Track African Cats in Namibian Highlands
This summer, multi-award winning non-profit Biosphere Expeditions will lead a small group of global volunteers deep into the heart of Namibia to help conduct a scientific survey of African cat behavior. Join them for what will surely be a transformative experience of a lifetime.
No pussies in this scene. We are talking leopard, caracal, and cheetah.
West of Windhoek, Namibia’s capitol in the remote Khomas Hochland (highlands), volunteers will brush up on their bush skills and then follow collared cats on foot and in expedition Land Rovers to collect and record behavioral data.
Tasks are: conduct game counts, participate in community education, accompany school children on game drives/hikes, and if you are brave, you may also assist with cat capturing and collaring – all in an effort to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and create a sustainable future for all in the Khomas Hochland.
A team consists of 12 members, 1-3 local scientists and one expedition leader. The first group-team departs from Windhoek on July 29 and returns August 10, 2012. Then one departs in August, three in September and one in October. All are 12-nighters but if serious and dedicated, you can sign on for more than one segment.
NB: This is not a military style ‘boot-camp’. They assure the volunteers will be comfortable, safe and well-fed. Base camp is rustic, but comfortable: safari tents with beds, linens, mosquito netting and basic furniture. There are hot showers, toilets, a communal lounge, rest areas with hammocks and a kitchen.
Scientific knowledge or training is not required. There are no age limits although a moderate fitness level is basic, and although much of the work will be done from Land Rovers, one also needs to be able to walk for about 5 km, sometimes under the hot sun and sometimes on irregular mountainous terrain.
To participate in this over-the-top thrilling and important expedition the land-only cost is $2590. For exact dates and other equally wild research trips click: www.biosphere-expeditions.org. To contact their US office in Florida call 800-407-5761.