Namibia carnivore conservation & research project

“Join a carnivore conservation team at a research site in central Namibia where you'll be staying in a converted farmhouse as part of a small group for a minimum of 16 nights.”

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Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary | carnivore research site at Kanaan | Research work includes the following: data recording, mapping, radio telemetry, game counts, carnivore feeding activities, maintenance and security |

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2017: 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec
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Environment

With over a third of the world's cheetah population, Namibia is at the centre of the species' struggle for survival. It is estimated that 95% of cheetah numbers in Namibia live outside of protected areas of conservation, meaning that they are readily killed by farmers who view them as a threat to livestock. Because of this, cheetah numbers are falling, resulting in their endangerment something which the project is addressing and trying to halt.

The Carnivore Conservation and Research Project focuses on reversing this pattern, aiming to alleviate existing human-wildlife conflict, through new approaches and assessing whether the translocation of cheetahs and leopards is a viable, long-term option for dealing with this conflict. The project locates proven 'problem carnivores', at risk of being killed and tracks their safe reintroduction into protected conservation areas. Volunteer in Namibia and you will play a vital role in this process of working up-close with these incredible cats, and thus actively contributing to their protection and conservation.

Whilst on the trip, you will be staying in a recently renovated farmhouse, which has been restored. This farmhouse has been, and still is, a part of the natural landscape and as it has become part of the environment in Kanaan it does not intrude upon the natural landscape. The farmhouse uses environmental measures, and we ask that guests please be conservative with resources, particularly water in this arid region.

Community

This project has a solid focus on the human-animal conflict and aims to build a better understanding between locals and the wild creatures found in Kanaan. Anti-poaching patrols also go on at the site, which volunteers will be expected to join.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


My most memorable activity was actually my first where I returned a greeting to a baboon as indicated by the guides, I later had to endure a grooming from one of the baboons. The most exciting part was heading to the Big Daddy sand dune in Sossusvlei. Kind of what I always imagined an adventure to be.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Two weeks is not enough, to get the most out of your time at this project you'll need to be there at least a month and then there's the other sites to consider.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


This vacation definitely helped in supporting conservation, and my understanding of what it takes. I might have always understood the nature of the tasks but in the end I knew it played some part.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Downsides, the site can get awfully crowded and more pricey than you'd think, upsides there's loads to do, genuinely something new everyday. To those looking for a quieter and slower pace then I'd advise to book yourself a trip to one of the research sites that cater for smaller groups.

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