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How to identify leopards

Leopard (Panthera pardus) is one of the key species we monitor at LEO Africa. Leopards are top predators and play a very important role in controlling the herbivore population.

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Our volunteer Leo tells us his best moments during his 8 weeks with us!

Hello, my name is Leo, I come from France and I have been at LEO Africa for 8 weeks. I am studying Management and Protection of Nature and I chose LEO Africa for my internship placement. I have experienced so many great things but here are my highlights:

 

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Testimonial: Two weeks at LEO with Matt and Rebecca

I came to work for Leo Africa for two weeks with my partner Rebecca as a working holiday. It was immediately obvious LEO are doing amazing things for the conservation of South African wildlife. The animals here are in peak physical condition and there are not vehicles everywhere getting in the way of the experience. The views of the landscape and the animals are stunning and I love to take pictures of both.

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Elephant monitoring at LEO Africa - Vesta's three months

Elephant monitoring

When I was a child my wish was to go to Africa. This was made possible when I first came to LEO Africa in 2014. Finding the LEO Africa Wildlife Monitoring and Conservation Volunteer Project and experiencing all it had to offer was a blessing. The project allowed me to experience Africa’s nature and wildlife, whilst contributing to conservation, making it a truly rewarding and life changing experience that I will never forget.

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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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Monitoring elephants... Viviane' story

Our Volunteer Viviane Gernaert returned to LEO Africa recently to help us with our elephant census. Following six weeks of photographing and identifying some of the many herds within Marataba, she tells us about her experience.

 

Elephants make my day better!

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