Help research human &
animal conflict in
Mangetti

Collect vital data on African elephants & wild dogs

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  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    12+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £966
  • Duration
    2-12 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    12+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £966

Namibia elephant & wild dog research

Come and help our researchers and other volunteers in Mangetti where you will actively contribute vital data to aid with our conservation efforts. You will research the levels and causes of conflict between humans and animals (mainly elephants and African wild dogs) in an effort to devise an effective conservation plan.

The impact of human activities on native wildlife has never been more apparent than it is in respect to two of Africa’s iconic species; the African painted dog (or more commonly known as wild dog) and the African elephant. Both have endured decades of suffering through habitat fragmentation, hunting and persecution.

"The Mangetti Project is so unique because I think this is one of the few sites where you really see in real-time that the work you’re doing has a direct impact on people’s lives."

Situated in the North-eastern Kalahari woodlands about 100km southwest of Rundu, lies the Mangetti Cattle Ranch. The Mangetti Complex comprises of two main areas; the Kavango Cattle Ranch and the nearby Mangetti National Park.

We have been granted access to this amazing site for our elephant and African wild dog research. In total the study area is more than 2,000km2 of Kalahari woodlands and mixed Acacia savannah. The vegetation is thick and dense allowing even the largest species of wildlife to simply vanish before your very eyes!

Volunteers will assist our researchers in documenting the movements and activities of elephant and wild dog populations. Using GPS and VHF monitoring technology, motion-sensitive trail cameras and traditional spoor (footprint) tracking techniques, come and delve into the lives of the world’s largest land animals and one of Africa’s most endangered carnivore species.

The African wild dog is currently endangered, with only about 6,500 left in the wild and a prognosis of further decline. Although the African elephant are not yet endangered, they have suffered huge losses to their numbers due to human-wildlife conflicts and ivory poaching.

The vital research that is gathered at Mangetti, will help with strategies and conservation techniques that can be put into place to stop wildlife populations declining. You will make a positive impact every day, surrounded by a team of passionate, like-minded people, who are all striving to make a difference in Namibia.

Everyday will see you out in the field where not only will you get to see these incredible animals up close, but also get to explore the vast landscapes that Namibia has to offer. With natural savannahs, lush grass plains and magnificent views this is your chance to discover the depths of Namibia’s natural beauty.

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