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Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Programme Highlights:Become part of the team at Shamwari Game Reserve and work amongst Africa's Big Five, Game monitoring and counting to assist in monitoring the ecological balance on the Game Reserve Track and monitor pre
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme offers a once in a lifetime chance to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the Game Reserve. Wildlife conservation volunteers take part in game monitoring, assisting at the Born Free big cat sanctuary, looking after orphaned animals at the wildlife rehabilitation centre and much more. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of game reserves and home to the coveted Big five on one of the largest conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, and is located in a malaria-free environment. Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration. Individuals, groups, families and students doing research all welcome.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Programme Highlights:Become part of the team at Shamwari Game Reserve and work amongst Africa's Big Five, Game monitoring and counting to assist in monitoring the ecological balance on the Game Reserve Track and monitor predators (Lions and Leopards) and large herbivores (Rhinos and Elephants), Set out camera traps and do anti poaching night drives and Work alongside conservationists and enjoy related lectures and talks. Wildlife conservation volunteers will have the chance to assist with many on-going short and long term projects. However, due to the nature of working in and around wildlife and a reliance on prevailing conditions, there is no guarantee that you will be involved in all projects during your placement.

The Shamwari Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Programme is a once in a lifetime chance to get behind-the-scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of the world-renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. A fully operational 25 000 hectare Big Five Game Reserve - all projects undertaken are based around the requirements of the various short and long-term conservation projects and the need for assistance by the award-winning Shamwari Wildlife and Conservation Department.
Setting Description:
Shamwari Game Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, only an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. This area historically had an abundance of wild game roaming free with one of the richest wildlife areas on the African continent. The Eastern Cape is famous for a number of other game reserves. The great herds of Knysna Forest elephants were almost totally eradicated at the turn of this century and in 1931 there were only 11 elephants remaining. Miraculously, the man most responsible for nearly wiping out an entire species had a dramatic change of heart and spent the remainder of life fighting for a safe haven to conserve these rare and wonderful animals. Addo National Park and the Mountain Zebra Park saw almost exactly the same thing happen to the rare mountain zebra. Shot to the brink of extinction, in the 1930s this rare species struggled to come back. Today, there are over 200 in the park. On 15th October 1992, Shamwari was officially opened, and an Animal Rescue and
Cost:
The costs for the project are as follows: 2 weeks is £695, 3 weeks is £975, 4 weeks is £1255, 6 weeks is £1795 and 8 weeks is £2335. This cost includes all on site meals, accommodation within the Game Reserve, linen (bedding), laundry once weekly, cleaning twice weekly, all on-reserve conservation activities and training, tea and coffee, WorkingAbroad backup and support. What is not included is your flights and travel to and from the Game Reserve, visa costs, personal expenses, and your own hea

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