You will monitor predators to help to protect the environment and wildlife. You will then use this data to undertake scientific research.
Your research will help towards conserving all life in the bush. This is due to the predator’s huge impact on their environment. Although they equate to a small part of the ecosystem’s total biomass, they help regulate the whole environment. Therefore, data on all predators is a strong indicator on an ecosystem’s health. The scientific data you collect will then be used to improve the ecosystems.
We want you to be passionate about what you research. Therefore, we will try our best to let you research a topic you’re interested in. As an intern, you can complete your research in one or more of these ten areas:
What’s the accurate number of apex predators in an area?
What’s the predator / prey ratio?
Is there intra / interspecies competition, and between which species?
What’s the survival / recruitment of offspring?
How do predators behave in different seasons?
What’s the natural and human-inflicted mortalities on predators?
Human / Predator conflict and corridor management. Management around the study area?
Poaching problems and Anti-Poaching approach to handle the problem?
Disease surveillance and counter approach to help?
Are awareness and education programs needed, and/or what is their effect?
Is this project for you?
We are seeking University undergraduates or graduates of biology, conservation, environmental studies, or related subjects. Alternatively, you could have worked within the science or conservation field. We need hard working and driven individuals to help us fight for wildlife protection and conservation.
If you’re interested in collecting data, creating predator identification kits and undertaking scientific research, to improve our understanding of ecosystems, then we’d love for you to apply.
How long is the project?
This internship is a minimum of 3 months and longer. We want our interns to have enough time to become truly invested in their research. You will be given your own project and responsibilities, so to learn and develop your project, we feel at least 3 months is needed.
Where will you stay?
This project is situated in the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa. This is an area of outstanding beauty, where wildlife has 2 200 000 hectares to roam and be free. We are proud to be part to a huge array of wildlife, from leopards to honey badgers. So, you are sure to see some incredible sightings during your stay.
Our closest town is Hoedspruit. You can either fly straight into Hoedspruit airport, where we will collect you. Alternatively, you can organise a transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. Let us know when you are arriving, and we will collect you from Hoedspruit.
What does it cost?
R 144,780.00 for the first three months
R 12,065.00 per additional week
What does the project include?
• 24/7 support
• FGASA trained staff
• All necessary project training by experienced staff
• Meals (self-help breakfast, brunch and dinner)
• Bedding and bath towels (no swimming towels)
• Airport pick-up /drop-off (unless otherwise stated)
• Tracking training
• Wildlife identification techniques
• Data collection training
• Visa costs (where necessary)
• Snacks and additional drinks
• Travel insurance
• Extra local excursions
• Travel to and from Hoedspruit
What to bring?
Make sure you bring at least the following:
• Neutral Coloured Clothing. These will become dirty whilst working.
• Hiking Boots or closed Shoes
• May to August please bring layers, jackets, hats/gloves.
• South African 3 Prong Outlet Adapter
• Backpack –1xlarge backpack to carry all your belongings. 1xsmall backpack for daily use
• Laptop (optional)
• Notebook and pen
• Bathing suit and swim towel (optional)
• Mosquito net
• Reusable water bottle
• Books, music or other hobbies
Your accommodation, food and daily activities will be included in project cost. You are more than welcome to go and explore the local area if desired. Any extra trips will not be included in the project cost.
Any required visa will have to be organised by yourself.
A motivational letter can be provided by World Wide Predators NPC if needed.