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Wildlife Conservation and Research - Africa

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Nkonzo Wildlife Research | Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Nkonzo Wildlife Research


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Hours Per Week

Minimum of 14 nights and up to 6 months


The Wildlife Conservation Program is a unique internship and volunteer opportunity that gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to get involved in the conservation and sustainability of African wildlife and ecosystems. Our volunteers, interns, and students are critical in the continuation of our research and conservation efforts. 

Volunteers, interns, and students spend five days per week assisting in various capacities of wildlife conservation. This can be in the form of field work collecting data, analyzing and entering data into our systems, or in the way of workshops and discussion days with our seasoned team members. We leave evenings and weekends open which allows the chance to explore South Africa and take part in various cultural and tourist activities. Based in the beautiful coastal town of Mossel Bay, South Africa our volunteers, interns, and students have a unique experience of working hands on in conservation on a free roaming wildlife reserve while living within walking distance to our blue flag beaches.

​Operating with the embodiment of Nkonzo Wildlife Research ideals and goals, the mantra of “Educate Act Empower” is nowhere more evident than in the Wildlife Conservation Program. Not only are students directly involved in protecting and studying African wildlife and ecosystems but they also undergo educational sessions where the focus is in teaching the bigger picture through the better understanding of conservation biology, animal behaviour, animal ethics and tourism, human-animal coexistence, and the many areas of conservation. Students of the program are assisting in critical hands on research and conservation initiatives in the field that impact the wildlife and environment in both short term and long term goals and solutions These two areas, Educate and Act, work together to foster and facilitate the most important aspect of these ideals, to Empower. Through hands-on initiatives and education students leave Nkonzo with a better understanding of the problems plaguing African wildlife, the efforts being made to assuage these issues, and how they can continue to work with conservation and make a change for the better of wildlife, ecosystems, and our planet as a whole.

 When participating in the Wildlife Conservation Program students are involved in various conservation initiatives and projects within the game reserve. Projects and initiatives are based on previously founded ecological and cognitive knowledge to better improve the welfare of current and future wildlife in Southern Africa. Students assist in all aspects of current reserve needs regarding projects and daily operations. Primary student work will be dedicated to assistance within wildlife management regarding various long-term projects in the way of conservation research. 

​All volunteers, interns, and students rotate through the various initiatives at Nkonzo when participating as a student in the Wildlife Conservation Program, this includes our research. Current work is being done with white rhino social behaviour, elephant habitat utilization of Fynbos, wildlife and roads which is done in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Cape mountain zebra and territoriality, and large ungulate migration. As a volunteer, intern, or student you will be working alongside us in research to observe, collect data, develop projects, and data entry.  

     Please keep in mind that time spent on the various projects will be determined by monthly quotas, weather, and animal cooperation. As a volunteer you will also be trained in some “bush basics” such as survival, track and sign, reading animal behaviour, and ethical approach methods. The team takes great pride in only ethical operations and approaches and find it important to provide the information and understanding to those involved to why we operate in the field the way we do.

All participants must be of reasonably good health, physically and mentally. Students will be required to work days and partial days on foot (the other days will be spent primarily in a vehicle/stationary). During on foot days the team hikes to access the areas needed to complete our work. The trails used are sometimes abandoned roads that are no longer vehicle accessible, or they may be hiking trails and animal pathways. Students must be able to hike up and down hills and across this terrain whilst carrying their own backpack that contains their provided lunch, drinking water, personal snacks, additional layers (weather dependant), and their share of the day’s equipment such as nets, camera traps, clipboards, binoculars, reference books etc. Our team stops frequently on hikes for data collection, tracking, water breaks, and training but students can expect to hike between 5 and 10km on a given day. Please note that this layout of a week may change based on workshop days, animal availability etc. ​


The Wildlife Conservation Program is a unique internship and volunteer opportunity that gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to get involved in the conservation and sustainability of African…

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Benefits

​​ All of our volunteers, interns, and students stay together in Mossel Bay in dormitory (shared) rooms. The facility is highly secure and safe with restricted access that only allows our students, staff, and fellow travelers staying at the facility to enter. The facility also mandates 24/7 security personnel and is located in the safest town in South Africa. 

Students are able to have their included breakfast at the restaurant and are provided basic lunches in the reserve on work days. Students are responsible to supply their own dinners.

     The complex contains many facilities and services for students to take advantage of including; free WiFi, swimming pool, breakfast restaurant, beverage and snack stall, TV lounge, self catering kitchen, braai (BBQ) facilities-fire included, daily housekeeping.

     There are various activities that can be booked for weekends and downtime. Nkonzo also leads multiple weekend trips (2 or 3 nights) to lesser known areas of the Western and Northern Cape that are exclusive to Nkonzo volunteers. 


Please note, these activities are not included and are available at the students’ own expense.

As students stay in Mossel Bay they are also within walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and take-away places.

​​ All of our volunteers, interns, and students stay together in Mossel Bay in dormitory (shared) rooms. The facility is highly secure and safe with restricted access that only allows…

How To Apply

Please contact us via email at info@wildlife-research.com with any questions and your interested dates. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have, no matter how simple.

Please contact us via email at info@wildlife-research.com with any questions and your interested dates. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have, no matter how simple.

Location

Mossel Bay, ZA
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