Desert Elephant Conservation

Location: Namibia: Gobabis, Grootfontein, Karasburg and 4 other cities

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 5-8 Weeks, 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

Pod Volunteer

https://www.podvolunteer.org/

3 Crescent Terrace Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3PE England

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Phone: + 44 (0) 1242 241 181

Description

Join an award-winning elephant conservation team to help protect and research desert elephants in Namibia. Construct walls to protect farmers’ water infrastructure and build drinking points for elephants to help reduce conflict within the local community. Camp out under the stars in the beautiful Namibian desert whilst immersing yourself in pioneering conservation work.

The project helps to reduce conflict between elephants and farmers by building protective structures around water sources and creating safe water drinking points for elephants. The team also researches the elephants’ movement and distribution, and compiles identikits on herds and individual elephants.

Highlights

The project helps to reduce conflict between elephants and farmers by building protective structures around water sources and creating safe water drinking points for elephants. The team also researches the elephants’ movement and distribution, and compiles identikits on herds and individual elephants.

The volunteer role rotates weekly; the first role is based at a community building project and the second involves researching the elephant population out in the desert.
Community building

For building the walls and drinking points, tasks may include:

Digging foundations
Rock collection
Mixing cement
Building walls
Maintenance and repairs of previous projects

Research and tracking

The research project gives volunteers the opportunity to learn how to track elephants and assist the research staff in monitoring the movements of elephants in the region. Volunteers may be involved in:

Recording elephant movement patterns using GPS positions
Compiling and updating the herds identification notes
Documenting new births, deaths and other important events such as mating
Collecting elephant dung for DNA sampling
Noting any issues relating to the elephants health and well-being

Depending on the elephants’ location, a whole day may be spent driving to track the elephants or if they are close by, monitoring the elephants.

Working days and hours

When you arrive at the building site you will help to set up the camp where you will be based that week. Volunteers then work each day generally between 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm, with a two hour lunch break in between.

During the elephant research and tracking week, after breakfast, the team follow and monitor the elephants, stopping for lunch before normally setting up a new camp location in the late afternoon.

Volunteers assist with making three meals each day over the camp fire.

Volunteers will rotate between the base, building site and elephant tracking camp site. Every two weeks volunteers will head back to Swakopmund on Friday.

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

24/7 support
Food
Induction and training

Credit Available

no

Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Water Projects
  • Environment
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Conservation
  • Animal Welfare
Age Range
18 - 80 +
This Program is open to

American, European, Canadian, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Worldwide, Asian, British, Irish Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Other

Participants Travel to Namibia

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Year Founded

2001

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