of the activities at Kanaan. There is a focus on data recording on the project, and your volunteer team will be helping with radio telemetry, game counts, carnivore feeding and maintenance amongst other activities.

Day 16
Today will be your final day at Kanaan, so after enjoying a delicious breakfast you will be transferred back to your accommodation and spend your final evening with other volunteers, swapping stories and photographs.

Day 17
It’s time to head home! After you have said your goodbyes you will be taken back to Windhoek airport to begin the journey home or your onward travel plans.

Activities

Volunteers may take part in a range of activities including:

Mapping

In this activity you will be helping the project team map out important wildlife observations and habitat features. You will also be helping to map infrastructure in the region, and once this data is gathered it will be use to process up to date reserve maps which are crucial for conservation efforts.

Capture, Mark, Release

Another activity you may take part in is the capture, collar and releasing of the local species of interest. You will be assisting the team during this process, but please note that this is not a guaranteed activity as the team aim to use a non-intrusive method of research and this will only be done when completely necessary.

Radio Telemetry Tracking

After any animals in this region have been fitted with GPS collars, the team are able to track and observe them and you will join them doing this. This is a great chance to see wild animals in their natural habitat.

Game Counts

Game counts are a crucial part of the ecosystem management here, and at Kanaan you will help to record animal numbers, sexes, age out in the field. You will be helping to answer some intriguing questions during these game counts, the first of which being “Just how does wildlife survive in this harsh environment?”

Camera Trapping

You will be helping to set up the in-country teams "second pair of eyes" all around the site. These cameras record 24/7 and have therefore helped to observe species of wildlife that are often overlooked. 

Hiking and Exploring

There is also the option to explore the area through hiking and you will get to see the local flora and fauna up close and personal.

Carnivore Feeding

Kanaan is home to four rescued cheetahs from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, that now live in a seven-hectare enclosure in Kanaan. Volunteers will be involved in preparing their food, as well as feeding them and cleaning out their enclosures on a regular basis. 

Maintenance and Security

For the project to function properly several maintenance activities need to be carried out and as a volunteer you will be assisting with these. You will be helping with a wide range of activities, so be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Sundowners

Often a volunteer’s favourite activity, a sundowner gives you the chance to sit back after a hard days volunteering and watch the sun set over the dunes. With such a vivid and unique ecosystem at your fingertips, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. 

Start Dates

Every Friday

Costs / Benefits

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 Kanaan
- 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?
- 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

Volunteers require a moderate level of fitness to take part and need to be capable of walking daily between 10 and 15 kilometres in hot weather, and through uneven, rough terrain.

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