LIONS, CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY PROJECT, VICTORIA FALLS, LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

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Priced from £1037 / EUR 1348 / US$ 1897 / AU$ 2281 for two weeks


You will join ALERT and it’s on on-the-ground partner, Wildlife Encounter, at their operation in Livingstone - Zambia’s gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls.  The project operates within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, in ALERT’s own Dambwa Conservancy, and in the rural communities surrounding these areas.

As a volunteer you can be involved in all aspects of the project, or you can specialise in your area of greatest interest.  

Lion Conservation:  

-  Contribute to research data collection for the Dambwa Release Pride.  Our research is wide ranging, but broadly seeks to evaluate whether the captive born pride is functioning as a wild-born pride does, and whether their offspring are developing akin to their wild counterparts.  You will collect data on a variety of social, territorial and hunting behaviours of the pride.  As a result of your participation you will gain a unique perspective of the inner-workings of a lion pride

-  Care for the captive founder breeding group of lions, and those lions awaiting release, that all need constant care.  You will be involved in behavioural enrichment, enclosure cleaning and meat preparation.

Research:

Research underpins our work in all areas of the project, incorporating both conservation and community programs. 

From the smallest members of the animal kingdom, to the largest, all are vital to the proper functioning of the ecosystem on which they, and lions rely.  You will assist our research effort to:
- Assist in a monitoring programme for a seasonal population (Apr – Oct) of elephants, with a focus on their impact on the ecosystem and conflict with rural communities;
- Collect and identify a vast array of insects to catalogue the entomological diversity in the area, the foundation of a functioning ecosystem;
- Help our carbon dynamic monitoring programme that is assessing the health of the Dambwa Forest, the location of ALERT’s conservancy;
- Record bird sightings to contribute to the Southern Africa Bird Atlas

Our community research focuses on evaluating the success and impact of our interventions – including for example, the progress of participants in our literacy classes.  These classes utilise education materials produced by AXIS Education, TESSA and Happy Readers, so for this intervention you will be trained in how to implement tests to determine the reading age of pupils both before and after a course to assess the effectiveness of each course. 

Teaching & School Development:

We undertake a variety of courses within communities to support the formal education system; all of which are intended to uplift these rural communities, and give them greater opportunities in life.  You will be involved in preparing and leading each of these programmes using our carefully created lesson plans, including conservation education, literacy courses at our Book Clubs, numeracy courses and basic life skills courses.

Conservation

Managing land is often physical.  You could be undertaking a snare-sweep as part of anti-poaching patrols, repairing access roads, removing invasive plant species or clearing areas for fence lines for a new release site.  You will also assist in a reforestation effort that includes caring for trees in our custom built nursery, and transplanting them back into the Dambwa Forest.

 

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