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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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LEO Africa Photo Contest 2017!

Win a chance to name a wild elephant and be featured in our 2018 calendar!

How? By entering our first LEO photo contest!

All previous or current LEO Africa volunteers can enter any of 4 categories:
1. Mammals - From the 15th November
2. Birds - From the 22nd November
3. Landscapes - from the 29th November
4. Open (anything you like!) - from the 6th December

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Lesley's story: why I keep coming back to LEO...

Lesley (on the right in the photo), has volunteered at LEO 4 times. 


Lesley Oliver from Australia is one of our incredible returning volunteers. Here she writes why she keeps coming back to LEO.

This is my fourth time as a volunteer at LEO and it just gets better with every visit.

Each time I learn so much more about conservation from the passionate Sabrina and the experience of Koos, and on this occasion the calm Veronica (who tracked a leopard in the dark by hearing its call). 

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Helping to remove an elephant's collar!

We went to bed last night with a big smile thanks to the exciting opportunity we had yesterday to help Marataba Management remove a collar from a female elephant! Her satellite/VHF collar had stopped working so the park manager and vet decided to remove it rather than leave it. Once the cow had had her collar removed, we then helped relocate two buffalos and a roan antelope. Another full and exciting day!
 
 

LEO Volunteer programme update!

As you all know, we have relocated to the Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park in April 2016 and now the programme is running at full speed.

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