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African predators, such as lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard, caracal, serval
Wildlife veterinary care, predator conservation, conservation education, wildlife rehabilitation
Directed and tutored by a wildlife veterinarian, a lion ecologist and experienced game rangers the 12 day African Predator Course covers the management and care of captive predator populations as well as pertinent topics and challenges in predator conservation in Africa.
You’ll learn about:
For the first part of the course you’ll be working alongside a very experienced and respected wildlife veterinarian who does a lot of work in wildlife reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park as well as wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres. You will have the opportunity to assist the vet in a number of veterinary procedures on predators, although the exact predator species and veterinary procedure are subject to the demands at the time. Likely cases include darting predators to fit tracking collars or replace batteries on existing collars, administering contraceptives to prevent breeding in captivity, carrying out dental checks and procedures or administering vaccinations.
In addition to these practical sessions you will also cover the following topics in informative talks by the wildlife veterinarian:
The management of predator populations in sanctuaries
Predator Handling and Care
The course has the unique opportunity to spend time 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.
Lion Tracking and Monitoring
Carnivores in the Ecosystem
Predator Conservation and Society
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.
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 wildlife vet and 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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