Veterinary, Animal Science, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Managment Forestry, Conservation, Ornithology, Hospitality

  • Internship posted by Muller Stud Namibia

Hours per week

8 hours a day / 3 - 6 Months

Published

10/09/2018

Address

Outjo
Kunene
Namibia

Description

African Adventure

Come experience Africa at its best, while your contribution will help with Namibia's Rhino conservation...


Our Intern Program consists of the following:


CONSERVATION / FORESTRY

  • Vegetation mapping
  • Assessment of vegetation types. 
  • What problems are there concerning vegetation
  • Invasive plants, what types do we have, and in which parts of the farm are they growing?
  • How can we eradicate these? 
  • Carrying capacity, bush encroachment management. 
  • How to deal with soil erosion & applying techniques to combat soil erosion


ANIMAL & FARM MANAGEMENT

Husbandry / Veterinary / Animal Science / Wildlife Biology / Wildlife Management


  • Day to day cleaning: Cleaning of water sources and feeding bowls, cleaning of tack, cleaning of camps.  Hygiene where food is prepared. 
  • Basic care & Fieldwork: Identification of animal, condition determination, health, wounds, any abnormalities, pregnancy, calving, record keeping, reacting to problems, etc.
  • Feeding: In the dry season, the wildlife will be fed.  This is a great time to get information on the individual animal.  Assist in preparation of the food for the different animals, feeding, and monitoring (as mentioned in basic care & Farm work).
  • Assist in training of animals: Getting individual animals into specific areas for capture if wounded or for other management purposes.  Getting feeding areas up and running:  development of fences and cable, possible electric wire, clear rocks, and possible bush clearing.  Ensure gates work correctly.
  • Camp management: Field assessment on the vegetation diversity and palatability so that the camps are stocked adequately.
  • Necessary maintenance: Check water troughs and pipelines for leaks and any problems as well as fences.
  • Administration: Record keeping of all animals,
  • Clinic and Laboratory: Help to collect material that the clinic need for DNA samples, like scat photos as well as working together with the sick and injured animals.  The two sections will work closely together.
  • Camera traps: Downloading and viewing of photos, making notes, and placing them incorrect files.


VETERINARY

Veterinary/Animal Science/Wildlife Biology/Wildlife Management


  • Game capture:  Help with game capture 
  • Injured animals:  Help treat and look after the sick and wounded animals
  • Clinic and Laboratory:  Help in the clinic & lab with the work that is being processed at that time, like DNA samples
  • Administration:  Help with day to day administration
  • Clinic: Cleaning of the clinic, equipment
  • Game Count:  Herbivores of all sizes are an integral part of African ecosystems. It is creatural to understand local ungulate population dynamics and migrations to ensure enough water supply.  At the same time, ungulate populations need to be assessed against the available vegetation to avoid damage to the ecosystem, for example from overgrazing. The volunteers will participate in regular game counts on either horseback, in the hide at the waterhole or by car to assist these monitoring efforts.  Muller Stud is home to large herds of Oryx (gemsbok), Kudu, Eland, Sable, Water Buck, Springbuck and many more, but also contains fewer known species such as the Dik-Dik, Klipspringer etc.  Ostrich populations will also be counted.
  • Camera Traps:  This resource is also vital to the reserve and helps with identification as well as continuous monitoring of wildlife populations we also rely on motion-triggered camera traps.  Because the cameras record data 24/7 and every day of the year, they often capture information that humans might have missed.  The cameras are non-selective and therefore capture data on all wildlife that pass in front of them, be they carnivores, herbivores, birds or others. This helps the researchers assess which species are present, and where they are most active, especially for animals that are usually very cryptic or entirely nocturnal such as the Hyena’s, Cheetahs and even the Bush babies. The cameras are non-invasive and sometimes record interesting behavioural data that we would otherwise have no access to. Volunteers will help set cameras in the field (for example at water points, cheetah marking trees, caves etc.), maintain them (refresh batteries and memory cards) but also go through the abundance of images to assess and structure the data recorded.


EQUINE STUDIES & VETERINARY


Help set up our horse stables, tack room & feed room

  • Building:   Building of stables
  • Horse care: day to day grooming & feeding
  • Training:  training and exercising the horses, should have experience riding and be able to provide evidence of it, riding helmets compulsory
  • Farrier (must have knowledge in this field):  ensuring horses hooves are well trimmed and looked after
  • Cleaning:  cleaning of stables, tack, and tack room
  • Patrols:  doing daytime patrols around the farm on horseback should have experience riding and be able to provide evidence of it, riding helmets compulsory


RESEARCH & DATA BASING

Veterinary, Wildlife Management, Ornithology/Wildlife Biology


We are looking for students who can help do research and build a database on various animals & submitting data to ADU (Animal Demography Unit, http://www.adu.uct.ac.za/) All volunteers & interns create their own account with ADU & download BirdLasser App fr this purpose)

Research of the following species:


  • Spotted hyenas
  • Brown Hyena
  • Cheetah
  • Termite mount (mushrooms) Omajovas
  • Bird species – Bird ringing & research/collecting data on local species(working with SAFRING)
  • Insect species
  • Reptile species


Databasing the farms own species list & submitting data to ADU (Animal Demography Unit, http://www.adu.uct.ac.za/


  • Birds http://sabap2.adu.org.za/ BirdLasser App(free)
  • Wildlife mammals
  • Predators
  • Insect
  • Tree Species
  • Vegetation & Grass
  • Snakes
  • Insects
  • Nocturnal species


HORN GROWTH OF WHITE RHINO

Veterinary/Wildlife Management/Wildlife Biology


You have measurements of each rhino horn after we dehorned.  It would be interesting to put all this data together and see what the growth is on average.   An average horn growth (25-66 mm per year).  You can then see which individual grows a lot, and which not. Maybe see what the relation is between the length and the base (if the base is thicker, does it grow slower in length?) 

