Covid-19 travel restrictions have had a devastating impact on conservation in South Africa. Most reserves rely heavily on tourism revenue to protect wildlife and sustain ecosystems. Some even depend on a steady supply of student volunteers from abroad.
The Conservation Collaboration Fund is our response to this challenge. We’ve collaborated with South African conservation projects and international ambassadors to create online courses that raise funds for our partners. Available through our Project Shop, they present opportunities to learn about African wildlife and help us to protect it.
Our growing collection of mini-courses is a doorway into the conservation industry, presenting content directly from wildlife veterinarians, ecologists and game reserves. We’ve packaged series as individual modules to make them accessible and affordable, while also allowing learners to mix-and-match their own learning programmes.
The modular nature of our opportunities makes it accessible and affordable to university students. Our partnerships with leading UK universities (including the Royal Veterinary College, University of Nottingham and University of Edinburgh) and some forward thinking veterinary societies (RVCZS, NUVZS and DVWCS), also allow us to offer free memberships to students enrolled at select institutions. Furthermore, Wildlife Vet Online is a point of entry into the industry for students interested in working with exotics.
WILDLIFE VET ONLINE
Wildlife Vet Online, presented by Dr Peter Rogers’ (BVSc), is ideal for students of veterinary science and other biosciences like ecology, zoology and wildlife conservation. With over 30 years’ experience, Dr Rogers is one of the most experienced wildlife veterinarians in the world. He specializes in the capture, rehabilitation and relocation of some of South Africa's most endangered species.
Each module in this series provides two to four hours of clinical EMS (extra-mural studies) and optional extra credits, certified by Dr Rogers. Furthermore, our student members receive certificates and have access to additional resources. Currently, the series covers African Elephants (two modules), African Rhinos (two modules), Cheetah Management and Pangolins. We supplement lectures with monthly Q&A's, exercises and worksheets.
Thanks to our partnerships with Dyer Island Trust and Marine Dynamics, we will soon be launching modules that focus on sea life such as sharks, whales and sea birds. If you’d like updates on our progress, sign up for our newsletter here.
We've designed this series to present online versions of selected wildlife observation and research experiences available in South Africa. We’ve collaborated with projects that offer direct encounters and projects that offer "hands-off" conservation support experiences. In this way, we’re able to provide both practical and theoretical instruction by covering research findings, sanctuary management and wildlife conservation.
TEP Ambassador Terry-Lee Honiball is currently doing her Masters in Large Carnivore Ecology and is the author of Ecology Online: Large Carnivores. This module covers African Wild Dog, Brown and Spotted Hyaena, Cheetah, Leopard and Lion. Topics include common terms, population research (goals, call-ups, cameras, spoor and scat counts, collars, species recognition) and diet research (scat, direct observation, meta-barcoding).
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About The Expedition Project
6 Tullyallen, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape 7700, ZA
The EXPEDITION Project aims to connect inspiring, sustainable projects and individuals with each other and with the resources they need, and share their stories with the world.
Since 2011 we have travelled 32054km, visited 353 towns & 152 projects, with the help of 405 hospitality partners to meet and understand the challenges communities face. We then connect projects, communities, ideas and individuals with eachother, share their successes and help take them one step further with contacts, expetise and funding.
We are literally 'Driving Change'!
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
December 22, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 16
Each module has its own specified time commitment.
Suitable for veterinary medicine, zoology, ecology and bioscience students.