This is a two week trip to South Africa. For the first week I will be based in Kruger National Park Reserve, home to the impressive big five game species. I will be helping to collect data to monitor the effect large herbivores have on the enclosed reserves and ensure that this practice is monitored and evaluated so conservation goals are achieved.
During this week I will be learning bush training skills and how to use GPS and compass for navigation, I will take part in various surveys such as, Game transects by vehicle to monitor large mammal populations, bird point counts and elephant impact surveys.
For the second week I move onto Sodwana Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, here I will be completing an Indian Ocean reef ecology course.
I am 18 and in my first year at Boston College in Lincolnshire studying, Level 3 Animal Management. On my days off I work at two local farms helping with their livestock, my jobs involve cleaning, feeding and making sure the animals are in good health.
The estimated cost of the expedition is £5000, this includes participation in the Operation Wallacea programe, flights, internal travel, park fees, reef fees and hire of diving equipment. As I am putting every effort into my studies, so that I can achieve the highest grades possible, I am struggling to find time to participate in fundrasing activites.
For me this will be an amazing opportunity to launch my dreams into a career with animals, along with the wonderul prospects of travelling the world. I believe that this work is paramount to the continual support needed by these vunerable creatures worldwide. That is why I am asking for your help.