This magnificent landscape of rolling savanna woodland was the last refuge for white rhinos a century ago. Now the historic, 900-square-kilometer park harbors a healthy population of 2068, as well as black rhinos, giraffes, elephants, kudu, impala, wildebeest, zebras, and others, a veritable ark of African biodiversity.
All of these large herbivores, in their teeming numbers, have an impact on the structure and diversity of the ecosystem. An overpopulation of any one of them can mean massive destruction to their habitat and instability to the other wildlife populations it supports. You can join Dr Dave Druce and a team of researchers and field staff in an ongoing survey of the 15 largest herbivores in the park, thereby contributing to a long-term database of population trends and supporting effective management and decision-making.
What to Expect?
You will work in teams of two, yourself and an armed guard, walking eight-to-ten-kilometer transects through classic acacia woodland, bushveld, and forest, starting at first light of dawn. Walking over a diverse landscape ranging from rugged hills to gently undulating terrain, you will make every attempt to observe all wildlife, including the park's full complement of predators, along the way. When you spot a herd or individual of one of the 15 target herbivore species, you will record the species, herd size, compass bearing, and distance.
This is a rare chance to walk through scenery most people only see from a Land Rover. Your data will inform appropriate management interventions, ensuring the diversity of wildlife species in one of Africa's oldest wildlife reserves. In the evening, you will gather around the campfire under southern constellations to share the day's encounters.
- Program ID: # 1992
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Richard's BaySouth Africa28° 2' 24" S, 32° 3' 36" EZA
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Please contact program
- Costs From: Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife ProgramsLearn Abroad
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