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)

Assist the team as a Big Cat Conservation Volunteer with data collection to help with research on carnivore species in the stunning Kanaan Region of Namibia.

During your stay, you will be able to help record statistical data of the wildlife species resident here, ultimately contributing to the long-term management of the area. The main flagship species here are cheetah, brown hyena, spotted hyena, leopards and an extensive variety of desert-adapted wildlife species.The work here is being started from scratch, so as a volunteer you will really be able to make a significant impact.

This conservation and research project includes both conservation work at Kanaan and also at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. You will have the chance to work on research and data collection regarding the reintroduction of cheetahs and carnivores into protected areas, site maintenance and help out with the carnivores, baboons, caracals, and other animals at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. This project provides the unique opportunity of experiencing the power and majesty of the continent's most magnificent big cats first hand whilst actively working towards the conservation of the species.



Day 1
After arriving into Windhoek Airport, you will be transferred to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary which will take approximately 45 minutes. After settling in you will spend the rest of the day at the site meeting the other volunteers and volunteer coordinators and in the evening you will join an orientation talk.

Day 2-5
These days will be spent working at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary. The activities volunteers will be involved in include small construction/maintenance projects, feeding the animals, caracal walks and babysitting the orphaned baby baboons.

Day 6
Today volunteers will be transferred to the carnivore research and release site at Kanaan, the transfer takes about 5 hour’s. Once there, volunteers will have an orientation about what's to come over the next week, then dinner in the evening.

Day 7-12
During this time volunteers will help the staff onsite with task such as setting and checking camera traps, as well as regular hikes through the stunning landscape. 

Day 13
Today volunteers will transfer back to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and be back in time for dinner.

Day 14
Sunday is a free day, although the animals still need to be fed! Volunteers can choose to spend this time relaxing, having a swim or spending time with their favourite animals, followed by the final dinner with the project staff and fellow volunteers.

Day 15
Volunteers will transfer from the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary to Windhoek airport for your return flight, or if staying on longer in Namibia, to their chosen accommodation. 


Volunteers may take part in a range of activities including:


Helping the project team map out important wildlife observations and habitat features. Also helping to map infrastructures in the region, then once this data is gathered it will be use to process up to date reserve maps. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Work At The Sanctuary 

The activites that take place during the first week at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary itself include things like animal time, project work, baboon care, and even a game count by horseback!

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


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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