WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER AFRICA

AFRICAN PREDI-CAT (PREDATOR & CAT) AWARENESS IN AFRICA ECO-VOLUNTEER LEARNING PROGRAM

As we all know Africa is the home to the iconic King of the Beasts – the African Lion. But Africa is also host to a wide and diverse variety of other predators which we reveal as we hunt down revealing information, pounce on learning opportunities and discover new and interesting aspects relating to all representative African Predators and African Cats ranging from the smallest to the largest.

This 4-week Wildlife Volunteer Africa Predi-Cat (Predator and African Cat) Awareness Eco-Volunteer Learning Program is an informative, fun yet formalised African Predator and African Cat focused Eco-Volunteering educational program and comprises learning through a Wildlife Volunteering initiative along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Predator and African Cat specific volunteering program which is founded on outcome-based learning objectives with innovative approaches to deciphering observable predator strategies and behaviours and applying sound operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies, procedures and protocols.

The program is structured and organised with progressive and developmental interactive eco-learning from day to day. You will encounter the smallest to the largest of the African predators during your stay with us. This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills. This program gives an insight into Africa’s Predators and the way that they have adapted to change and sound wildlife management strategies and initiatives. Furthermore you will be exposed to Wildlife Rehabilitation Practices, Veterinarian Procedures from time-to-time and a host of Conservation Research Initiatives and Projects during your stay with us. You will leave with an enriched Predator ‘sense’, a new found appreciation for Wildlife Rehabilitation and an understanding of Conservation Research and Conservation Projects and the role they play and let us not forget the long lasting memories.

Program Objectives & Outcomes

  • Participating Eco-volunteers will become Predator aware in an African context through a structured OUTCOME BASED LEARNING program where all facets of the functioning, ecology, social order, behaviour, anatomy and physiology of Predators are highlighted as are the Facility and Animal Management principles, strategies and protocols.
  • Eco-Volunteers will develop an appreciation for our resident Predi-Cats where behaviour, husbandry, care, monitoring and informal research initiatives, leaving an unforgettable imprinted memory of these close-encounter experiences.
  • Eco-Volunteers will leave with a better appreciation and understanding of Predator and Wildlife Rehabilitation Management in South Africa by experiencing every facet of the day-to-day life of our resident and hospitalised animals and how this contributes to conservation awareness and the plight of African Predi-Cats and Wildlife in general in Africa today.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

Week 1 – 5-Days Predi-Cat Husbandry, Care, Welfare and Management (Animal & Facility) Interactive Module.

 During this program, Eco-Volunteer learners will beguided through the various facets of General Predator and African Cat Husbandry, Care, Animal Welfare and Animal Management principles and protocols by a hands-on facilitator/instructor who will guide the experience and the learning outcomes in a fun and entertaining manner. You will get down and dirty with every facet of a Predators life in a qaussi captive environment. You will become involve in the various physical Facility Management functions on a day-to-day basis inclusive of repairs and maintenance and general operational requirements through your day. You will be required at close of day to report back on your experience and provide feedback to your participating peers as to what you have experienced for the day. Each day you will be tasked with individual and group research assignments.

What you the Eco-Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

Animal Management Principles, Procedures, Operations and Protocols – You will be involved in the daily Care, Husbandry and Welfare of the resident Predators. This includes feeding tasks, cleaning/cleanliness, monitoring, water management, etc.

Facility Management – You will be exposed to the daily operations of Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and will be asked to do repairs and maintenance around the Centre, assist with the guest interactive component of the business if the need arises, and general assistance where required. You will be exposed to the guest interactive experience.

Facility Project Management – You will be required to become involved in developmental and construction projects from time-to-time and as and when the need arises. Many projects will be ongoing. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down and get dirty.

Predator Knowledge – Getting to Know your Subjects in a fun way. You will be introduced to each of the resident Predators through Predi-Cat-Identi-Kits, the Order Carnivora and its 5 Sub-Orders, Basic Anatomy and Physiology of Predators, Anatomical adaptations, Common traits associated with the various sub-orders, Ancestry and Predator Postures and Locomotion.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at the Tenikwa in the Crags 20km from Plettenberg Bay.

2- Day Weekend is where Eco-Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT

Week 2 – 5-Days Predi-Cat Behavioural Research, Monitoring and Intra- Specific Observation & Interpretation.

 Much of what you experienced and learnt during the first week will be carried over to this week long module with continued application practically of what was learnt. Eco-Volunteers are guided through the use of various tools, techniques and mechanisms to record, monitor and note interesting behavioural observations and features pertaining to each of the Predators on a daily basis in a fun and informative way. We use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction.

Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of our resident predators life through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded informal research data which not only is a living memory of your experience at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management.

What you the Eco-Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

African Predi-Cat Physical Behaviours – You will identify intra-specific behavioural traits associated with each animal including Passive and Aggressive behaviours, Agonistic behaviours, Recognition behaviours and Communication behaviours.

General Predi-Cat Behaviours – You will do an in-depth study into the Social Organisation, Feeding Behaviour, Feeding Ecology, Reproductive Behaviour, Parent/Offspring Behaviour, Play behaviour, Social Hierarchies to name but a few of the general behaviours we will explore and journal on our Predi-Cat Edu-Eco learning and interactive journey of discovery.

African Predi-Cat Monitoring & Enrichment – Each day you will be tasked with monitoring and documenting different behaviours exhibited through the day, providing feedback of interesting behavioural sequences and traits exhibited by individual predators to the group. In addition we will explore practical and applicable enrichment tools to stimulate our resident predators.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at Tenikwa in the Crags 20km from Plettenberg Bay.

