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Phola African Veterinary Experience
An exciting opportunity to work with a wildlife vet on many of Africa's large game, whilst living in a rustic bush camp within a beautiful game reserve.
Working with a permanent wildlife veterinarian based at the Zingela Predator Conservation Project, you will join the veterinary team at a number of conservation projects and on many large game reserves in the area. The veterinary experience provides exciting hands on work with a diverse range of species, and the opportunity to work with Africa’s most majestic wildlife.
- Game reserve veterinary team working closely with cheetah, leopard , hyena and rhino
- General medical work on various reserves, farms and breeding stations
- Disease control and blood sampling
- Game capture and immobilisation
- Veterinary disease control and management at two extensive Roan and Sable antelope breeding projects
- Disease free Buffalo breeding work
- Provide resident veterinary base for three wildlife conservation projects
This project enables a permanent veterinary base for several game reserves, in an area where one of southern Africa's last free ranging lion population still roam. Through working with domestic animals from a clinic in Alldays, the project aims to build trust and empowerment in controlling and conserving the predator populations which live among them - an area of great conflict due to the devastating impact predators such as lion and cheetah have on their land. Volunteers assist the resident vet working with many rare and endangered species in the area.
Disease free buffalo breeding
To ensure disease free buffalo remain a viable breeding population, volunteers will be involved in routine blood testing for TB.
To ensure safety within local communities and build relationships with local landowners and farmers, predators in the area will be darted and relocated to safer areas. Eyes and ears are covered during sedation to reduce stimuli.
Big 5 reserve work
Volunteers work with the resident vet responsible for all wildlife work across two game reserves.
Volunteers will sterilise any dogs brought into the free mobile veterinary clinic to reduce the number of stray dogs used by wildlife poachers. Local communities will also be offered free inoculations for their dogs and treatment.
Roan and sable antelope breeding projects
The Phola veterinary team will support two extensive roan and sable antelope breeding projects, the largest private breeding collections in South Africa.
Snare removal from hyena
Working on a conservation project studying brown hyena, a bait was used to trap a hyena seen caught in a snare. Volunteers assisted in darting the animal to remove the wire from the hyena's neck.
Sable antelope breeding programmes
Working closely with sable often requires veterinary sedation due to their nature of confronting predators using their shaped horns. Female sable may be darted for pregnancy testing in breeding programmes.
Rehabilitation veterinary work
Eli, a young eland, was found in a nearby reserve, abandoned and in great distress. Caught between two fence lines, he has damaged one eye severely. Volunteers are currently hand rearing the young calf with regular milk supplement and treating his damaged eye to minimise loss of sight in later life.
Fitting transmitter to rhino and elephant
Elephant and specifically rhino are darted and fitted with transmitters and micro chips to reduce poaching of the species and enable them to be tracked more successfully. Having a continuous presence of trackers with rhino has shown to reduce the incidence of poaching on reserves.
Rustic bush camp
Veterinary volunteers at Phola will live in a rustic bush camp within a beautiful game reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, home to populations of leopard, cheetah, hyena and rhino.
Phola, from the Zulu meaning to heal, reflects the essence of the veterinary focus of this project, but also the partnerships and relationships between local communities and wildlife that will develop as a result.
Working with a permanent wildlife veterinarian based at Zingela Predator Conservation Project, you will join the veterinary team at a number of conservation projects on two large game reserves.
The veterinary experience provides exciting hands on work with a diverse range of species, and the opportunity to work with Africa’s most majestic wildlife. Veterinary volunteers can be involved in the following work:
- General veterinary practice work in the surrounding area of reserves, farms and breeding stations.
- Disease control and blood sampling.
- Diagnosis and treatment of various conditions and diseases.
- Veterinary work on three wildlife conservation projects; Zingela Predator Conservation Project, Hanchi Conservation Project and a Mofemedi Rhino Recovery Initiative.
- Chemical immobilisation and game capture of over 500 animals annually in the winter months.
- Occasional work on Roan and Sable antelope breeding projects
- Occasional dentistry work on predators
- Game reserve veterinary work, covering over 25,000ha. Work on a Big 5 game reserve and a second game reserve working closely with cheetah, leopard , hyena and rhino.
Working alongside a wildlife vet based in the Alldays area, you will join the veterinary team out in the field at several different game reserves, conservation projects and occasionally from a clinic. The veterinary experience provides exciting hands on work with a diverse range of species, and the opportunity to work with Africa’s most majestic wildlife.
The project coordinator is an inspiration to any budding wildlife conservationist. Veterinary work is essential to the preservation and protection of rare and endangered species in the local area.
The Zingela reserve near Alldays, where the base camp is located, is home to rhino, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, roan and sable antelope, tseebee, zebra, jackal, porcupine, giraffe, impala, steinbok, duiker, gemsbok, wildebeest, warthog, bushbaby, kudu, waterbuck, endangered white faced ducks, black chested snake eagle and more. Volunteers often get involved in the Zingela and Hanchi Conservation Projects, and help with monitoring and protection of rare species. As well as this you may occasionally assist with several rare species breeding programmes including disease free buffalo, roan and sable antelope stations.
This is however only a small portion of the wildlife you will be working with at Phola. The vet also gets involved in veterinary assistance to many private game reserves home to predators - including lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, and rhino.
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