The Role Of The Volunteer

LEO provides park wardens and ecologists with detailed information on the wildlife within the Marataba section of the Marakele National Park as well as contributing with conservation work to help keep a balanced eco-system, and giving support to the National Park's anti-poaching team

Our volunteer wildlife monitoring and conservation programme records and monitors the movements, behaviour, numbers, kills, and interactions of the Big 5, cheetahs and hyenas. Another aim of the project is also to travel to the most remote parts of the park to have a better understanding of the wildlife activities. By covering these areas, we also act as a deterrent for "unwanted visitors", reporting suspicious activities to the Park management.

Volunteers play an essential role in our project, supporting us on three main aspects of our work:

      In the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                       

 

                                                                                       

  • Take part in two daily monitoring drives: during the monitoring drives, you will learn about and directly contribute towards wildlife monitoring and conservation activities. Our experienced guides love to share interesting facts, their knowledge and passion for the bush and are really committed in making a difference to improve the quality of the environment!

  • Monitor predator numbers and assist in the creation of ID Kits for lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas.

  • Monitor the feeding behaviour, prey selection, kill frequencies, interactions, spatial movements and the ecological impact of lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.

  • Monitor the numbers, health condition and movement for mega herbivores such as elephants, white and black rhinos, as well as assist in the creation of ID Kits.

  • Help with conservation work: erosion control, road maintenance, bush clearing, alien plant removal, game capture (when requested by the park manager), animal darting and relocation (when help is requested by the vet).

  • Contribute towards anti-poaching simply by being a presence in the field (i.e. sleep out and fence patrol). 

  • Assist with the processing of camera trap footage and data entry.

  • Live and work with like-minded people from all over the world. 

  • Learn and apply a sustainable living lifestyle.

  • Get a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly over the reserve with a microlight - ONLY AT LEO AFRICA!

  • Take part into bush walks to service camera traps and discover new areas of the park on foot.

​    At Base

  • Carrying out duties on a rotational basis with the other volunteers once/twice a week for half day.

    • This includes:

      • Office work: camera trap processing, data insert, ID kits.

      • Camp maintenance.

      • Maintaining our vegetable garden.

      • Assisting with cooking lunch or dinner for all the staff and volunteers.

      • Ensuring the house is kept clean and tidy.

Economically 

LEO Africa is financially sustained only by the volunteers as we provide a free service to the Park Management. All the money from the volunteers is used to run the entire project (to buy and maintain vehicles, petrol, monitoring and research tools, computers, camera traps, batteries, salaries, food and accommodation etc.). Without the financial support of our volunteers, we could not operate and the Park would not be able to conduct the vital wildlife monitoring and and conservation work.

LEO Africa does not receive any funding from the government, the reserve or any other institutions and are solely reliant on the contribution from our volunteers and donors. 

Your volunteer work will have a significant positive impact on the conservation policies and practices in the National Park in which we operate. The data that LEO volunteers and staff collects goes towards monthly reports for the park management that will use the information to make informed decisions on the running of the Park.

Volunteering at LEO offers a different experience than most volunteer projects: our conservation goals are concrete, we have a high motivation and we are committed to improve the quality of the land, to benefit wildlife. You will have the opportunity to learn a lot and actively contribute towards conservation, wildlife monitoring and sustainable living in the stunning Marataba section of the Marakele National Park. Moreover, you will be followed by experienced and passionate rangers who strive every day to make a difference and improve the environment in which wildlife live. Without a healthy environment, wild animals would not be able to succeed!

Click the button below to see what previous volunteers have had to say about their time here with Leo, or apply now!

Our Physical Address

LEO Africa,
Hoopdal 96 KQ, Rooiberg Road 

Thabazimbi

0380

South Africa

Contact Us

TEL: +27 79 8772717   

E-MAIL: enquiries@leoafrica.org

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