Dolphins, whales, monk seals and turtle conservation

Project name:

Archipelagos (2)

Project purpose:

Dolphins, whales, monk seals and turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

185

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation in the research centre/research vessel

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, wifi, refillable drinking water, electricity, toilet (western)

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Minimum duration of 3 months is highly recommended for all volunteers/interns, but placements can be up to a year long.

The main goals of our research are:

  • Monitoring the habitat use, abundance and distribution of cetaceans, Mediterrenean monk seals and sea turtles.

  • Studying the population structure and its dynamics.

  • Studying the behavior through visual and acoustic data.

  • Investigating the impact of major threats, such as fishing and tourism, on the cetacean behavior.

  • Our current work includes the following activities:

  • Conducting boat-based surveys to collect data on cetacean abundance, distribution and behavior.

  • Conducting land-based surveys to collect data on cetacean behavior and distribution without interacting with them.

  • Collecting data about different types of marine vessels, their distance from the focal group, fishing activities and marine debris during the boat and land surveys.

  • Assessing the populations of resident, transient and seasonal cetaceans through photo-ID.

  • Developing an online photo-ID network.

  • Using a hydrophone to collect acoustic data.

  • Creating GIS maps to pinpoint critical habitats and understand the factors threatening them.

  • Delivering first aid to the animals, rescuing them, performing necropsies and collecting data related to stranded individuals (e.g. cetaceans, seals and sea turtles).

Reviews & ratings

Francisco

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

leslie

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

great experience

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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