This course is designed for those wanting a “hands-on” internship with African wildlife. Interns will be ex-posed to the capture, health, and ranch management of wildlife on various game reserves in the Eastern Cape area. It is recommended to anyone considering careers in animal research or veterinary medicine, or wanting to experience the exhilarating field of wildlife management.
Interns will get a wide range of experiences, from environmental conservation, to anti-poaching, and even direct contact with the wildlife. In the past we have worked with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, giraffe and many other species. Interns can expect work to involve game capture, rehabilitation, conservation and re-introduction, and assisting veterinary surgeons in the area.
The project is carried out on three different sites:
Mpongo is an established Big 5 reserve where you are exposed to lots of African animal species including lions, elephants, rhino and many, many more. Sabati is a conservation area that we are developing at the moment, and have recently introduced a number of game species. Kubusi/Matola is our wilderness camp and is situated in the deep gorge of the Kubusi Valley. Volunteers also work within the Matola Reserve, which has a large population of animal species. We have incorporated a conservation project in combination with a few unique safari adventure activities which will bring a touch of pleasure.
• All meals
• Airport transfer from East London airport
• Transport to and from the program
• 24 hour support and supervisor on project
• Donation to the NPO to assist its operations
• Free use of body boards and canoes
This experience is of a real, working, conservation and wildlife management program. It can often be exhilarating when working with game capture and release, elephant and buffalo tracking with telemetry. Then again, some days can be a stretch and even laborious at times when trekking perimeter fences and hunting for traps. But this work is important! We are not a safari operation and don’t want to romanticize the work we do. There will be periods of high intensity when working directly with the animals and other times of less exciting, but 100% necessary tasks, when working on the ranch management aspect of the project.
Project starts: every Monday
Location: Chintsa, East London
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
Basic level of competency in English
Copy of return flight itinerary
Acceptance subject to availability of position