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Field Conditions

As a conservation volunteer working with LEO Africa, your interests will be in wild animals and nature conservation.

You must be reasonably fit and be prepared and able to spend many hours tracking and observing animal behaviour, identifying lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, leopards, hyenas and game viewing in a spectacular nature reserve. You must also be prepared to assist with conservation work that is done to benefit the wildlife of the park and keep a balanced eco-system. The main activities in which you will also be involved while out on the field are alien plant removal, erosion control, bush clearing, road maintenance, game capture and animal darting and relocation (these last two activities mentioned depend on the need of help from the park manager/vet).

Life revolves around the animals' movements and most activity takes place in the early mornings, late afternoons, and sometimes well into the night as you track lions or habituate elusive leopards. The middle day is usually spent at the base entering data, learning theory, equipment maintenance, house duties and just relaxing in the shade. (Note: those prone to heat exhaustion are recommended to plan their visit for cooler months, discuss their trip with their doctor, and take proper measures to avoid dehydration.)

As a LEO volunteer you will receive training on all aspects of the conservation and monitoring work. Most days follow a similar pattern: morning and afternoon drives during which you track, spot, observe, and record the behaviour of predators and large herbivores.Sometimes the two monitoring drives can be subsitituted by a full day out (usually during the cooler months of the year).

While out in the bush, you will get to see many of the park's resident wildlife population like giraffe, eland, kudu, gemsbok, zebra, jackals, bat-eared foxes, hyena, nyala, and many more!