3 weeks - A basic conservation course, consisting of a theoretical component, followed by active participation in practical exercises. 1 week programmes are available on request.
Aim of the Programme
To equip participants with the aptitude in conserving the wildlife of Southern Africa; to build awareness of conservation on a broader global scale; and to facilitate the experience of the beauty and rich diversity of South Africa.
Participants will work side-by-side with the centre’s full-time personnel. All personel have a contagious passion for conservation, and are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise about the African bushveld and its inhabitants.
Be eager to learn and to participate in HESC’s conservation work
Have a desire to make a difference while gaining invaluable experience and knowledge
Be prepared to work hard and be a team player
Be willing to get dirty and work hands-on with the animals in their habitat
Have a true love of wildlife and genuine concern for conservation
Be prepared to have some fun
Malaria & Vaccinations
Although HESC is in a low-risk Malaria area, participants may have the opportunity to travel into the greater Kruger National Park area which is considered a Malaria zone. We advise participants to consult with their doctor for any vaccinations or about the use of malaria tablets before their travels to South Africa
Working with cheetah, wild dog, white rhino and many other animal species (including those born at HESC and those rescued)
Preparation of food and feeding of the animals
Possibility of working with the wildlife vet (including darting and capturing for the purpose of operating, blood sampling or translocation of animals, as well as assisting with post-mortems)
Possibility of assisting in the hand-rearing of animals
Local community involvement (e.g. visiting schools in rural areas)
Plants and ecology
Firearm handling and safety
Tracks and signs
South African history and cultural diversity
A trip to the reptile park
Identification of plants on walking excursions
Tracking in the bush
A trip to Kruger National Park
Natural and traditional food preparation
Sunscreen and hat
Comfortable walking boots and socks
Books to read
Laptop or any other personal device
Sign up to receive our newsletter and reduced offers.