LARGE PREDATORS RESEARCH & CONSERVATION, SOUTH AFRICA
Collect data and conduct vital research on large predators

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Collect data and conduct vital research on large predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena to provide information for the Thanda Foundation. This will involve being in the bush to observe hunting, social, breeding and territorial behaviour at various different times of the day.

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:

Large Predator Research and Monitoring 40-50%

Conservation work within the Park 30-40%

Data Recording 10-20%

During your volunteering time you will be specifically focusing on the hunting, social, territorial and reproductive behaviours of the lion and leopard populations.  Other data will also be collected to improve our understanding of the animals' behaviours.  The monitoring of the wildlife through close observations and research initiatives plays a vital role in the ongoing conservation and protection of Africa’s Big Cats!

This project will give you the opportunity to learn about these beautiful animals as well as give you an authentic experience of life in the African bush.  You will be working in a changing, dynamic environment which is determined by the movement and activities of the animals.  Each individual contribution is significant in helping us to achieve our long term goals.

Your role as a volunteer will include:

• Collating and recording research data on the lions and leopards. This will involve being in the bush to observe hunting, social, breeding and territorial behaviour at various different times of the day.
• Be involved in night drives to monitor the movements of the predators.
• Capturing data as required by the reserve management team on their ongoing endangered species work.
• Finding and removing 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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