Participating in the Naankuse predator research project has been one of the best decisions I have made so far. The project of my choice was primarily based in Neuras and Kanaan, the research sites of Naankuse. Neuras, a wonderful wine and wildlife estate located in the canyon region of Namibia, has its main focus on leopard research. Whereas Kanaan, a stunning farm situated in a very vast area next to the Namib sand dunes, has its main focus on spotted hyena research.
Throughout my stay in Namibia I was lucky enough to assist and help with various tasks. We were given the opportunity to work on research papers, set up camera traps, work on leopard and hyena identification, get familiar with the footprint identification technique and learn how to read footprints of different species. Moreover we had the chance to do cheetah feedings, track hyenas and leopards, go on exploring hikes and do game counts on horses and in cars. Sleeping under the stars, climbing Big Daddy (fourth biggest sand dune in the world), working with the cheetahs and just spending time in the beautiful nature of Namibia were some highlights of my trip.
Thanks to all the coordinators and other volunteers I had the chance to learn a lot about the Namibian flora and fauna, the people and their culture as well as life in general. I think it is incredible to see how hard all these people work in order to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and to protect the amazing nature and wildlife.
I had six wonderful weeks in Namibia and I am extremely grateful to African Conservation Experience, Naankuse and all the great people I met during my stay in Namibia for making this experience so special.
I feel very privileged that I had the opportunity to be part of such a great project and contribute to wildlife conservation in Namibia.