Run by: The Great Projects
Reference number: Shamwari Conservation Experience
Start Dates are every Monday of each month. This project does not run over theChristmas period, please see website for more.
Join the Shamwari ConservationExperience to volunteer in South Africa and to be involved with theconservation efforts of the world renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. Years offarming and human development turned the formerly biodiverse lands of Shamwariinto derelict farmland. However, the efforts of this project and volunteersmean the lands have been reformed to their former glory and an array offascinating plant and animal species inhabit it once more.
With a dedicated wildlifedepartment, Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Animal Hospital and Rhino AwarenessCentre, volunteers will gain first-hand experience and insight to Shamwarithrough a vast array of tasks during their time here.
The objective is to give volunteersan opportunity to personally experience and add value to a project which hasbeen globally recognised for its conservation efforts and expertise.
Game count& monitoring
Annual game counts of species (including rhino, elephants, lions,leopards and antelope) are carried out in order to establish the carryingcapacity of the reserve, the movement of animals to and from the area, as wellas predator to prey ratios.
Telemetrytracking & research
Telemetry tracking (or tracking using remote sources such as wireor radio) is used throughout Shamwari - particularly with regards to the moreelusive species like cheetah and leopards.
Restorationand rehabilitation of reserve landscapes and fencing
This is integral to the wellbeing of the reserve and ensures itslong-term revival as a pristine landscape suitable for an extensive collectionof flora and fauna.
Maintenanceof the reserve as a healthy breeding centre
Shamwari is an important breeding centre for a variety of species.Management here can refer to anything from veld (open country or grassland)conditions assessment, mapping of breeding areas, mapping of alien vegetation,monitoring animal numbers and managing water points.
An essential part of your volunteer duties here, alien plantcontrol helps to get rid of unwanted (and potentially poisonous plants) andincrease the natural biodiversity of the reserve, as well as decrease firerisk.
Volunteeringat Born Free Foundation
An opportunity will be given on a weekly basis for individuals tovolunteer with big cats (lions and leopards) at the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary- a world-renowned animal rehabilitation centre.
Volunteeringat the Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre was set up to aid in therehabilitation of injured animals found on the reserve and surroundingcommunity. The aim is to give the animals the short-term care they need so thatthey can be successfully released back into the environment.
This responsibility involves the education of local communities inthe benefits of conserving biodiversity and stresses the importance ofconserving the natural habitats of Shamwari and the surrounding area. Weeklytrips are made into the local community to assist in various community projectsthat range from creating and maintaining vegetable gardens, recycling projects,painting classrooms and building jungle gyms.
These projects are often undertaken in conjunction with both localand foreign research and academic institutions. They may range from elephantfertility testing to capturing data on lesser-known species such as BrownHyena.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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