GVI: Limpopo - South Africa Wildlife Conservation Short Term Internship

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Call the South Africa savannah home for three months while earning wildlife conservation skills, work experience, and relevant qualifications that will set you up for your dream job in conservation on this South African wildlife conservation inter... read more

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Call the South Africa savannah home for three months while earning wildlife conservation skills, work experience, and relevant qualifications that will set you up for your dream job in conservation on this South African wildlife conservation internship.

Description:

Join our international team, on a private nature reserve, one hour from Kruger National Park to work on conservation projects with leading local and international conservation organisations working with: Implanted Lions and Cheetahs, doing general predator monitoring and monitoring their distribution, feeding ecology, competition, sustainability General predator and mega-herbivore monitoring: Hyena, leopard, lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino and buffalo Spatial distribution, feeding focuses, rhino monitoring. You will have the opportunity to live and work with international participants and GVI staff members in the heart of the Savannah landscape.  The main project our team works on is recording the number and species of animals in the reserve to assist management with maintaining a healthy balance of predators and prey.

Project Highlights:


  • Track & Sign - learn to track African wildlife and how to use this skill in day-to-day applications.  Be taught practical experience and be assessed on a frequent basis to be able to quantify your skills in tracking animals, including the Big 5. 

  • Learn to identify predators, like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, as well as megaherbivores like elephants and rhinos. 

  • Listen to the quiet hush of the wild open spaces, waking each morning to a chorus of savannah birds and drifting off to the nighttime hum of endemic frogs and crickets. 

  • Birding - In-depth birding, covering key identifications for any level of birder, building on life lists and being able to recall a vast array of calls. 

  • Camera Trap Research - manage your own segment of a wide-scale camera trap study, analysing data from cryptic species occurring on the range, building information that goes towards the greater data set with the possibilities of being put into scientific journals. 

  • Southern Africa Ecology - be given the opportunity to learn core scientific principles of environmental conservation whilst surrounded by one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world that touch millions of people every year.

What's included:

  • 24-hour emergency phone

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)

  • All necessary project equipment and materials

  • Comprehensive training program that encompasses theory lectures, group study and field practise

  • Location orientation

  • Long term experienced staff

  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)

  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)

  • Welcome meeting


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
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