WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER AFRICAN CATS

MANAGEMENT & BEHAVIOURAL AWARENESS 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 2-week Wildlife Volunteer African Cats Experience covering Management & Behavioural Awareness is an informative and fun African Predator and African Cat focused Eco-Volunteering program and comprises 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. You will leave with an enriched Predator ‘sense’ and long lasting memories.

Program Objectives & Outcomes

  • Participating Eco-volunteers will become Predator aware in an African context 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 leave an unforgettable imprinted memory of these close-encounter experiences.
  • Eco-Volunteers will leave with a better appreciation and understanding of Predator and African Cat Management in South Africa by experiencing every facet of the day-to-day life of our resident Predi-Cats 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 be guided 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.

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 Management & Behaviour

Eco-Volunteer Learning Program
Per person sharing (2 per room)

(14 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 2-WEEKS.

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