This project gathers information on all marine wildlife in the West Indian Ocean and build a model for sustainable conservation. As a volunteer, your role will be very hands-on, working alongside professional researchers to continue this study. Depending on the animals being monitored at the time, you’ll get the chance to be involved with the following activities:
Wildlife research and monitoring
Decades of research into bottlenose and humpback dolphin has really put this project on the map. As a volunteer, you’ll help to carry on this legacy and take the research in new directions.
- Learn how to do cetacean dorsal fin identification as part of dolphin and whale monitoring
- Collect and analyse the egg cases of shark, skate and ray (known as elasmobranchs)
- Test the quality of river water to assess the health of local water systems
- Catch and ring birds to monitor migratory routes
- Monitor migrating humpback whales, southern right whales, and resident Bryde whales
- Build up your research and data collection skills
Spend time on research boats and land-based projects and reserves
Practical conservation work
The project has a strong emphasis on practical conservation work, and you’re likely to join many different activities.
- Assist with the rescue and rehabilitation of penguins and sea birds
- Plant indigenous trees and removal of alien species to rehabilitate land and minimise our carbon footprint
- Hike on the Robberg peninsula, studying rock pools and clearing rubbish as you go
- Maintain small aquariums at the centre, including collection of fish food and cleaning of aquariums
- Support local initiatives, from helping to maintain enclosures at wildlife sanctuaries to cleaning dog enclosures at a local animal welfare society
The project has a long-standing working relationship with local pre-schools. If your trip is during term time, you’ll join them for weekly fun education sessions.
- Inspire the local kids about conservation and the mysteries of the sea
- Support experienced educators to help the kids learn through play