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Kevin Richardson lion whisperer Wildlife Sanctuary program South Africa

By participating in the program you will gain experience in the wildlife/conservation field. You can participate either 2, 4 or 6 weeks in this program. It is year round and starts each Monday. They can accommodate up to 12 volunteers/students at once and is open to those who would like to gain experience in the wildlife/conservation field. The Dinokeng Game Reserve in which the Welgedacht Game Reserve is situated, is the first free-roaming big five game reserve in Gauteng.

This program allows you to be involved in the restoration and maintenance of the 1200 ha Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa and maintain and care for the animals that live at the sanctuary which was set up by Kevin Richardson.

The Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuarys mission is to provide a self-sustaining African carnivore sanctuary for the purposes of wild species preservation through education, awareness and funding, especially pertaining to the rapid decline of large carnivores in Africa due to habitat loss, human-predator conflict, unscrupulous hunting, disease and their illegal trade.

Each day the duties are being divided among the participants. The 'experienced' participants and staff members will guide the new students/volunteers in the beginning. Duties in this project include any one of the following: Tracking of collared game movement with telemetry equipment, fence checks and where necessary erecting of new fences or repairs to existing fences, new roads and continuing road maintenance to get into previously in-accessible areas, the creation of walking trails and look out points for on- going game counting and monitoring, assistance on filming jobs for commercial or documentary work if they are taking place during the internship, food preparation including cutting of meat for feeding and storage of excess meat for the next feed, animal enrichment including walking of adult lions where Kevin walks the lions and the volunteers follow in the game viewer from a safe distance.

The fee to participate in this program:
1150 GBP for 2 weeks
2050 GBP for 4 weeks
3200 GBP for 6 weeks

This includes the following:
- Accommodation
- All meals
- Coffee and tea
- Pick up/drop off Airport - Reserve
- Laundry
- Internet for basic usage (email)
- In country assistance and support

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