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Endangered Species Volunteer Project

Endangered Species Volunteer Project

Endangered Species Volunteer Project

Trip Details:

Operator:   Intern Africa
Price From: 2,500 USD
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration: 21 days
Trip Dates: 09-10-2018,06-11-2018,30-11-2018

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About this program

Follow your passion for cats to South Africa where you can join a program working with the fastest cats in the world, Cheetah. At Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), you’ll have the opportunity to get close to the cheetah and aid in their conservation, rehabilitation, and more. 

At the centre, you’ll work with both the endangered King Cheetah, as well as the Breeding Cheetah, where you will assist with rehabilitation activities, including feeding. You’ll divide your time between participation, conservation, and sightseeing, so as to gain the best experience possible. 

Through active participation, you’ll help by cleaning, feeding, and observing or assisting with veterinary activities. You’ll learn about the animals, the centre, and much more!

To increase your knowledge of conservation efforts, informal lectures on all parts of the conservation efforts will be provided. You’ll receive information from specialists about all flora and fauna, as well as the basic biodiversity of the region. 

The fun doesn’t stop there! You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to put your new-found knowledge into practice as you observe wildlife in the wild or at other centres. You’ll also have the chance to visit exciting attractions, points of interest, and Kruger National Park!

 

**Please note price is based on exchange from ZAR to USD. Final price is subject to change**

Itinerary

Week 1

  • South Africa: History, Cultures, Climate, Geography, Biomes, etc. 
  • How to start identifying the magnitude of different trees, insects, birds, tracks, and other signs. 
  • Cheetah status, breeding in captivity, release into wild, special needs, basic genetics, and other interesting facts. 
  • Guided tour at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
  • Morning game drive in open vehicle on Kapama Private Reserve. 
  • Boat trip on Blyde River Dam.

Week 2

  • Nature Conservation: What is conservation, wildlife management, management of natural habitat, symbiosis between man and nature, future. 
  • Learn about global impact of poaching/illegal wildlife trade, facts & figures, different angles of anti-poaching, how/where to get involved. 
  • Orientation to bush skills, finding water & food, medicinal/practical use of plants.
  • Safety measures and rifle handling skills.
  • Mammals & birds in Kruger National Park. 
  • Learn about training as an anti-poaching ranger, tracking people, finding snares, and other skills. 
  • Visit a K9 training facility where you'll learn about how dogs are used in security, tracking, detection, apprehension, as well as gain an insight into training methods for dogs & handlers. 
  • Game drive in Kruger National Park.

Week 3

  • Orientation on reptiles & snakes with a theoretical and practical component. 
  • Lecture prepared by students for kids in local school about the cheetah and other endangered animals. 
  • Prepare a program (including lunch) for a local school at the HESC. 
  • Assignment on trees, tracks, signs, insects, and birds during a walk or game drive. 
  • Visit Kinyonga Reptile Park.
  • Visit a cultural village and learn about traditions, way of living, culture, beliefs, and enjoy a traditional lunch and interaction with locals. 
  • Night game drive on Kapama Private Reserve. 

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Flag Flag_of_South_Africa.svg
Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s) Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s): Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s): Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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