Volunteer With Black Rhinos
Malawi

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Wildlife ACT has partnered with African Parks – a world-renowned conservation organization, in an exciting project where we’ll assist with their Black Rhino Monitoring and Conservation Programme in Liwonde National Park. We’re offering a unique opportunity to one individual who will work one-on-one with a black rhino researcher. The work will be intensive. You’ll experience long, grueling days with lots of responsibilities and duties but it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll get stuck into the heart of black rhino research and help protect them from the threats of poaching.

Project Type:
Volunteer
Duration:
4 weeks +
Price:
£1413.45 First 4 weeks
£1177.88 Every following 4 weeks.
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Requirements:
25+
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Overview

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY AT FULL CAPACITY AND CLOSED TO NEW APPLICATIONS. PLEASE REFER BACK TO THIS PAGE TO SEE WHEN WE ARE IN NEED OF NEW VOLUNTEERS

Wildlife ACT has partnered with African Parks – a world-renowned conservation organization, in an exciting project where we’ll assist with their Black Rhino Monitoring and Conservation Programme in Liwonde National Park. We’re offering a unique opportunity to one individual who will work one-on-one with a black rhino researcher. The work will be intensive. You’ll experience long, grueling days with lots of responsibilities and duties but it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll get stuck into the heart of black rhino research and help protect black rhinos from the threats of poaching.

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LOCATION

Wildlife in Liwonde National Park is abundant. Elephant and hippo numbers are especially high for this small national park. Respectively 900 and 2000, which makes it one of the densest populations of Africa. There are also more than 400 species of bird found in this park.

What Will I Do?

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULE

  • Tracking black rhino with the Rhino Protection team and Researcher (exceptions: Rhino Walk adventures with visiting guests; some aspects of dangerous capture operations) and helping to remove poachers’ snares found when tracking rhino (this could entail removing anywhere from 1-200 wire loops out of the bush).
  • Wildlife management work – you will be called upon to assist the African Parks wildlife management team with a number of varied tasks based on needs for that time of the year. The team will endeavor to get you involved with any number of activities during your time in the reserve.
  • IT work – this will include helping with data entry, updating website information, developing maps and providing engaging social media about the project and activities you are working on in the field.
  • Daily starting time for rhino tracking will fall in between 04:45am and 05:45am depending on the season’s light conditions (e.g. sunrise), so be prepared for early mornings.
  • 1 day/week (normally a Saturday): miscellaneous work – washing car, maintaining and fixing equipment, helping around camp.
  • 1 day: free (Sunday or any other day depending on priorities), travelling to the Lake or do city visits at your own will and cost – or even stay at Mvuu Camp and possibly take part in birding and game drives learning from safari guides during guest activities – given management approval based on guest numbers and interaction.

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Project Objectives

  • Achieve a min 7% (and min 5% after 50 individuals) annual population growth rate and build a genetically viable black rhino population which through this evidence-based, applied ecological research could inform park management of key habitat ecology that could feed into and complement wider regional meta-population objectives (e.g. SADC RPRC).
  • Assess ‘Maximum Productive Habitat Capacity’, i.e. an adaptive concept underpinning the importance of ‘key resource availability’ during the most limiting period of the year: dry season months.
  • Identify competition pressures (e.g. by Giant kudu and/or Elephant) on dry season resource availability.
  • Give recommendations on potential future release sites and overall habitat capacity in supporting rhinos.

Ideal Volunteer Requirements

  • Duration: Minimum 1 month
  • Age: 25 – 55
  • Minimum Qualification:Second year student studying a relevant degree (or relevant tertiary program)
  • Field experience on a research project
  • Physically fit, capable of tolerating often harsh field conditions (a 10km walk at a fast pace should be easily done
  • Fluent verbal and written command of the English language
  • Good computer and communication skills
  • Ready to learn from and also motivate/teach fellow colleagues your skill set

Additional Skills which will be Favourable

  • Being conversant with GIS and making digital maps (ArcGIS/ArcView/OziExplorer/Q-GIS).
  • Familiar with SPSS or PASW 18 statistical softwares.
  • Website design and management
  • Database management
  • Advanced IT skills

Accommodation

  • The volunteers stay in a canvas house structure with a tin roof and a fan.
  • Communal kitchen – basic meals provided for.
  • Communal toilet and showers with hot water
  • Electricity at certain times of the day (generator dependent)
  • WiFi at certain times of the day
  • The volunteer will be expected to clean up after themselves and help out around camp.

A Quick Word From Our Black Rhino Experts

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Project Location

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is a national park in Malawi. It is located on the upper Shire River plain, east of the river, 140km north of Limbe. Its southern gate lies about 6km from the town centre of Liwonde. Wildlife in Liwonde National Park is. . .

How Do I Get There?

The easiest way is for students and researchers to book their international flight through any airline of their choice, arriving in Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), and then book a connecting international flight from Johannesburg to Malawi.

Please note:

  • You will be responsible for booking your own flights.
  • You will need to fly into Blantyre/Chileka International Airport.
  • The costs of your flights are not included in the price listed above.

For more information, please contact: info@wildlifeact.com

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Dates and Costs

ZAR USD EUR GBP
4 Weeks 23285.90 1800.00 1609.06 1413.45
8 Weeks 42690.82 3300.00 2949.94 2591.33
12 Weeks 62095.73 4800.00 4290.82 3769.21

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