Namibia's wild desert elephants are in severe danger of disappearing. The prevalence of poaching and hunting over the past decades have brought the desert elephant population to the brink of extinction - and they are now only found in two countries in the world. This project aims to protect and preserve the small number of wild desert elephants that still survive in Namibia.
What is this project about?
Life in the desert is difficult for both animals and humans alike. With restricted access to water and food, competition for survival is paramount. You will be working with a local NGO to preserve the relations between communities and their local elephant neighbours, ensuring the survival of this ancient and fascinating species. This involves both monitoring the elephants and doing construction work within the community.
What will I be doing?
You will be getting involved in a vital conservation volunteering project, helping to preserve and protect the dwindling wild elephant population. The project is two-fold, combining working to help protect the farmers’ water sources and tracking the desert elephants to learn more about their movements- and which farms might be considered at risk.
First week: You will spend your time helping to build walls around farmers' water sources. This will allow the elephants to drink safely without destroying the farmers' land and water.
Second week: You will be helping to track the elephants through the desert. This will involve collecting data on their movements, identifying the elephants and speaking with locals.
Volunteers staying for longer than 2 weeks will alternate this schedule.
Project highlights include:
Accommodation and food
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