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Alain participated in the Wildlife Monitoring mission, South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in December 2019
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My participation

The working sessions consisted of monitoring animals at risk with the monitors. During the period when I intervened, we followed wild dogs, cheetahs and lions. We used a scanner to locate the animals by their collar. The volunteers were installed at the back of the 4x4, outside to regularly carry out measurements then to note the state and the situation of spotted animals. We started at 4 am with a break from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. then stop at 19 p.m.

My expectations

The mission was what I expected except the weather. It rained for the vast majority of the time which seems normal for the rainy season, but what I had underestimated was that it was relatively cold (14 degrees). It is therefore necessary to plan the clothes accordingly. I was very pleasantly surprised by the richness of the park, especially by the black and white rhinos.

My advice

Plan to work on your English before leaving, the monitors spoke quickly with an accent close to English but without paying much attention to our level, otherwise they were rather attentive to us.

What I retain

She reassured me about the rhino situation which seems to me to be under control in South Africa. I appreciated the isolation in the park and the relationship with the animals. They do not fear the presence of man and we were able to approach them closely

My assets

The tranquility and serenity shown by the animals which allows us to put into perspective our permanent activity and our daily race after time.

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Mimi participated in the Wildlife Monitoring mission, South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in November 2019
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My participation

Monitoring - Help in the camp to develop a fence.
4 / 4:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. / 9 a.m.
Sometimes: 11 a.m. - 13 p.m. (Monitoring Elephants at Tembe Elephant Park)
16h - 19h30

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay despite the very early awakening ... The flora, fauna, the investment of the monitors of this NGO are extraordinary.

My advice

Take a break from your daily life, appreciate the wilderness, observe and dedicate yourself completely to this mission with the other volunteers and the instructors. Good humor and sharing.

What I retain

This mission makes me want to go back ... on a mission. I have new friends from all over. I finally know what has always animated me, animal protection.

My assets

Communication, patience, determination, commitment, joie de vivre.

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Lucie participated (e) Mission monitoring Wildlife, South Africa

Mission 14 days, conducted in November 2018
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My participation

The missions are GPS tracking of animals, and counts of animals (wild dogs, lions, vultures, etc.).
We must also note if some animals have problems, if there is a change in behavior.
In the morning, departure to 4h30, return to camp to 10h. In the afternoon, we left between 15h30 and 16h30 depending on the heat, and back to camp between 19h and 20h.

My expectations

Beautiful Park (Hluhluwe), the monos very nice, a very nice experience

My advice

Beware, it's very cold in the morning! Make the onion, and take enough to remove the thickness as the day. The weather changes very quickly, take raincoats (impers pants too)

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Tina participated (e) Mission monitoring Wildlife, South Africa

Mission in August 2018

My participation

My experiences with this project have been absolutely amazing and unforgettable - experiences that will stay with me forever. It was a childhood dream to be able to visit Africa and see the wildlife in its natural home, specifically elephants. Each time I visit South Africa, I leave a little piece of my heart behind. I can not wait to return for my next experience with this project; I would go back tomorrow if I could!

With each project you get to be part of real conservation, learning from amazingly dedicated and knowledgeable wildlife monitors, being part of a small team of international volunteers who are quickly getting to know the wildlife. There is nothing like having an African elephant walk directly on the road towards you, seeing a lion's nest, and spotting an African Wild Dog pack. These are experiences that most people will never have.

Though you can not find the animals you are looking for, there is no shortage of things to see. There is amazing bird life, plants and trees, all around the reserves. You will quickly learn the difference between a nyala and an impala! There are a lot of opportunities in the world, and just being in South Africa and taking care of the natural surroundings is enough.

While not all of the work is easy or pretty, you know what you are doing is actually making a difference to the conservation and future of these animals and the reserves.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Tolga participated (e) Mission Wildlife Monitoring, South Africa

Mission in September 2018

My participation

For a first time in South Africa, you will find that this project goes out of their way to deliver and provide everything that they state in their project descriptions. It is by far Real Africa and Real Conservation from the moment you arrive at your project location. I am so grateful to the wonderful monitors at Somkhanda and Manyoni that made me fall in love with the bush and made me understand the true meaning of wildlife conservation. If you want to monitor and protect the wildlife, then this is the project for you. I will be coming back !!!

