Rhino and elephant professional veterinary conservation

Project name:

EcoLife Expeditions (1)

Project purpose:

Rhino and elephant professional veterinary conservation

Project activities:

  • teaching

  • data collection/analysis

  • animal rehabilitation

  • animal interaction

Weekly cost (approx USD):




South Africa


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Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:


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When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, transport around the project, park permits and entry fees

How long can I stay?


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

The focus areas of this 15 day course are: Rhino and elephant management, Wildlife genetics and health, Disease control, Livestock and wildlife, Game capture essentials and Embryo transplant in wildlife. This program 1015-22747 is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) to offer a total of 31.00 CE Credits (31.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 31.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (31.00 max).


Course content

  • Rhinoceros and wildlife management/conservation and the role of veterinary science

  • Elephant management and the role of the veterinarian in population control

  • Priorities in and the handling of clinical wildlife veterinary cases

  • Maintaining wildlife genetics integrity and the functioning of the wildlife veterinary genetics laboratory

  • Managing the wildlife and particularly the overpopulation of elephant in Kruger National Park

  • Managing the vegetation ecology to the benefit of wildlife health in the Kruger National Park

  • The scope of running wildlife veterinary services in Kruger

  • The red line and enzootic area management

  • Diseases share by livestock and wildlife and zoonosis in the region

  • Applied wildlife parasitology

  • Wildlife post mortem and necropsy procedures

  • The pharmacological working of various capture drugs for wildlife

  • Different dartguns for different applications and applicable darts and propelling methods

  • Talks, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on participation in actual game capture operations for purposes of relocation, tagging, diagnostics, vaccination and disease or injury treatment

  • Wildlife conservation value of successful in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfers

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