The Rhino & Elephant Guardian Project
The Rhino and Elephant Project is run on a vast, rugged reserve in the north of Limpopo in South Africa.
The project is dedicated to conserving rhinos and elephants through active tracking and monitoring on a daily basis. It is proven that rhinos which are tracked and monitored regularly are far less likely to be poached than rhinos that are not monitored.
Rhino horns and elephant tusks have been associated with Chinese Herbal Medicines and have been the main reasons for majority of all the local Black and White Rhino deaths putting them back on the endangered species list!
Rhinos are modern day Unicorns
As guardian assistants volunteers will help with the daily locating and monitoring of the rhinos and elephants daily on this 16,500 ha (40,000 acres) reserve! The reserve is home to abundant wildlife including the “big 5”. The size of the reserve means that it will take most of the day to find them, ID them as well as record and report on their movements.
The Rhino and Elephant Project needs enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help us with this very important project to save these animals. The work will be exciting and rewarding for volunteers as the project offers the opportunity for all volunteers to have a once in a life time experience, volunteers at the same time are expected to be ready to dive in and get involved with everything that is going on at the project. The project is quite physical and volunteers must be ready to roll up their sleeves and participate.
Volunteers will spend long periods of time out in the wild and so a love for nature and the outdoors is a must. This is a very adventurous project.
Duties and Responsibilities?Volunteers will definitely gain hands-on experience and lasting memories.
Tracking/monitoring of rhinos and elephant
- Game capture and relocations (seasonal)
- Reserve management and bush clearing
- Maintenance such as fence monitoring and road repair
- Poaching prevention Techniques
- Buffalo monitoring and habituation
- Exciting work with leopards (coming soon!)
- Opportunity for photography enthusiasts to improve their skills and get some stunning photos
Accommodation and Food?
The Rhino and Elephant camp is situated on the reserve with thatched chalets, a main dining area and lounge as well as a swimming pool. There is electricity at the camp. Volunteers will stay in the large round chalets. There are 2 chalets and each chalet can accommodate 5 people. Each chalet has electricity, a bathroom with a flushing toilet, shower (hot water) and basin. Volunteers must bring their own sleeping bag for cold weather, towels and toiletries.
Main meals are provided by a staff member and enjoyed together with the project supervisor. The local town is some distance away, but volunteers will be able to go to town on occasion to get any personal items they may need. Everything else will be provided for them at the project.
Read Ellie's Blog about her time at the Rhino & Elephant Guardian Project
• Sleeping bag – for cold weather months
• Insect repellent
• Hat, sun cream and water bottle
• Torch with batteries
• Personal first aid kit and medication – if required.
• Internet Dongle for your laptop - if required
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