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African predators, focus on lion
Predator conservation, conservation education, wildlife rehabilitation
Directed and tutored by lion ecologist, Jason Turner, and conservation specialists, the 12 day African Predator Course takes you through the journey of how this innovative project have helped form cohesive prides with captive born lions from different locations and successfully released them into a natural habitat. The course content covers the management and care of captive predator populations, lion behaviour and predator monitoring in the field, as well as lectures on pertinent topics and challenges in predator conservation in Africa.
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You will have the unique opportunity to spend your 12 days with the Global White Lion Protection Trust in South Africa’s lowveld. The trust has reintroduced 3 prides of captive born white lions into an area of 4,400 acres of natural bushveld. During your time here you will learn about the carefully phased scientific process used to reintroduce the white lions and integrate them with tawny lions. They have managed to do this as a non-profit charity and have achieved the purchase of land, successful re-wildling of captive born lions and community engagement all through donations, gifts and conservation travellers.
Lion Conservation and Care
Lion Behaviour and Carnivore Care
Lion Tracking and Monitoring
Carnivores in the Ecosystem
Predator Conservation and the Community
Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust and acclaimed author, has a strong connection with the local community and shares their spiritual beliefs about wildlife and the natural land. Linda founded the trust 10 years ago and has written several books about the sacred white lion, since her first publication – Mystery of the white Lions – in 2001.
Kruger National Park – Observing Predators in the Field
You will head out on a full day guided safari in the Kruger National Park to (hopefully!) observe African predators in their natural habitat.
Trip to a Leading Predator Care Centre
You will spend time at a local animal care centre in Hoedspruit, that specialise in predator care. Learn about general care and husbandry of predators and other wildlife from the centre’s specialist care team, including cheetah, leopard, African wild cats, wild dog, elephant and rhino.
On completion of the course you will be sent a certificate of attendance.
These dates are the start / end dates in Johannesburg. If you are taking the flights from London, you will depart London one day before and arrive back on the day after the expedition ends.
Prices include accommodation, meals, transfers from Johannesburg airport, 24/7 support and financial contributions to the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Prices are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.
We also accept payment in EUR, CAD, AUD and ZAR. Please ask us for a quote, subject to exchange rates at the time.
You are welcome to join the African Predator Course in combination with another project during your stay. These placements are more complicated as they include travel arrangements between the projects, so please ask us for a quote for your desired project combination.
The “Rhino Rating” is our way of ranking a project in terms of how challenging it is – both physically and in terms of culture shock, comfort levels and skills required. Please refer to the “Rhino Ratings Explained” section for the general criteria for each rhino rating. The paragraph below explains the method behind our madness in choosing the rhino rating for this particular project.
The African Predator Course is suitable for people of all fitness levels. The programme does not place great demands on you physically – You just need to bring an open and keen mind as you’ll learn a lot! The lion tracking is done by vehicle (for safety reasons!) so you do not need to walk any significant distances. Work with the wildlife veterinarian is predominantly observing or assisting, with no heavy physical exertion. You will be based at the same camp for the duration of the course, where accommodation is in a basic shared house. Electricity and hot water are available, but bedrooms and bathrooms are shared and the house is simply furnished.
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