In Conservation

Erindi Private Game Reserve is offering a unique opportunity to the public in the form of a Namibian Wildlife Projects Volunteer Program. This program accommodates two young ladies for a two week period during 2017. The volunteer program begins at Erindi Private Game Reserve on a Sunday. Ladies will share accommodation in a communal house on the reserve and have unparalleled access to the best that Erindi has to offer. An added bonus is those volunteers who wish to stay longer than the two week period, have the option to do so.

For those interested, the 2 week Conservation Management Volunteer Program includes board and lodging. Namibian Wildlife Project clothing will also be available for purchase. Volunteers will be supplied a continental breakfast, light lunch, and dinner in the Old Traders Lodge restaurant. All activities are included. If any of the activities found on the activity list take place during the time that you join the volunteer program, you will have the opportunity to be part of them. An itinerary has been set for the first week. The second week is a repeat of the first week’s activities. The set itinerary may change from day to day according to work happening on the reserve.

Activities

Volunteers will be given the opportunity by Erindi Private Game Reserve to gain hands-on work experience in the fields below.

Telemetry Tracking

Volunteers will be shown how to locate animals that have telemetry tracking devices. This involves walking up hills or accessing other high points to locate animals, which are later found and viewed from a vehicle.

List of species that have been fitted with tracking devices:

  • Serval
  • Aardvark
  • Pangolin
  • Honey-Badger
  • Brown hyena
  • Spotted hyena
  • Lions
  • Python
  • Leopard
  • Elephant

Feeding of Wildlife

Depending on the season and time of the year, volunteers may join the wildlife feeding team to help place lucern, lick or salt in various parts of the reserve for the general game species.

Feeding Animals in Bomas

At times Erindi Private Game Reserve has wild animals in bomas (enclosures) for various reasons. These animals must be checked and fed regularly. Erindi may have cheetah, lion or other animals in a boma for short periods due to injury or specialized care necessity, which would require regular work.

Game Capture

Game capture occurs whenever the need arises. This may be in the form of relocation of general game on the reserve, introductions of species like elephant, hippopotamus, crocodile and others. When radio transmitters of predators need fitting or replacing, capture occurs. Special captures of large animals fitted with internal tracking devices only occur when our vet is on the reserve.

List of species captured for monitoring, relocation or rehabilitation on Erindi:

  • Pangolin
  • Honey-Badger
  • Python
  • Puff Adder
  • Aardvark
  • Brown Hyena
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Hippopotamus
  • Serval
  • Plains game for auction

Mass Capture

At certain times, large numbers of game species are captured for sales or relocation. A helicopter is used to herd the general game species into a funnel boma which leads the species onto a truck or individual animals may be darted by a vet from the chopper. Immobilized animals are picked up in the bushveld, loaded onto a vehicle to be moved to a pick-up vehicle and from there they are placed on a transport truck.

Game Counts

Different types of game counts may occur at certain times of the year. This involves recording the number of individuals of each species within the reserve.

Reserve Maintenance

This could include anything from checking water points to distributing mineral licks or helping with fence maintenance.

Habituation

Animals in bomas and on the main reserve may need time spent with them to get them used to people and vehicles.

Camera Trap Monitoring

Erindi Private Game Reserve has regular camera trap monitoring set up to identify and count leopard and other species on the reserve. Cameras will need to be checked and downloaded regularly.

Setting Leopard Traps

Every 3-4 days cage traps must be cleaned and fresh bait placed in the trap. Every trap must be set daily.

Checking Leopard Traps

Every morning after sunrise, traps which may be set for the capture of leopards are checked to see if any animal has been captured. Each species or individual will have a different plan set out for it which may involve a simple release or immobilization for various reasons.

Leopard Immobilisation

If a Leopard is captured the team darts the cat and visitors have the opportunity to aid in data recording and sample collection of immobilized animals. The team then remains with the leopard until it has completely recovered from the darting experience.

Animal Monitoring

All tagged animals are to be located daily (where possible) via telemetry tracking. Each creature has a different degree of acceptance towards people and location of animals is in accordance with this. Wildlife may be located with the research vehicle, from a microlight or through walking.

Wild Dog Program

Erindi Private Game Reserve is one of the few wildlife areas which has successfully reintroduced captive-bred African wild dogs back into a natural environment. The success of the wild dog program lies in intensive management and volunteers may be part of work with the packs. This may include vaccinating of individuals or simply boosting them with a good meal!

Data Recording

All species located and viewed every day must have data sheets filled in on their positions, kills made etc. Volunteers will be given data sheets to record data from their day.

Leopard Project Presentations

Regular presentations on the Erindi Leopards need to be done for guests visiting Erindi Private Game Reserve. If a presentation occurs, volunteers are encouraged to join to learn the functioning of the Global Leopard Project.

Requirements

Candidates may apply and will have to meet all the criteria to be successfully chosen.

  • Please complete the CV form for submission in full.
  • Volunteers must be willing to help with any conservation activity running at the time of joining.
  • Volunteers must be physically fit and willing to get their hands dirty.
  • Volunteers are to organize their own VISA’s and submit copies to Namibian Wildlife Projects before arrival.
  • Volunteers must sign an Indemnity form and submit it in advance.
  • Volunteers must submit a copy of their personal insurance before arrival.
  • Volunteers must submit a copy of their comprehensive medical insurance before arrival.
  • Volunteers are to organize their own transport from point of arrival to Erindi Private Game Reserve.

Please contact Natasha Britz for further information.
SMS: +264 (0)81 125 3565
Email: tasha@globalleopard.com

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