The Namibian Carnivore Conservation volunteer project provides an opportunity for volunteers in Namibia to experience and assist in the entire process of caring for and releasing big cats into a conservation environment. Volunteers at the Namibian Carnivore Conservation volunteer project gain both hands on care skills, field research skills and monitoring techniques.
Conflict between animals and human activity often arises especially in Namibia. This ambitious Namibian volunteer project aims to remove animals from sites of conflict and relocate them to a safer environment. As a volunteer on the Namibian Carnivore Conservation volunteer project you will be participating in the rehabilitation, research and relocation of some of Africa’s more spectacular carnivores.
Volunteers on the Namibian Carnivore Conservation project are an integral part of this project, which aims to remove animals from sites and sources of conflict with the local area and transfer them to an environment where they can grow once more. The project has already collected and collated new and ground breaking information on the behaviour of animals subsequent to their release, join this on-going project to gain fantastic field skills and research knowledge
As a volunteer in Namibia you can expect to be involved in a number of tasks, including:
- Carnivore rehabilitation and monitoring
- Game counts
- Camera trapping
- Spoor tracking and counts
- Scat collection
- Night observations
- Road kill surveys
- Temperature and weather recordings
- Upkeep and maintenance of study area
- Data collection, analysis and interpretation
- Scat collection
- Raptor monitoring
- Other Research Activities: Such as identification and cataloguing of bird species, road kill surveys, temperature and rainfall profile recordings.
Volunteers will also be expected to assist with the general upkeep of the research base and surroundings, the roads of the reserve and do some cooking.
The volunteer experience at the Namibian Carnivore Conservation project starts at the Wildlife Sanctuary where you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for the programme. The volunteer project focuses on the collection and dissemination of scientific data on the densities, home ranges and territories of cheetah, leopard and hyaena in Namibia.
The programme also works with local farmers to better understand and help assess their problems and provide assistance with livestock/carnivore management techniques in order to mitigate human-wildlife and livestock-carnivore conflicts. Following this, you will then move to the stunning setting of Namibrand, where you will chart the progress of, and possibility participate in the release of leopard and cheetah.
A primary aim at the Namibian Carnivore Conservation project is to establish whether the capture of animals in conflict with local communities and farmers, translocation and subsequent release of these animals is a sustainable and viable long term solution. The project also aims to identify whether this approach can be applied to “problem animals”.
During your time at the Namibian Carnivore Conservation volunteer project you may enjoy activities such as a nature walks across the farm, swimming in the pool or waterfall), playing football or rock climbing, followed by a sunset downer and braai!! You will also have the opportunity to go into Windhoek on Sundays or go for lunch or even an overnight stay at the luxury lodge. Stargazing, movie nights, nature walks and sleep outs are other common activities.
Wildlife Sanctuary: Comfortable shared accommodation. Same sex rooms usually with three to a room. Three meals a day are provided.
Namibrand Carnivore Conservation Project: A farmhouse situated in the heart of the Namibrand. It is clean, comfortable, shared accommodation with basic facilities which running water and electricity. Occasionally the project work takes you away from the base camp, where volunteers may camp out with the project coordinator. Food ingredients are provided for volunteer, staff and volunteers prepare and cook their meals. A sleeping bag is required for the Namibrand part of the Namibian Carnivore Conservation volunteer project.
Arrivals and Travel Information: Volunteers must fly to Windhoek International Airport in Namibia, where they will be met by on the team. At the end of the stay, volunteers will be dropped off at the same airport.
PLEASE NOTE Transfers from the wildlife Sanctuary to and from the project are on a SATURDAY only . You will need to arrive at the sanctuary on a MONDAY or THURSDAY.
A maximum of five volunteers may participate on the Namibrand project at any one time. This allows for the maximisation of each volunteer’s involvement with the project activities and minimises the impact of the volunteers on the environment of the reserve. Please book early to ensure you get a place.
The Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary and Carnivore Conservation project could not function without the hard work, dedication, support and time of the fantastic volunteers. In 2011, over 400 volunteers gave thousands of days of their time to support these volunteer projects. All the funds raised from the volunteer programmes are ploughed back into the conservation projects, enabling the projects to grow and become even more successful in achieving the vision of an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together, and conserving the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia. In return volunteers to the Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary and Carnivore Conservation projects are provided with a unique, once in a lifetime experience of living and working in Africa.
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Transfers to and from Namibrand
- Full orientation, training and support
- Accommodation and meals as indicated above
- Return flights to Windhoek Airport
- Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
- Personal items
- Use of internet and telephone
- Soft drinks, wines and spirits
- Additional local activities