Volunteer Abroad – Experience Africa’s Bushland
NOTICE: This job has now expired and will not be accepting any more
Hanchi Conservation Project will be taking conservation work from horseback to new levels in 2010, managing endangered roan and stunning sable antelope breeding herds from horseback and studying some of Africa’s most elusive and persecuted predators.
Hanchi, meaning Horse in the local Shangaan language, brings horse riding and conservation together in a unique setting, where volunteers play a vital role in the preservation of stunning predators through educational research and assist in the breeding of endangered and rare species.
For novices to experienced equestrians, Hanchi Conservation Project can host all levels of rider from 2 weeks to 3 months. Set on a vast reserve in the rugged and wild bushland of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, the management of the endangered roan antelope is critical to it’s survival in the wild. The sensitivity of the horse makes them ideal partners in traversing the bush, ensuring game are less stressed and by nature alerting you to young and elusive animals.
Volunteering work includes:
- Equine husbandry and care,
- including disease control
- Equine tack and yard maintenance
- Roan and sable monitoring,
- studying densities,
- ages and condition Predator monitoring - young antelope are very vulnerable in bush and require monitoring to ensure predation levels from cheetah and hyena are minimal
- Fence line patrols of inner sable and roan camps and the greater reserve
- Disease free buffalo habituation from horseback on the greater reserve
- Predator conservation work on the greater reserve is a unique inclusion to this project. Working with cheetah, leopard and brown hyena, volunteers will;
- Observe hunting and feeding behaviour, including kills, and social interactions
- Record GPS positions to determine home ranges and movement patterns
Uniquely, cheetah are almost exclusively approached on foot at this project. follow in the footsteps of these wonderful and endangered predators; moving when they move, resting when they rest and watching them stalk, hunt and feed.
- Founded in 1999
- Strong responsible travel policy and ethos
- Ideal for a unique holiday, honeymoon, gap year, career break and sabbatical
- Expert team consisting of zoologists, conservationists and marine biologists sets African Conservation Experience apart from their competitors
Any Location, Rest of the World, UK locations