Elephants in Africa are under increased pressure due to loss of habitat and increased hunting pressure. China has recently legalised ivory and so the trade to the east combined with the increased wealth in Asia has multiplied the pressures upon what was a recovering species. As farmers settle more and more land, there are also increased instances of human / elephant conflict. Thus research into the behaviour of elephants and their needs within reserves is becoming increasingly vital to the long term conservation of the species. Rise before the sun to go out on a game drive when the animals are most active. With your telemetry equipment you’ll learn to track and locate elephants and record the relevant data. You’ll return to base for lunch to take a break during the hottest part of the day. Then, there is a late afternoon game drive which will end just before sunset when you return to relax and cook dinner with your fellow volunteers.
Spend time out on the reserve in game vehicles, collecting behavioural data on elephants Live in the heart of the Africa bush, waking to the sun and sounds of the wilderness Learn a variety of new skills, including mammal and bird identification, tracking, ecology and bush first aid
12 January 09 February 09 March 06 April 04 May 01 June, 29 June 27 July 24 August 21 September 19 October- 14n, 28n, 42n, 56n ONLY 16 November- 14n, 28n ONLY
Durban International Airport
14 nights, 28n, 42n, 56n, 70n or 84 nights
Airport pick-up on the start date Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared) All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals) Welcome meeting and location orientation All necessary project training by experienced staff All necessary project equipment and materials (personal kit not included) 24-hour in-country support Required transportation for the duration of your stay Comprehensive training program that encompasses theory lectures, group study and field practice
Flights Medical and travel insurance Visa costs Personal kit Additional drinks and gratuities (Weekend Meals) Extra local excursions International and domestic airport taxes