Wild elephants research project

Overview

Since 2008, the Wildlife Sanctuary has worked tirelessly to engage Namibian landowners and ranchers in the issue that poses the greatest challenge to the conservation of endangered wildlife: the conflict between humans and wildlife. 

The impact of human activity on native wildlife has never been more apparent than in two of Africa’s iconic species: the African Wild Dog and the African Elephant. 

To remedy this, Wildlife Sanctuary researchers are working on this project in northern Namibia to better understand the levels and causes of the conflict between these two species and the local population.

Important information

  • Minimum age requirement of 18
  • Volunteer for 1 – 12 Weeks
  • Airport transfers included
  • All transport to project included
  • Accommodation & Meals provided
  • Price starting from 704€ (2019)

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  • Applications are free
  • 24 hour response time
  • 2-week period to accept service offer
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The project is located in a huge, 2000 km2 area, including the National Park. The vegetation is dense and allows even the largest species to disappear right in front of your eyes. The project contacts Namibian landowners and farmers to resolve the human-animal conflict.

All incidents that have led to a conflict between humans and animals are recorded accurately. This includes, for example, the damage to the infrastructure by the elephants or the plundering of livestock by the wild dogs. The understanding of the farmer’s views also plays an important role here. Only when one understands their points of view, a plan can be drawn up, how the protection of the animals and the living together of humans and animals can be ensured in the future.

Volunteer tasks:

You support the researchers and employees in the project by identifying and documenting the movement and activities of elephants and wild dogs. This is done by the use of GPS systems, modern camera surveillance and traditional footprint reading. Due to the observation of the animals with the help of GPS transmitters, their behavior is studied and therefore serves as an important basis for conflict resolution. In addition, volunteers go with the researchers to the affected communities or farms to talk to people and find a solution that is in their mutual interest.

You will spend a lot of time out at the research station, so it is important that you are physically fit. But the reward is indescribable – you will be able to see the wild animals up close!

  • GPS tracking 
  • Camera traps
  • Animal observations and animal counts 
  • Data analysis 
  • Conflict assessment 
  • Community work

Volunteer work hours:

  • Volunteers are expected to work 8 hours per day.
  • Working days depends on the current situation on the research site, you should be willing to be flexible. 

Important information regarding the project:

  • Are there internet facilities available at the project? There is no internet available. Recommended to buy a local sim card. 
  • How many volunteers can help? 12 Volunteers at any given time.
  • Any medical recommendations? The project recommends tetanus and rabies vaccine.

You live in one of the administrative buildings in the municipality. The accommodations are shared with other volunteers and researchers. Bedding and towels are provided, but you should bring a sleeping bag. There is electricity and hot water, but no internet (only for emergencies).

You get three meals a day. The dinner is cooked alternately in the evening together. There is also a traditional braai on one evening. Vegetarian food is available but must be booked in advance.

Summary:

  • Accommodation provided administrative buildings in the municipality. (Shared)
  • Bedding & towels provided
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Swimming pool & BBQ (Barbeque area)
  • 3 Meals provided daily (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

The prices:

 

2019:

 

Weeks Price
1 704€
2 1208€
3 1712€
4 2216€
Extra weeks 505€/week
2020:
Weeks Price
1 805€
2 1359€
3 1914€
4 2468€
Extra weeks 555€/week

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Our services:

 

Before departure:

 

  • Placement at project personally visited & approved by a Claim Victory member.
  • Detailed information & service package with all needed information
  • Flight advice & checking of travel insurance
  • List of fellow travelers who will be joining you at the project

 

On-site:

 

  • Airport transfers (Pick up & drop off) at Windhoek airport (Hosea Kutako international airport)
  • 1 Night accommodation in Windhoek provided (Breakfast included)
  • All project-related transport
  • All project-related costs (Accommodation, meals & activities)
  • Dedicated volunteer coordinator located on-site at the project
  • 24/7 Local emergency assist number of Claim Victory

 

After return:

 

  • Feedback/Debriefing (Optional)
  • Certificate of volunteering (Optional)
Tours:

Want to get the most out of your visit to Namibia? Why not add a tour to your adventure!

2019: (Please note: If you book in 2019, to start in 2020, we will still give you the rate below)
  • Windhoek Namibia introduction experience (+200€)
  • 7 Day Cape Town experience (+349€)
  • 7 Day Garden route adventure (+600€)
  • 14 Day South Africa experience (Cape Town and Garden route combination) (+890€)
2020:
  • Namibia introduction experience (+240€)
  • 7 Day Cape Town experience (To be released 01 December 2019)
  • 7 Day Garden route adventure (To be released 01 December 2019)
  • 14 Day South Africa experience (Cape Town and Garden route combination) (To be released 01 December 2019)

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