From Famous Kruger to Remote Okavango
From a pioneering story of animal relocation to the epic wilderness of two vast ecosystems: take a 360° view of wildlife research conservation in Africa
Do you know what impact the size of a conservation area has on the wildlife? How about the size needed to support a population of elephants or lions? Or the value of hands-on wildlife management work versus scientific research in one of the last remaining intact wilderness areas in Africa?
By visiting three projects in two countries, you’ll engage with the varied challenges and impacts of working across different sizes and types of conservation areas.
Volunteering alongside experts in these diverse settings will build a picture of the relationship and tensions between agriculture, tourism and conservation. You’ll see how vast intact wildlife areas are of key significance and also, how a large community-owned reserve can have a massive impact in protecting species such as rhinos, cheetahs and the most trafficked animal in the world – the elusive pangolin.
You will gain hands-on wildlife management experience in one of the largest community-owned reserves, a project working in partnership with pioneering WWF relocation and repopulation efforts. You will be one of a privileged few who get to learn the ancient skills of tracking lions and elephants on foot in the Greater Kruger National Park, alongside a master tracker and highly trained anti-poaching dog. And you will explore and camp out in the vast wilderness of the Okavango Delta, studying how wildlife adapts to the changes in this seasonally-flooded landscape.
For wildlife conservation in Africa, size does matter. This is your chance to experience it all.