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Judith took part in the Wildlife Monitoring Mission, South Africa

Mission in June 2018

My participation

I volunteered with this project for a month in September 2018 at iMfolozi Park and Tembe Elephant Park. This project delivers a real wildlife conservation experience. It's a hands-on experience ethical teaching practices. It's an opportunity to work alongside elephant and lion experts, a chance to meet other volunteers from around the world, and have unforgettable wildlife sightings. Thank you for this truly remarkable experience.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Erick participated (e) Mission Wildlife Monitoring, South Africa

Mission in March 2018

My participation

An absolutely enriching experience. It is not only about helping animals, it is about getting involved in this problem of conserving endangered animals; about contributing to preserve their habitat; What are the major issues facing conservation and why? And probably a factor of utmost importance: about spreading the word and raising awareness. Species are disappearing from their habitats because of human activity. There are many ways of contributing to wildlife conservation, one of the organizations tackling the many problems facing the endangered species of South Africa.

Being in the field of monitoring various priority species daily, we are exposed to mind-blowing wildlife experiences. The contribution of a volunteer can appear at a glance, however, in this contribution adds up day-by-day, with the help of the monitoring team providing information to help maintain the equilibrium of the entire ecosystem. This includes endangered and non-endangered species, their habitat, and the endangering of the threat of extinction.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Flofeyn participated (e) mission Wildlife Monitoring, South Africa

Mission of 28 days, carried out in May 2018

My participation

I participated in the monitoring of protected species and this experience was exciting. It is a demanding job, with a start from 04h30 or 05h30 in the morning depending on the mission. Behavior of lions, cheetahs, elephants, wild dogs, raptors and many others ... you have to be constantly on the lookout, whether with telemetry, binoculars, or with the naked eye. Spotting animals, changing camera-traps, classifying photos are some of the tasks to be done. We live at another rhythm, that of wildlife! I discovered that I was ready to spend hours behind my binoculars to see a cheetah for a few moments. We learn patience and we are rewarded.

My expectations

My stay exceeded my expectations because I learned a lot about the South African flora and fauna in contact with the instructors. I was lucky to see many striking scenes of wildlife. And I feel I have helped the instructors who dedicate their lives to the preservation of endangered species.

My advice

My advice to future volunteers is to be flexible with other volunteers, to review their English, to put a broad-spectrum antibiotic in their medicine kit. Also provide warm clothes, a raincoat.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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LaBéa participated (e) Mission monitoring Wildlife, South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in December 2017
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My participation

Departure 4h morning return 11-12 h then 16h return 18h
Scan protected species such as cheetahs, wild dogs, lions, elephants to take the lead to find them
List all animals seen with a GPS fix

My expectations

Very enriching stay on the management of the animal reserves the follow-up of the animals, the change of collar, blood test, the return of the data in return By against the human relation was not with the same sign ....

My advice

Ask to be at least with someone of the same nationality because Thempe they were three to speak French ...... Take warm clothes even in summer and rain clothes ..... Wonderful experience when we love the savannah and wild animals

What I retain

To realize that sharing a room with a stranger is a gamble ..... Fifteen days of savannah, nature, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, impalas everywhere are just happiness

My assets

Being even more active in the defense of animals: their space is shrinking from day to day, they are in permanent danger all over the world. Thank you to all the associations that put so much energy towards them

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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CARGEON participated in the Wildlife Monitoring Mission, South Africa

Mission 14 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

- Every 2 day, go to change the batteries of a dozen cameras with automatic trigger and download the photos on USB keys. We went in a pick-up, and every trip was a safari just for us
- All 2 days, sort photos; we were able to observe invisible animals during the day

My expectations

YES

What I retain

Awareness of the dangers threatening elephants, rhinos and leopards

My assets

I learned to cook for 7 with containers not suitable for the stove (lol!)

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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