African PrediCat Eco-Learning Experience

This AMAZING 4-Week Program takes Eco-Learner's on an exciting journey through Husbandry, Welfare, Care, Management & Behavior of Predators & Cats.

As we all know Africa is the home to the iconic King of the Beasts – the African Lion. But Africa is also host to a wide and diverse variety of other predators which we expose  as we hunt down revealing information, pounce on learning opportunities and discover new and interesting aspects relating to all representative African Predators and African Cats ranging from the smallest to the largest.

This 4-week African Predi-Cat Management & Behavioral Eco-Learning Volunteer Program is an informative, fun yet formalised African Predator and African Cat focused Eco-Volunteering educational program and comprises learning through a Wildlife Volunteering initiative in a residential, structured and dedicated Predator and African Cat specific eco-learning based on  innovative approaches to deciphering observable predator strategies and behaviors and applying sound operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies, procedures and protocols.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN - WHAT THE ECO-LEARNER CAN EXPECT

Week 1 - 5-Days Predi-Cat Behavioral Research, Monitoring and Intra- Specific Observation & Interpretation.

Much of what you experience during the first week will be carried over to the second week module with continued application practically of what has been learnt. Eco-Learners are guided through the use of various tools, techniques and mechanisms to record, monitor and note interesting behavioural observations and features pertaining to each of the Predators on a daily basis in a fun and informative way. We use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction.

Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of our resident predators  life through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded informal research data which not only is a living memory of your experience at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management. 

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

African Predi-Cat Physical Behaviors – You will identify intra-specific behavioral traits associated with each animal including Passive and Aggressive behaviors, Agonistic behaviors, Recognition behaviors and Communication behaviors.

General Predi-Cat Behaviors – You will do an in-depth study into the Social Organisation, Feeding Behavior, Feeding Ecology, Reproductive Behavior, Parent/Offspring Behavior, Play Behavior, Social Hierarchies to name but a few of the general behaviors we will explore and journal on our Predi-Cat Edu-Eco learning and interactive journey of discovery.

African Predi-Cat Monitoring & Enrichment – Each day you will be tasked with monitoring and documenting different behaviors exhibited through the day, providing feedback of interesting behavioral sequences and traits exhibited by individual predators to the group. In addition we will explore practical and applicable enrichment tools to stimulate our resident predators.

Week 2 - 5-Days Predi-Cat Husbandry, Care, Welfare and Management (Animal & Facility) Interactive Module.

During this component, Eco-Learners will be guided through the various facets of General Predator and African Cat Husbandry, Care, Animal Welfare and Animal Management principles and protocols by a hands-on facilitator/instructor who will guide the experience and the learning outcomes in a fun and entertaining manner. You will get down and dirty with every facet of a Predators life in a quassi captive environment. You will become involve in the various physical Facility Management functions on a day-to-day basis inclusive of repairs and maintenance and general operational requirements through your day. You will be required at close of day to report back on your experience and provide feedback to your participating peers as to what you have experienced for the day. Each day you will be tasked with individual and group research assignments.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

Animal Management Principles, Procedures, Operations and Protocols – You will be involved in the daily Care, Husbandry and Welfare of the resident Predators. This includes feeding tasks, cleaning/cleanliness, monitoring, water management, etc.

Facility Management – You will be exposed to the daily operations of Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and will be asked to do repairs and maintenance around the Centre, assist with the guest interactive component of the business if the need arises, and general assistance where required. You will be exposed to the guest interactive experience.

Facility Project Management – You will be required to become involved in developmental and construction projects from time-to-time and as and when the need arises. Many projects will be ongoing. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down and get dirty.

Predator Knowledge – Getting to Know your Subjects in a fun way. You will be introduced to each of the resident Predators through Predi-Cat-Identi-Kits, the Order Carnivora and its 5 Sub-Orders, Basic Anatomy and Physiology of Predators, Anatomical adaptations, Common traits associated with the various sub-orders, Ancestry and Predator Postures and Locomotion.

Week 3 - 5-Days Wildlife Rehabilitation & Veterinarian Interventions Learning Experience Module

During this 5-day program component, Eco-Learning Volunteers will be exposed to Wildlife Rehabilitation, the principles, procedures, protocols and general management methodologies to successfully rehabilitate injured wildlife for possible release back into their natural environment. The rehabilitation centre at Tenikwa has a long and distinguished track record in rehabilitating wild animals and you will be exposed to the centre and the handling of various animal patients on a day-to-day basis under the expert guidance of the Rehabilitation Centre coordinator.

Due to the very nature of animal rehabilitation and care of resident Predators and African Cats, veterinary assistance will be required from time-to-time. During this 5-day program component you will be exposed to veterinary practices, protocols and procedures from an observation point of view. The resident veterinarian will make time available to discuss various aspects of veterinary practices, treatment strategies and a career as a Veterinarian.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

Principles, Protocols and Procedures for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release – You will explore and research the principles, protocols and procedures for the Rescue, Rehabilitation and release of animals back into their natural habitat. We look at assessment criteria for treatment on arrival, to a care and rehabilitation strategy culminating in the release back into the wild, of rehabilitated animals.