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

Week 3 – 5-Days Wildlife Rehabilitation & Veterinarian Interventions Learning Experience Module

 During this 5-day program component, Eco-Volunteers will be exposed to Wildlife Rehabilitation, the principles, procedures, protocols and general management methodologies to successfully rehabilitate injured wildlife for possible release back into their natural environment. The rehabilitation centre at Tenikwa has a long and distinguished track record in rehabilitating wild animals and you will be exposed to the centre and the handling of various animal patients on a day-to-day basis under the expert guidance of the Rehabilitation Centre coordinator.

Due to the very nature of animal rehabilitation and care of resident Predators and African Cats, veterinary assistance will be required from time-to-time. During this 5-day program component you will be exposed to veterinary practices, protocols and procedures from an observation point of view. The resident veterinarian will make time available to discuss various aspects of veterinary practices, treatment strategies and a career as a Veterinarian.

What you the Eco-Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

Principles, Protocols and Procedures for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release – You will explore and research the principles, protocols and procedures for the Rescue, Rehabilitation and release of animals back into their natural habitat. We look at assessment criteria for treatment on arrival, to a care and rehabilitation strategy culminating in the release back into the wild, of rehabilitated animals.

Veterinary Interventions & Procedures – You will be exposed to the veterinary component of rehabilitation and the care of our resident Predators and African Cats at the Centre as and when the need arises. Most of what you will be exposed to is from an observation perspective unless assistance is requested from the veterinarian. There will be weekly check-ups, emergency cases and minor treatments required from time-to-time for our animal patients and our resident Predators. Please note that during the 4-week program you may well be exposed to this component at irregular intervals and may not have this entire 5-day period exposure to the veterinarian. We will ensure that you have adequate exposure to this component.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Techniques, Tools and Methodologies – Birds, Mammals – We explore and research a wide spectrum of Wildlife Rehabilitation techniques, tools and methodologies for injured animals on a daily basis. You will be tasked with a variety of research initiatives from a theoretical perspective and discuss as a group the possible practical applications and implications of using specific techniques, tools and methodologies.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at Tenikwa in the Crags 20km from Plettenberg Bay.

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

Week 4 – 5-Days African Predi-Cat Experience Summary, Conservation Research and Conservation Projects

 During this component of the program, Eco-Volunteers will be tasked with an additional group task being undertaken where all observations found and observed on our Predi-Cat journey so far, are brought together in a group project based. Individual experiences and interesting facts pertaining to a Predators life, ecology, behaviour and adaptability are collated by the group into a presentation format. The document is copied, bound and presented to each participant when the program concludes. Each day participants will be required to compile their own account of a Predators life in a quassi captive environment through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience with the African Edu-Eco Wizard team at the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management.

In addition to this you will be exposed to a variety of regional and localised Conservation Projects & Conservation Research Initiatives. This region, due to its diversity of habitat and endemic species accounts are a favoured research zone.

What you the Eco-Volunteer will experience in this Program:

Conservation Projects – Conservation projects in the region include clearing of Invasive and Alien plant species; Monitoring Estuarine Ecosystems; Clearing Hiking paths and trails; Beach debris clean ups and documenting debris found; Seal Colony Observations from Land and sea; Animal Release Initiatives to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these Conservation projects during your stay with us.

Conservation Research Initiatives – These initiatives include Bird Ringing; Fish monitoring; Fynbos Research initiatives; Bird monitoring; Marine Animal research initiatives, Reptile & Snake Handling initiatives; Macro Invertebrate Research; and Seabird Research, to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these research initiatives during your stay with us. We will surprise you from time-to-time. Expect the unexpected.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at the Tenikwa in the Crags 20km from Plettenberg Bay.

On the final Saturday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Sunday is used for packing and onward journeys.

Each component of the program gives you the opportunity to experience Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Predators in close quarters daily. In addition to this you will throughout the program be exposed to localised Conservation Projects and Research initiatives.

If it is a learning experience you seek and an African Predi-Cat Adventure like no other then this program is for you.

The Programming format is divided into FIVE Key areas –

Theoretical Modules – Comprise Lectures, Presentations, Workshops & Interactive Participant Feedback Sessions.

Practical Modules – Comprises Formal Practical half/full day sessions per program and numerous Informal Practical sessions daily of varying duration. These practical sessions compliment the awareness training specific to the program.

Practical Research Projects and Assignment Presentations are allocated personally and for feedback sessions to the group.

Presentations comprise Peer Reviews, Peer Evaluations and Peer Points Allocations for Projects & Presentations undertaken.

Program Outcomes, Assessments and Evaluations take place individually during the final week of the program.

We use Observation, Interpretation, Deduction, Research, Feedback and Presentation as Outcome based learning objectives which are practically applicable.

Predi-Cat Awareness in Africa

Eco-Volunteer Learning Program
Per person sharing

(28 days). Price on request. Additional over night costs for early arrivals and late departures.

Single Room Supplements are applicable

DURATION

This particular program is presented full-time over a period of 4-WEEKS. (28 days)

CERTIFICATION

On completion of the program, you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

FITNESS

A minimum age of 18 Years old and a maximum age of 65 Years old. Fitness and the ability to get and be involved in all facets of the program inclusive of a physical requirement, is a pre-requisite.

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DATE SCHEDULE

These programs commence on the 1ST MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.
Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.
1 – 5 February ’16
7 – 11 March ’16
4 – 8 April ’16
2 – 6 May ’16
6 – 10 June ’16
4 – 8 July ’16
1 – 5 August ’16
5 – 9 September ’16
3 – 7 October ’16
7 – 11 November ‘16