Elephant Study & Conservation Volunteer Project
offers you the
opportunity to work with elephants in the buffer zones of the Amboseli
and Tsavo West National parks.
Elephants normally require
huge swaths of land for foraging and watering. Competition between
humans and animals forces the elephant to move into areas adjacent
creating conflict with the
Varying elephant migratory
patterns have made it hard to acquire data showing the distribution,
numbers, etc; data that can be used in
conservation and wildlife management efforts.
Both at Amboseli in the
background of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and
at Rombo, near Kenya’s Tsavo West national park, interns and
volunteers will work on the Elephant Conservation and study.The
participants will be using
their statistical and analytical
tools in carrying out the study while collecting data on the elephants.
The data so collected will also go a long way in helping to solve the
interns/volunteers will work towards achieving the following set
of research objectives.
- Determine the distribution
- Identify individuals and
- Identify other animals and
plats in the area occupied by
- Identify the migratory
patterns of the elephants.
- Identify some of the main
causes of conflict between the
elephants and humans, and their possible
Under the guidance of local
scientists and technicians, interns and
volunteers in the elephant project will be involved in carrying out the
A vehicle survey will be
conducted daily from 7 am to 1:30 pm in Amboseli (
7 am to 11 am in Rombo) and again between 4 pm and 6. 30 pm. Four days
a week will be used for this work. The interns/Volunteers will fill the
elephant study- identification sheets, which will later be used
- Scouting for groups/families
- Counting all the elephants
in each group.
- Counting all males, females,
sub adults, babies and the infants in each group
- Identifying and documenting
all other wildlife, especially mammals, birds, reptiles, arthropods and
amphibians found in the area.
On completion of the
research, it is anticipated that the data will be extensively used in
aiding with the conservation efforts for the elephants.
It is also hoped that the study will help identify the causes and
trends of human/animal conflict in the area, and come up with concrete
suggestions on how these can be managed.
Accommodation and Logistics
Unless otherwise provided, three local meals per day are provided as is
daily transportation to and from work. All our African wildlife
interns are accommodated in camping tents within the project area.
and interns abroad with wildlife projects are
bring their own warm sleeping bag - a
foam mattresses is provided.
other logistics - click here.
Project: 16th of every month;
Project: 3rd of every month.
Wildlife Placement: Arrive on either of the two dates.
with non-wildlife programs/projects - Arrival on 1st or 3rd
Wednesday of every month.