Hamba Africa

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About the conservation projects

How you will help

As a volunteer you'll play a crucial role in the conservation projects we run both independently and in collaboration with other organizations.  

All programs will be run and lead by wildlife experts who will guide and teach you as we work as a team together to achieve each goal.

Why do we do it?

Hamba Africa believes in actively making a difference and being a positive force for good.

 

Volunteering with these programs along with being great fun also work towards preserving the natural environment, each program has specifically designed goals and objectives that help better understand, research and protect wildlife.

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How volunteering can help you

While we are sure as a volunteer the personal satisfaction you'll gain from playing an active role in the preservation of nature will be rewarding enough. Or even those of you who will join us as part of a gap year or adventure tourism experience, we know it will provide you an incredible travel experience. But we also hope the new transferable skills that you will be gaining will prove equally as valuable. 


To some volunteering with these projects could help you gain knowledge relatable to you academic studies, practical experience in conservation or animal related careers, a better understanding of how conservation and environmental work actually operates and the next steps you can take to get involved or even how to develop and grow your own conservation programs and ideas.  
 
We want this experience along with supporting conservation and wildlife to support and inspire you, so when you're finished you'll be closer to understanding and achieving your own personal ambitions.

Developing our projects

We currently operate a variety of different projects and are continuously adding and developing them depending on environmental factors and the behavior and habits of the animals themselves.

Developing volunteer Ideas

We also encourage our volunteers to try out and develop their own programs where possible, if you can explain and show its benefit to conservation and we can figure out its practicality and methodology we will do all we can to support it and make it a reality.

Our projects: In Brief
Behavioural Research on White Rhino
 

This long term flagship project is designed to monitor the movements and behaviour of the threatened white rhino.

Using a variety of techniques such as camera trap monitoring, tracking both On-foot and from a vehicle this project aims to increase understanding regarding how white rhino move through their home range.

Headed by Hamba Africa's ecologist as a volunteer you'll learn a lot as well as have great fun working with this exciting project.

​What you'll be doing

  • Surveying sample sites

  • Placing and installing camera traps

  • Monitoring animal behavior

  • Tracking animal routes

  • Mapping sites of social importance

  • Recording and plotting data

  • Analysis of data

Human wildlife conflict

In order to protect wildlife, natural environments need champions. Working alongside Hamba Africa, you and local groups will put on wildlife presentations with animal ambassadors from nearby organisations.

Volunteers that are confident and comfortable will get a chance to handle and introduce these animals to the local community, giving kids and adults the opportunity to get to know the animals first hand, educating and inspiring the people living alongside them to take pride in their natural heritage.
 

The animals you’ll get to work with will vary from reptiles to birds, mammals and insects.

​What you'll be doing

  • Handle and present animals

  • Engage with locals to champion wildlife

  • Work and assist expert animal carers

 

Ringing and Surveying birds

Ringing and surveying birds helps ornithologists both locally and globally to collect data that helps them to understand bird species better; to ensure that the populations are healthy and to shed light on their behaviour and migratory habits.

 

Volunteers will be conducting these surveys through sight and sound, looking specifically for endangered species such as the Ground Hornbill.

We'll also help local bird ringers capture birds recording data and tagging or "ringing" them with a unique id and releasing them back into the wild.

This is an ideal way to gain experience relating to identifying birds and providing new insight into these often overlooked animals.

What will you be doing?

  • Learning to identify species

  • Monitoring areas for breeding sites

  • Recording endangered species locations

  • Plotting and recording data

  • Assisting handling birds

 

Anti-Poaching Patrols

 

You’ll be helping the local reserve with their ongoing battle with anti-poaching helping patrol, search and remove common traps such as snares that are a continuous problem for protected areas.

Snares trap and kill animals wreaking havoc as they indiscriminately target anything (as shown on this hyenas neck), additionally look for any holes or access points in the fence poachers might use as an entrance.

What you'll be doing

  • Patrolling the bush for Illegal Snares

  • Help remove traps and other equipment

  • Search for access points in fence's

  • Search for activity of poachers

  • Helping any injured Animals

 

Camera trap Research

Recording and monitoring elusive and nocturnal species such as leopards or the endangered pangolin often requires the use of remote camera traps.

With your guides prior knowledge and with the use of maps, together as a team well plan where best to place the cameras depending on the habitat and animals behaviour.
Upon collection well analyses our findings again recording the data and plotting the animals habits gaining a better understanding of their needs and moments.

What you'll be doing

  • Planning placement of traps

  • Placing and installing traps

  • Recording and plotting data

  • Analysis of data

 

Community outreach programs

One of the key and most effective ways to help ensure the long term well being of any habitat is through awareness and education of the natural environment with the people that live and work with it most.

