elephant, buffalo, leopard, hippo and lion conservation (safari)

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (6)

Project purpose:

elephant, buffalo, leopard, hippo and lion conservation (safari)

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

1400

Terrestrial

Malawi

Africa

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Safari tents

When does the project run?

Facilities:

More information needed!

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

None. You do not need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.

Ability to walk around 10-15 km per day, in flat terrain, sometimes when it is hot. There are also options to get involved in non-strenuous activities, ranging from vehicle-based surveys, to data entry to camera trap maintenance

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

This African wildlife conservation project will take you to the little known, but species-rich and quintessentially African Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve in Malawi to monitor four out of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion), as well as hippo, primates, bats, antelopes, insects and vegetation. You will be working as part of an international team, based at a rustic but comfortable field camp. You will be covering ground in off-road vehicles and on foot, and conducting research activities such as live and camera trapping, target species searches, transect and species identification work, as well as data entry. All this in an effort to help local scientists assess the nature and patterns of biodiversity in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and to inform biodiversity monitoring and management in order to protect this relatively untouched part of Africa for future generations.

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

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