Working in a small team alongside experienced wildlife researchers, you will participate in crucial daily wildlife monitoring work.
Phinda, the reserve where you'll be based, is home to black and white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, a large elephant population, hyena, wild dog and many other species. You will be involved in general wildlife surveys, as well as species-specific monitoring and research.
Phinda conducts detailed studies of its elephant and lion populations in order to administer a contraceptive programme to maintain sustainable populations. The researchers also compile detailed individual ID kits on all rhino and cheetah, and participate in ongoing predator research.
This project offers volunteers an unparalleled insight into the meticulous research and planning process required to maintain a healthy ecosystem. It's an amazing opportunity for career breakers with a keen interest in wildlife and conservation to learn about population and reserve management. You will learn varied research skills, such as the use of telemetry equipment, camera traps and wildlife ID charts, while enjoying up-close wildlife sightings in a prime safari reserve.