Well be visiting and working with local communities and helping educate them, removing stigmas and misconceptions they may have and show them the benefits of protecting these natural environments.
Well do this in a multitude of ways from simple discussing and educating them as well as improving and developing their livelihood to promote a more sustainable future for them and the environment.

What you'll be doing

  • Interacting with rural communities

  • Raise awareness of animals and conservation

  • Assist with various self sufficient and agricultural projects such as animal husbandry or hydroponics

  • Build or develop community facilities such as accommodation or libraries.

 

Invasive species management

With any conservation or natural environment management of its flora and fauna is important routine work to help support bio-diversity.

As a volunteer assist with this project by targeting specific plant species that are detrimental to the ecosystem and removing then as well as managing encroaching species or clearing dry and dead material to prevent unwanted bush fires to encouraging growth.

What you'll be doing

  • Identifying target species

  • Removing invasive or encroaching species

  • Helping stimulate growth of wanted species

 

Assisting vets and wildlife centres

You’ll be helping and assisting rural and reserve vets and wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres with what ever tasks they need, these task will prove varied and changes constantly with whatever is required, from routine planned health checks, vaccinating animals to responding to emergencies as they arrive.

 

The tasks will be equally as varied to the animals you will be working with, from birds, small game to the largest rhino or elephant, this will provide you the chance to gain invaluable first hand knowledge from various animal and wildlife practices.

What you'll be doing

  • Interacting, feeding and Handling animals.

  • Assisting experts with their work.

  • Getting a behind the scene look at facilities

  • Helping with tasks, equipment storage and site maintenance.

 

Small Animal Survey

Monitoring the population of smaller game, such as rodents is vitally important as it provides an overall indicator of the health of the environment as these animals provide food for many other different species.

Volunteers will help plan and place humane traps at different locations to capture these animals which will allow us to accurately record information such as species, size, health and any other observations. Once we’ve recorded the data the animal will be returned to the wild unharmed.

What you'll be doing

  • Placing and setting traps

  • Handling and removing animals

  • Recording information of captured species

  • Assisting imputing results into databases

Tree Surveying

Trees play a vital role in any ecosystem and older and mature trees due to various physical and biological response support a greater diversity of life.

As a volunteer help with mapping, plotting and recording various data from various Notable and Veteran trees around the reserve for a more accurate understanding of these trees roles in the ecosystem.

What you'll be doing

  • Mapping and plotting trees.

  • Measuring and recording data.

  • Using software and apps as a data capture tool.

  • looking for evidence of what species use these trees.

  • Monitoring for diseases.

 
 

Conservation management

This board program involves us helping manage the reserve's environment keeping it health through an assortment of different tasks and activities instructed by the head ecologist.
 

This can include getting onboard and helping prevent soil erosion, limiting flood damage, preventing bush fires, clearing areas for new plant growth. The volunteer work and roles are often seasonal and can be in response to environmental factors and changes.

What you'll be doing

  • Clearing areas for new plant development

  • Managing and combating erosion

  • Minimizing wild fire risk

  • Control burning of the environment

  • Repairing and maintaining reserve fences

 

Tracking

Tracking is a skill as old as humans walking upright and a brilliant method for recording what animal species are present in an area long after they have gone. 
 

On foot with your guides and fellow volunteers go out searching through the bush to attempt to uncover what sort of animals have been active in the area, we will be looking for signs from foot prints of dung left by the animal to more subtle clues like rubbing marks on trees, and potentially use and follow the trail to physically find the animals responsible

What you'll be doing

  • Searching for tracks and signs of animal active in the area

  • Recording any unusual tracks or signs

  • Attempting to locate rare or endangered animals through tracking

Insect and Moth Surveying

Moths and insects are an often forgotten and overlooked part of any healthy ecosystem and with global populations diminishing a better understanding of how different species do is imperative.

Volunteers will help deploy insect traps, primarily at night and using lights attract insects and collect various data or photographs.
 

What you'll be doing

  • Setting up equipment

  • Identifying species

  • Recording data

  • Looking for invasive species

 
 

Visual surveys

Monitoring the population and behavior of larger species from herds of antelope to prides of Lion, this is usually done through visual means by patrolling in a vehicle but sometimes tracking on foot and recording crucial data such as health of the animals, breeding status and behavioral habits.

This allows us to observe any unusually or concerning behaviour possibly indicating injury or disease and help minimize problems before they develop or just become aware of new development with breeding success.

What you'll be doing

  • Monitoring behavior of species

  • Monitoring breeding status

  • Checking for signs of disease

  • Learning about behavior of animals