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There are a range of different wildlife conservation projects where volunteers can get involved, getting first hand experience while they work with animals.
Volunteering at these wildlife management and conservation projects involves working alongside game rangers, field researchers and a wildlife capture team in southern Africa.
Our Game Ranger Courses offer a thorough introduction to the wildlife of southern Africa while the Wildlife Tracking Courses provide in depth training in a challenging environment.
This course is ideally suited to people wanting an introduction to conservation in southern Africa and those wishing to pursue a conservation orientated career, as well as wishing to improve their personal knowledge of wildlife.
Phinda is one of the success stories of large mammal reintroduction. Volunteers at Phinda become research assistants, and are actively involved in studying the wonderful biodiversity of this stunning game reserve.
Game Capture is a specialised part of reserve and wildlife management in South Africa. Volunteers can join the capture and relocation of species such as buffalo, rhino, giraffe and antelopes.
Set in a private game reserve not far from Kruger National Park, Hanchi gives students the opportunity to experience the beautiful African bushveld from the unique viewpoint of being on the back of a horse.
Volunteers assist with giraffe capture while working with the game capture team. The giraffes are darted by a qualified wildlife vet before the volunteers guide them onto a truck for translocation.
All buffalo go through a quarantine period before being sold to another reserve. ACE volunteers get to see the buffalo bulls darted, and help the vet test for Tuberculosis (TB).
One of the most ecologically friendly ways in which a human can traverse the bush is on horseback and the speed at which a horse walks is perfect for looking for tracks of both animals and man.
Volunteers at Hanchi manage endangered roan and sable antelope breeding herds from horseback and study some of Africa's most elusive and persecuted predators
Impala are herded into a boma before they are loaded onto a truck for relocation.
Between 1986 and 1993, the roan antelope population in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, declined from about 450 to 45 animals. At Hanchi and Zingela these animals are being bred. Volunteers monitor their densities, age and condition on horseback.
Of the four vets we work with, three of them operate 100% in the field. Volunteers often help out with the testing of disease free buffalo.
The rhino is prized for its horn. Not a true horn, it is made of thickly matted hair that grows from the skull without skeletal support. The major demand for horn is in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine and ornamental carvings. On Phinda Wildlife Research Project you can help monitor these magnificent creatures.
Nights on the projects are often spent watching beautiful sunsets. At around 20 meters tall, the Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) towers majestically over its neighbours on the African savannas
The famous Baobab tree makes a great bench for a large group of volunteers!
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