Carnivore Research Assistant

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Emma
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Join the project team in collecting data on Namibia's native carnivores, in their stunning natural habitat, and help to reduce human-wildlife conflict! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Project

Set in the wild and stunning area of Neuras, this project was built to reduce the human-wildlife conflict that unfortunately, is having a detrimental effect on Namibia's carnivore population. The main focus of this project is to gather vital data on native carnivores such as cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs, and supply this data to various local farmers.

Unfortunately, some farmers believe that big cats are threatening their livestock and will set traps to capture and kill any carnivores that wander onto their property. By providing monitoring and observation data, collected by the team and volunteers alike, you will be able to demonstrate to locals that the animal in question is not a threat and relocate the carnivore if they are still suspected of being a problem. 

As a volunteer on this project, you will experience the Namibian desert in all of its glory by partaking in project activities such as game counts, radio telemetry tracking, camera trap setting, and capture, mark, release. As Neuras is home to a large vineyard, you may also be involved in all aspects of the seasonal winemaking (including taste testing!) with all the profits heading straight back into animal conservation and research.

Create unforgettable memories while playing a pivotal role in saving and preserving Namibia's endemic carnivores, and work towards building a future for humans and wildlife to co-exist harmoniously. 

Prior to Arrival

Citizens of most countries (including the UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia and most of Europe) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Namibia and are granted entry for up to 90 days upon arrival. You will, however, need at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the immigration officials to use and your passport must be valid for a period of at least 6 months from your date of entry. Please note that visas are of your own responsibility.

Typical day

First Day

Arriving at Windhoek Airport, you will be met by a project representative and will transfer to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will spend your first night. You'll spend the evening relaxing before your early transfer the next day.

Second Day
Today you'll transfer to the carnivore research site which will take approx. 4.5 hours' drive, upon arrival you'll witness the breath-taking scenery and will settle down for the afternoon/evening before your first days' volunteering the following day.

Project Days
For the next 2 weeks, you'll jump into action playing a crucial role in carnivore conservation and research! With a heavy focus on data collection, you'll work with the project team on various memorable tasks including the following:

Game Counts
As a volunteer, you'll regularly take part in game counts. You and the researchers will head out in search of the resident carnivores and will record information such as the number, age, sex and group compositions of local mammals in the area. The information gathered from each count will allow the research team to further understand the capacity and prey base of the large carnivores.

Camera Trap Setting
You'll help to set up, collect and collate the data from camera traps, allowing the research team to gain a better understanding of some of the overlooked and nocturnal species that live on the research site. Volunteers spend some time learning about, assessing and entering the data gathered from these traps!

Cheetah Feeding
There are 7 rescued cheetahs that call the Neuras site home and as a volunteer, you will assist in caring for these incredibly beautiful carnivores. You'll prepare their food, feed them and take part in cleaning their 50-hectare enclosure. This is a vital aspect of the work here and is the perfect opportunity to see these remarkable carnivores up close!

Capture, Mark, Release
During your time in Neuras, you might have the opportunity to be apart of the capture, mark, release of elusive big cats, such as leopards. Sometimes it is necessary for an animal to be fitted with a GPS  or VHF collar for continued monitoring purposes. These collars are an invaluable tool in tracking these animals and help to establish the carnivores movement patterns. 

Radio Telemetry Tracking
Sometimes observation in person is the most effective way to collect information on a carnivore. Volunteers may have the chance to get out in the field and use telemetry equipment to locate the animal and make direct visual assessments! 

Wine Making
January- March is the season for winemaking! Volunteers staying at Neuras during this time will be involved in all aspects of the winemaking, you may even have the chance to taste a glass or two! 

Last Day at Neuras
After breakfast, you'll transfer back to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary where you'll spend your final evening. Enjoy a night by the fire with your fellow volunteers relaying your experience and relaxing before your flight home or commencing your onward travel plans the following day. 

Free-time activities

As well as the other listed activities, volunteers have the chance to enjoy a relaxing swim in the neighbouring rivers and for an additional cost could book on a day trip. Day trips to Sossusvlei, the highest sand dunes in the world and hiking in the Naukluft mountains can be booked on site. 



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Due to some hiking involved, we recommend that volunteers come with at least a moderate-good level of fitness. No specific skills are required - all we ask is that you arrive with a willingness to get involved with every activity, have a respect for the wildlife and sanctuary staff with whom you’ll be working, and function well as part of a team.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by The Great Projects
  • A contribution to the project itself (including funding for items such as building materials, food, animal medications, tracking equipment, etc)
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfers to and from Neuras
  • Full orientation and support from the project managers for the duration of your time on the project
  • Accommodation, three meals per day, and tea and coffee
Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport
You should arrive on a Friday between 7am - 5pm, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary (approx 45 minutes drive) for a nights' stay before the following day transfer to the Neuras site. 
At Neuras, you will be staying in fixed tents located across from natural springs. There are two to a tent - same gender or couples. Bed linen and towels are provided and there are showers and toilets facilities on site. There is a main lounge area with a barbecue facility (usually referred to as a Braai). Please note there is no mobile reception in this area. Whilst at the research site there is an opportunity to upgrade your accommodation to a stone built en-suite chalets for an additional fee.

Food & Beverages

 Three meals a day are provided for you on a help yourself basis whilst on the project. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and other drinks can be purchased from the bar at the project site. You may be asked to assist in the preparation of the meals and on some nights volunteers will get the chance to enjoy a pizza that they have cooked themselves in the dedicated pizza oven!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Namibia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This project takes place on every Friday throughout the year. Please contact us to find out whether your preferred start date is available.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens March 2021. Apply Now!

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
17 days (min. stay)
17 days (max. stay)
Average fees
$552 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. The Great Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Great Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Carnivore Research Assistant

Join the project team in collecting data on Namibia's native carnivores, in their stunning natural habitat, and help to reduce human-wildlife conflict!


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