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Eight weeks at LEO with Floris

My name is Floris God and I have been here at LEO for close to seven weeks now; with one more week to go. When I was first deciding on what I would want to do for my gap year I was thinking of travelling. I wanted to go to some place where I had never been before, and I wanted to do it on my own. Instantaneously my dream of visiting Africa and seeing its wildlife sprung to my mind.

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What it means to be a LEO volunteer

Being a LEO volunteer is an experience that can change your life. It is a great opportunity to learn about conservation, wildlife monitoring and sustainable living and make lifelong friendships. All this while having exciting days out in the African bush!

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How to identify spotted hyenas

Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) is one of the key species that we monitor at LEO Africa. As an apex predator, they have a great impact on the eco-system and they play a really important role in nature.

 

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Elephant Monitoring with LEO Africa – Hannes’ & Anja’s story

Hannes and Anja

Quietly, we sneak through the river bank grass. We stay close to each other and try to stay invisible in the green of the bush. The clumsy cameras around our necks with their long lenses do not make it any easier for us. With every move, we focus on staying silent, not stepping on dry branches and not getting caught by the thorns of the bushes. Is that rustling on the left a snake? The grunt on the right a hippo? And wasn’t a leopard seen here in the area just yesterday? With these thoughts we carefully look around, our hearts beating faster than just a few minutes ago in the car.

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Rainer's story - An experience in South Africa that changed our lives!

In October, my wife Tamara and I spent two weeks with LEO Africa in the Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park. This conservation volunteering program is unique in three ways: The team, the wildlife, the environmental mission. 

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