It might be interesting to see if there are changes between camps, in which camp do the rhino horns grow faster?  Can that be related to field/nutrition?


HYENA & CHEETAH RESEARCH

Veterinary/Wildlife Management/Wildlife Biology


Hyena & Cheetah is a problem for the surrounding cattle farms, as cattle are an easy target many of the farmers are losing their livestock to these predators and are being poisoned. 

Will collaring and tracking help these animals?  A funding campaign will be needed for this, any ideas on how to go about raising funds?

What can be done for these predators to co-exist with the surrounding livestock farms?


IMPACT OF RABIES ON DIFFERENT WILDLIFE SPECIES

Veterinary/Wildlife Management/Wildlife Biology


Every year, a number of wildlife dies to rabies virus especially Kudu & Eland.

Why do only some animals get affected?

Where does rabies come from?

What can prevent rabies?


TANNIN POISONING

Veterinary/Wildlife Management/Wildlife Biology


The production of tannins as a defence mechanism by plants has been researched and proven. It is only during the past 20 – 30 years that the true economic impact on game has become evident as more and more game farms are fenced off.

The purpose of this review is to state facts from research and explain why animals die from tannin poisoning as well as to suggest certain measures which can reduce the effects of tannin toxicity on game farms.

Different types of tannins are produced and affect animals differently.

What can be done to prevent this?

Which animals are affected?

What are the symptoms?


FAECES & PREGNANCY

Veterinary/Wildlife Management/Wildlife Biology


In 2008, there has been a research on a field test which can predict pregnancy in wildlife, by using faeces.  Now we take blood (during immobilization of the animal) and send these samples to South-Africa.  This is both time-consuming and costly. We would like to try these field tests and compare it to the blood results to find out whether this would be a better method for us to determine pregnancy in our wildlife.  During feeding we regularly see them defecating, so collecting faeces should not be a problem.     


WORM BURDEN IN WILDLIFE

veterinary/wildlife management/wildlife biology


We would like to know how high the worm burden of our wildlife is. This can be done by examining worm eggs in the faces under a microscope.

Does the worm burden differ per camp?  According to the literature, what is an acceptable burden and when should you deworm?


NUTRITION

veterinary/wildlife management/wildlife biology


In the dry season, our wildlife is supplemented with a specially mixed food and Lucerne.  We would like to compare the contents of the food with literature.  Do the animals get what they need? How does this differ with the wild vegetation?     


GENETICS

veterinary/wildlife management/wildlife biology


What determines good animal genetics?  Is there any literature on this topic? 


FIELD SURVEY

veterinary/wildlife management/wildlife biology/forestry


Grass analysing, bush encroachment and weeds, as well as poisons plants all, need to be managed.

The carrying capacity of the 32427 acres needs to be done on a yearly basis to ensure that the correct number of species and species diversity is held.


BUSHBABIES (Galago Senegalensis)

veterinary/wildlife management/wildlife biology


The lesser Bushbaby is named due to its wailing cry, a sound which is often heard at night in woodland areas.  They are renowned for their spectacular leaping abilities between trees. They are a most attractive mammal, with their soft furry bodies, thick bushy tails, huge eyes and extremely mobile, membranous ears.  Bushbabies are nocturnal and arboreal (live in trees) and family groups ranging in size from 2 to 7 members.  At times they may venture on the ground when they walk either on their hind legs or on all fours.  Although family groups hold small territories, foraging for food is done alone.

What is the bushbaby’s diet?

What colour are they?

When does breeding take place?

How long is the oestrus & gestation period?

Where do they hide during the day?


FENCING

wildlife management/conservation


We would like to receive advice about our fences.  What can we do to make sure small antelope can go through, but large game not?

Is there also something we can do to prevent them from getting the poles out? Is there something to deter them, besides electricity? 

Besides the project which the student will do, he or she will also be involved in every aspect of the farm; husbandry (game and horses), maintenance, game management, administration, practice darting, possibly assist in capture immobilization, field management.    

Some of the tasks will be:

Wildlife husbandry (monitoring, feeding, hygiene etc.)

Horse husbandry (monitoring, feeding, hygiene).  If wanted students can ride and monitor wildlife on horseback. The student should bring his/her own hard hat. Besides horses, we have some donkeys that walk together with the horses.

Administration (daily updates on individual animals, identification of photos etc.) 

Fence and maintenance checking while driving

Other work, such as checking of camera traps, lab work, wildlife monitoring, basic vet care (vaccinating, deworming)


TOURISM 

hospitality/hotel/lodge management/chef


  • Catering:   helping with food preparation for guests
  • Housekeeping:  ensuring the camp and rooms are clean & up keeping of the tented camp
  • Gardening:  Help set up & grow our garden around the tented camp
  • Volunteer & Rest Camp:  Cleaning and well-run volunteer camp

Benefits

  • Accommodation
  • Bedding
  • Fully Finished facility
  • Fully equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, stove, cutlery & crockery)
  • Washing Machine
  • Wifi


Euro 500 per month

How To Apply

info@mullerstud.com
http://www.mullerstud.com

Please email us at info@mullerstud.com for application form and visa information


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