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Work alongside researchers and conservationists to collect data on wild dog, lion and other carnivore populations, habitat and migration.

  • Explore different conservation research techniques used for monitoring populations of wild dogs and big cats.
  • Set up camera traps in key areas and review collected data to monitor animal populations.
  • Learn how to track animals and collect animal spoors to identify key species dietary habits.
  • Help collect data on migration patterns of carnivores in relation to prey distribution and habitat.

Namibia is famous for dramatic scenery and diverse wildlife. Carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, leopards and lions roam the landscapes searching for their next meal, however these fantastic creatures are declining due to habitat loss and the threat of local farmers attacking them to protect livestock.

To further enhance our knowledge of these incredible animals and to help develop conservation strategies to protect them, groups will assist conservationists with their research. To develop understanding, a variety of different research techniques are used. For example, in some locations camera traps are used strategically to record images of animals as they pass by. Setting up these camera trap and helping to review the data collected will be an important part of this project.  

Learning to track different animals is also a key research skill. Whilst in the bush, groups will collect spoor specimens; examining the contents provides a fantastic insight to the dietary habits of an animal.

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Etosha National Park

Zebra, springbok, wildebeest and giraffe at Okaukeujo waterhole

Home to some of the most diverse landscapes in Namibia, Etosha National Park is a haven for a myriad of wildlife and offers some of the finest encounters in Southern Africa.