Veterinary Interventions & Procedures – You will be exposed to the veterinary component of rehabilitation and the care of our resident Predators and African Cats at the Centre as and when the need arises. Most of what you will be exposed to is from an observation perspective unless assistance is requested from the veterinarian. There will be weekly check-ups, emergency cases and minor treatments required from time-to-time for our animal patients and our resident Predators. Please note that during the 4-week program you may well be exposed to this component at irregular intervals and may not have this entire 5-day period exposure to the veterinarian. We will ensure that you have adequate exposure to this component.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Techniques, Tools and Methodologies – Birds, Mammals – We explore and research a wide spectrum of Wildlife Rehabilitation techniques, tools and methodologies for injured animals on a daily basis. You will be tasked with a variety of research initiatives from a theoretical perspective and discuss as a group the possible practical applications and implications of using specific techniques, tools and methodologies.

Week 4 - 5-Days African Predi-Cat Experience Summary, Conservation Research and Conservation Projects

During this component of the program, Eco-Learners will be tasked with an additional group task being undertaken where all observations found and observed on our Predi-Cat journey so far, are brought together in a group project based. Individual experiences and interesting facts pertaining to a Predators life, ecology, behaviour and adaptability are collated by the group into a presentation format. Each day participants will be required to compile their own account of a Predators life in a quassi captive environment through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience with the African Edu-Eco Wizard team at the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management.

In addition to this you will be exposed to a variety of regional and localised Conservation Projects & Conservation Research Initiatives. This region, due to its diversity of habitat and endemic species accounts are a favoured research zone.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience in this Program:

Conservation Projects – Conservation projects in the region include clearing of Invasive and Alien plant species; Monitoring Estuarine Ecosystems; Clearing Hiking paths and trails; Beach debris clean ups and documenting debris found; Seal Colony Observations from Land and sea; Animal Release Initiatives to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these Conservation projects during your stay with us.

Conservation Research Initiatives - These initiatives include Bird Ringing; Fish monitoring; Fynbos Research initiatives; Bird monitoring; Marine Animal research initiatives, Reptile & Snake Handling initiatives; Macro Invertebrate Research; and Seabird Research, Elasmobranch Egg Case Research; to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these research initiatives during your stay with us. We will surprise you from time-to-time. Expect the unexpected.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE SCHEDULED DATES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Herewith the dates for 2016 and 2017:-

SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2016

SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2017

6th  June – 1st   July 2016

9th January – 4th February 2017

4th  – 29th  July 2016

6thMarch – 1st April 2017

1st – 26th August 2016

1st – 27th May 2017

5th – 30th September 2016

3rd – 29th July 2017

3rd – 28th October 2016

7th August – 2nd September 2017

7th November – 2nd December 2016

4th – 30th September 2017

 

2nd – 28th October 2017

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at Matric or University or Life Experiences level
Required Documents
CV, Completed Application Form, Copy of Passport and Medical and Insurance Cover
Other Skills
Energy, enthusiasm, passion, commitment, adventurous spirit and a willingness to learn
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

Full and comprehensive activity profiles are given to participants on arrival so as to budget accordingly for exploring the region and the incredible variety of activities and adventures on offer in the Garden Route region.

One can expect adventures to be mild to wild. From Bungy Jumping, to Skydiving, to Sea Kayaking, to Canoeing in Wilderness sections of various rivers, to Black Water Tubing, to Paragliding, to Swimming with Seals, to Great White Shark encounters, to Walking or Hiking a number of the most scenic routes available on the Garden Route, to Mountain Biking, to Trail Running. You name it we have it. African Edu-Eco Wizard will assist in organizing your extra-mural activities. This list is not comprehensive by any means and can be embroidered on extending all the way from Mossel Bay to Oudsthoorn to Jefferies Bay to Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park and the Sundays river.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Services

What's included?
Included: All arrival and departure transport components for your program. This is for arrival and departure from George. Complimentary transport on Wednesday afternoon to town to stock up on supplies. All accommodation for the duration of the program. You will be provided three balanced meals per day. • Tea and Coffee will be available throughout the day, • Fresh linen is given weekly. A washing machine is available as is an iron. WiFi. A Workbook, Tuition, Professional Instructor. Certifcate
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

We collect our Eco-Learners from George Airport ONLY. The approximate travelling time between George and our Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre Base in the Crags is about 2-hours. It is advised that you arrive on the day prior to the commencement of the program and depart on the final day of your scheduled program date. Should accommodation extensions be required this will be for your own account.

Accommodation

All accommodation is on a SHARING basis – 2 in a room with bathroom on suite. All accommodation is comfortable, up-to-date with necessary amenities.
Eco-Learners are expected to keep their rooms and/or tents and personal belongings tidy at all times and participate in any chores as required for the cleanliness and operation of the shared facilities, vehicle

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You will be provided three balanced meals per day. A basic breakfast, brunch or lunch and dinner daily.
Meal times are: Breakfast 7h30 am. Lunch 12h00 pm. Dinner 18h30 pm
Breakfast Format – Help yourself - Breakfast; cereals, fruit, yoghurts, toast and spreads
Lunch Format – Lunch will be help yourself to lunch – with breads, fruits, cold meats, salad of the day and spreads.
Dinner Format – A hot meal will be served and will include a meat, starch and vegetable.
DRINKS are for own account

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2300

You can volunteer at the project site in Plettenberg Bay/South Africa between 4 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Edu-Eco will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$575/week
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 African Edu-Eco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, 6602 Plettenberg Bay, South Africa