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Wildlife Protection – Zambezi and Hwange National Park

The main objective is to assist wildlife conservation in Zambezi and Hwange National Parks by collecting various form of animal population data. This main objective brings about various activities and sub objectives: (i) ZNP road transect: Objective: to produce a set of baseline data for large mammal populations which can be used in subsequent years to monitor population changes. (ii)24 hours' count at Chamabondo Vlei. Objective: same as in (i) (iii)Road transects and 24 hours' counts at Sinamatella. Objectives: same as in (i) and (ii) (iv) “Outlying area patrol” Objectives: - detect the presence of rare or other interesting species: Wild Dogs, Black Rhinos, Cheetah, Lions, collared Elephants and Buffaloes, Ostriches and Brown Hyenas. - search for signs of illegal activity (especially snares) at water points in areas that are rarely patrolled. The aim of this activity is to support the anti-poaching unit and help it to point more efficiently the areas subjected to poaching pressure. - list birds as per the protocols of the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP 2). This project is now in its second part (the 1st one was in 1997) and its aim is to create a bird atlas. - locate and monitor nests of vultures and Black Eagles still for the SABAP 2 projects. - monitor water supplies for animals in areas away from tourist routes. (v) Mandavu Dam bird count. Objective: to collect data on bird numbers at Mandavu Dam, which is the largest body of water in the Park and therefore holds a good representative sample of the water birds in residence at any given stage of the year. (vi) Assistance with game-water supplies. Objective: To help Parks staff maintain water supplies for animals during the dry season. •Development activities (One day per mission).
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• Supervision of the volunteer : Referent(s) for supervising the volunteer and missions: Trevor Lane and Stephen Long. Both are trustees of Bhejane Trust. Stephen Long will accompany the volunteer on the ground. • Participation of the volunteer: DETAILS OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES Apart from road transects, all activities will be carried out by foot, with the protection of armed rangers. -ZNP road transect: The counting is done from a vehicle, on roads. -24 hour’s count at Chamabondo Vlei: Bhejane has taken the responsibility to extend a series of dry season game counts at Masuma Dam in the Sinamatella area, for which data goes back approximately 30 years. Volunteers are usually working in pairs, and they observe and record all mammals drinking at the dam throughout a 24 hour period. The dam can be watched from a viewing platform with no risk. -Road transects and 24 hour ‘s counts at Sinamatella: Road transects will be done from a vehicle, on roads that are opened to normal tourists. Sinamatella already has considerable baseline data on populations collected during the past years by volunteers. Hence, to continue monitoring will permit to detect any changes that may trigger management actions by the Parks Authority. -Assistance with game-water supplies: A lot of the dry season water supplies for animals are artificial. Pumps are maintained by the Parks Authority. Bhejane Trust assists the Parks staff in keeping this game water infrastructure running. The objective is especially to maintain solar pumps, which have been donated by Bhejane Trust. -Development activities (One day per mission): In Zambezi National Park, these could include work on water supplies for game ,in Chamabondo Vlei, refurbishment of the viewing platforms or in Siansimba Camp, searching for snares along the river. At Sinamatella, our main development activities involve installation and maintenance of pumps for artificial water supplies for game. At each water point, volunteers will circle the area, checking the trees and bushes for snares and looking for tracks of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Ostriches and Rhinos along the paths . They may also set camera traps or collect cameras that were set by previous patrols. Moreover, at water points, volunteers will note the amount of water available (ie ‘full’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ etc). This sort of information can be valuable because much of the water supply for animals in Hwange is artificially pumped and knowledge of the amount and distribution of natural water can help when decisions are made about increasing or decreasing the artificial supply.
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Bhejane Trust : PU’s volunteers support is very important as it helps Bhejane Trust to achieve the above objectives and to provide a real assistance to the parks. Hwange National Park : Management of the Park is organized in a structured hierarchy with a number of specialized units that deal with the various different functions and activities in the Park. The Park is a very large area to manage and there are never enough rangers available for all the work to be done. For this reason, Bhejane Trust and Planète Urgence volunteers are able to provide valuable support to many of the different units in the Park. Zambezi National Park: Bhejane Trust and PU’s volunteers make up for the lack of funding.
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Congé solidaire
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Mininum de 3 à maximum de 6
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At arrival at Victoria Falls volunteers, are met by a driver (Harrison) from a specialist tourist-transfer company and driven to Victoria Falls by minibus. The journey takes approx 20 minutes. From Victoria Falls, transport into the Zambezi National Park is by 4 x 4 open safari vehicle. Depending on the part of the Park the volunteers are going to, the journey takes between thirty minutes and one hour. The journey from Victoria Falls to Sinamatella takes around 3 hours and is by minibus, then by 4 x 4 vehicle at the Park arrival. Throughout the time spent in the park, transport is in 4x4 open-topped safari vehicles. The volunteers will be met by Trevor Lane, Stephen Long or Harrisson at the airport, depending on circumstances. Victoria Falls airport has a cell-phone network and it is easy for the driver to communicate with Stephen Long or Trevor Lane in case of difficulty. If Harrison collects the volunteers at the airport, Trevor or Stephen will certainly meet and greet them in Victoria Falls which is only 15km from the airport.
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Victoria Falls
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- At Siansimba (Zambezi National Park): The accomodation is in tents, in a camp next to the river. Breakfast and evening meals will be served in camp and lunch will be taken ‘in the field’. 3 nights + 1 night at the counting platform ,chamabondo - At Sinamatella (Hwange National Park): The accomodation is in two or four-bed National Parks Lodges Accommodation which are comfortable and adequately suit the life and activities of field researchers but are not luxurious. At Sinamatella, breakfast and evening meals are served at Lodge 15 where some of the volunteers will sleep and where we all meet for meals, briefings etc. (4 nights in the lodges + 1 nightcamping at Masuma Dam) - Camping out in the park: sometimes this is at organized picnic or camping sites with toilets and washing facilities but more often we simply stay somewhere close to the work we are doing and there are no such facilities. ( 3 nights) - Victoria falls Rest Camp (Vicfalls) (1 night)
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Bhejane provides tents, mattresses, and other necessary equipment and we carry a supply of fresh water with us. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags. At Zambezi National Park, accommodation is in tents on the site next to the Zambezi River. As at Sinamatella, Bhejane provides tents and mattresses.
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