AFRICAN WILDLIFE BIG 5 CONSERVATION PROJECT, SOUTH AFRICA
Based at the award winning Thanda Game Reserve

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Based at the award winning Thanda Game Reserve you will help the team by gathering information in the field and spending time in the bush on conservation initiatives. The focus of this project is to monitor the endangered Big Five African animals (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo) and to assist in vital conservation within the reserve.

To give you an idea of how your time will be split between the different aspects of the program, the following should be taken as an approximation:

Big Five Monitoring 40-50%

Conservation work within the Park 30-40%

Data Recording 10-20%

Your role as a volunteer will include:

• Monitoring the behaviour, feeding patterns and movement of a herd of elephant who were released into the reserve in early 2011.

• Collating and record research data on a pride of lions. This will being in the bush to observe hunting, social,  breeding and territorial behavior at various different times of the day. This also involves some night  drives.

• Monitoring the rhino population to support the data recorded by the anti-poaching team. This will help the reserve managers to understand the health of the animals, which are part of an endangered  species reintroduction programme.

• Capturing data as required by the reserve management team on their ongoing endangered species work.

• Find and remove snares. This is a vital part of the anti-poaching effort.

• Carrying out physical work to help regenerate natural bush from reclaimed farmland including the  prevention of further soil erosion and the removal of old structures to avoid injuries for animals.

• Contributing to the long term strategy of removing alien plant species from the reserve.

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