Carnivore Conservation and Research in Namibia

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Run by: The Great Projects

Reference number: Carnivore Conservation and Research - 10% Off

From: £1075.00

The 14,500-hectare project site located in the breath-taking Namibian desert was acquired by the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary in 2012. The site was bought for the team to start reintroducing cheetah, leopard and brown hyena back into the wild. As Neuras is an active vineyard the team saw a unique opportunity to incorporate the two and have created a successful model for animal conservation.

Carnivores that have been released here have all be impacted by human-animal conflict. Sadly, numerous carnivores are shot by local farmers as they believe these animals are a threat to their livestock and due to this carnivore numbers have decreased.

This carnivore research project has a strong focus on data collection and as a volunteer, you’ll assist in the observation and monitoring of carnivores in the area. The data gathered here is used to show the farmers that these animals are not a threat to their livelihoods and to gain a better understanding of these threated species.

Activities

Cheetah Feeding

Seven rescued cheetahs call the Neuras site home, living in a 50-hectare enclosure. As a volunteer, you’ll be involved in all aspects of caring for these beautiful carnivores. You’ll be part of food preparation, feeding them and cleaning their enclosures. Messy but amazing work!

Game Counts 

Volunteers partake in regularly game-counts to monitor the sites herbivore and carnivore populations. The project team will drive along different transect routes in the study areas while you and your small team record the numbers, sex, age, and group compositions of local mammals.

Camera Traps 

As a volunteer, you’ll help to set camera-traps. These cameras record 24/7 and are an extremely useful tool for monitoring nocturnal and elusive animals, as well as determining the area in which these animals are present. You’ll help to not only place the camera traps but also collecting, entering and assessing the data retrieved from them. 

Hiking and Exploring 

At the Neuras site, you’ll be able to enjoy hiking and exploring the diverse landscapes. Volunteers will learn all about the native fauna and flora from the project team and will witness the varied and dramatic environment surrounding them.

Capture, Mark, Release

GPS collars are an essential tool for monitoring carnivore activity, especially for the more elusive types such as leopards. Volunteers may be involved in the capture, mark, release of a carnivore if deemed necessary by project staff or if a carnivore needs their collars replaced. This unique opportunity allows you to see these magnificent animals up close. However, please note that is not a guaranteed activity.

Helping with Wine Making

If you’re visiting during the wine-making season (Jan-Mar) you may be involved in making wine and even tasting a glass or two! Money made from selling the wine heads straight back into animal conservation efforts so getting involved with wine-making is a truly beneficial experience. 

Radio Telemetry Tracking

The GPS collars are extremely useful but unfortunately, lack some much-needed information on our carnivore friends. As a volunteer, you’ll join the research team in tracking down collared carnivores using radio telemetry. You’ll observe these animals in person and assess their health, prey selection and breeding successes. Please note that this is not a guaranteed activity.  

Queens Commonwealth Canopy Project

A recent revegetation project has been implemented at the Neuras site in order to aid the conservation of Namibia’s indigenous trees. Volunteers are involved in this project and will help to take care of the nurseries by planting, watering and repotting trees.

Other Activities

Volunteers are able to swim in neighbouring natural springs and for an additional fee can book trips to Sossusvlei, home to the world’s highest sand dunes and hiking in the Naukluft Mountains.  

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