Projects Abroad | Wildlife Conservation

South Africa: Camera Trapping And Data Collection

Karongwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Description

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Duration: 2-12 weeks commitment

Start Dates: Project starts on a Saturday with set start dates throughout the year. Check with us when applying.

Cost: from £1,745 for 2 weeks. Check the Costs tab for further information.

Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Master the art of camera trapping by assisting our Science Officer with Karongwe ongoing large-scale project.
  • Go on a wildlife safari adventure in a private South African nature reserve while contributing directly to conservation efforts.
  • Listen to the quiet hush of the wild open spaces, waking each morning to a chorus of savannah birds and drifting off to the nighttime hum of endemic frogs and crickets.
  • Learn to identify predators, like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as megaherbivores like elephants and rhinos.
  • Master radio telemetry techniques and learning how to track and record animal movements.
  • In your free time, visit the famous Kruger National Park, only an hour away from where the GVI base is located or visit the nearby Drakensberg Mountains where awe-inspiring vistas are afforded over the Blyde River Canyon.
  • Live and work alongside Field Guide Association of South Africa, FGASA, qualified guides, growing personally and professionally by learning from their experiences.
  • Sleep under the star-filled Southern night sky, its beauty enhanced by the lack of light pollution, and wake to a golden African dawn.
Costs Explained

Introduction

Travel to Karongwe Private Nature and Wildlife Reserve, a protected natural area located an hour from Kruger National Park, to assist our Science Officer with the reserve’s ongoing large-scale camera trapping project. You will master the art of camera trapping whilst gaining a deeper understanding of its increasing use in conservation, not only for surveying elusive animal populations but also for anti-poaching purposes. You will assist with checking traps weekly, downloading this data onto our large database, sorting the data, and added it to our records. From here, you will assist with collating highly accurate identification kits, allowing researchers to understand individual movements as well as inter-and intra-specific species competition, ultimately facilitating conservation management in the privately owned conservation area.

Remote motion-sensitive photography, or camera trapping, is revolutionising surveys of wild animal populations. Camera traps are an efficient and effective means of detecting rare species, conducting species inventories and biodiversity assessments, estimating site occupancy, and observing behaviour. If individual animals can be identified from the images obtained, camera trapping data can also be used to estimate animal density and population size – information critical to effective wildlife management and conservation.

In addition, you will contribute to other conservation activities, like the monitoring of predators, assisting with habitat rehabilitation in the local area, and conservation awareness at local schools. Most weekdays will be spent going on a safari conservation drive through the protected are. Each volunteer is assigned to specific duty on each drive. This might include using the telemetry equipment to track lions, cheetahs, and other predators, capturing the data noted on the drive, navigating through the reserve, or checking and tidying the vehicle. Our staff on base will guide you through our training program during your first week on base to ensure you are prepared for all conservation work you will be carrying out during your time on this camera trapping and data collection conservation volunteer program in South Africa.

Daily Life

Contribute to our ongoing wide-scale camera trapping project on Karongwe Private Game Reserve, to aid us in identifying elusive species, in the process, contributing to UN SDG #15 Life on Land.

  • You will master the art of camera trapping whilst gaining a deeper understanding of its increasing use in conservation, not only for surveying elusive animal populations but also for anti-poaching purposes.
  • You will assist with checking traps weekly, downloading this data onto our large database, sorting the data, and added it to our records.
  • From here, you will assist with collating highly accurate identification kits, allowing researchers to understand individual movements as well as inter-and intra-specific species competition, ultimately facilitating conservation management in the privately owned conservation area.
  • In addition, you will contribute to other conservation activities, like the monitoring of predators, assisting with habitat rehabilitation in the local area, and conservation awareness at local schools.

You will also get involved in;

  • Other conservation activities, like the monitoring of predators, assisting with habitat rehabilitation in the local area, and conservation awareness at local schools.
  • Most weekdays will be spent going on a safari conservation drive through the protected are. Each volunteer is assigned to specific duty on each drive. This might include using the telemetry equipment to track lions, cheetahs, and other predators, capturing the data noted on the drive, navigating through the reserve, or checking and tidying the vehicle.

You will head out on 1-2 drives a day, master radio telemetry techniques and learn to track animals through the bush; get acquainted with big game and all the main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino.

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Travel & Accom.

Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) rooms with a private bathroom. Large bedrooms with 4-6 people in each room. There is running water available for cooking and showers. Flush toilet facilities are available, and you will share house duties, including cleaning and other chores. large balcony and big patio in the garden which is used as communal space.

Food is very basic, and most volunteers will prepare their own breakfasts, usually toast and cereals, and packed lunches to eat at the project site. You will be split into teams to prepare the evening meal on a rotational basis, which is loads of fun, but also encourages team building. All dietary requirements will be catered for accordingly.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Signed medical form
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Costs

Duration Price
2 weeks £1,745
4 weeks £2,345
6 weeks £2,945
8 weeks £3,545
10 weeks £4,095
12 weeks £4,695

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*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes;

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation
  • In-country support
  • All project activities.
What’s not included:
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations

Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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