Game Capture wildlife programme South Africa

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Game Capture volunteers assist an experienced South African wildlife vet and their professional game capture team with wildlife relocations throughout the Eastern Cape. During this 2-week session, volunteers are involved in every aspect of the capture from planning to immobilization, then transport and release. Training includes providing treatments as needed, monitoring vitals, and physically transporting a wide variety of species. Lectures and discussion groups with experts in the field allow for a comprehensive wildlife experience. Anyone with an interest in exotic medicine, conservation, or simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience is welcome to join! Vet/Animal Activities: The majority of our African wildlife experience is through game capture: the tranquilization of wild animals for treatment or relocation. Tasks include monitoring vitals, injecting medication, and physically transporting the animal. Students also learn about the dart gun and have an opportunity to practice under supervision (firearm operation & safety training is provided). *Please note: This is a physically demanding session- volunteers will not be asked to perform tasks outside of their comfort zone, but they should be prepared to be active most of the day. Types of Capture: Helicopter Capture Curtain Capture Net Capture Dart Gun Capture Passive Capture Cage Traps Lecture & Discussion Topics: Safety protocols during game capture Pharmacology (species-specific tranquilizers) Species identification Dart gun safety, introduction and practice Types of capture (when, why, and how) Hunting (Canned, Trophy, Conservation, etc.) Population control (culling vs. relocation) Ethics of game capture Ethics of specialized breeding Experience: Animal Experience (hours/week): 30-40 Vet Experience (hours/week): 30-40 Clinical Experience (hours/week): 10-20 Surgical Experience (hours/week): 0 There are many reasons that an animal might need to be captured, including: Genetic Variation: Most wild animals in South Africa are contained within a government and private game reserves to protect them from the growing human population. This has created a need to closely monitor the population of animals within each reserve to prevent inbreeding and overpopulation. Animals are moved in and out periodically to mix up the gene pool. Land: Sometimes the land on a game reserve becomes inappropriate for type or number of animals on it and they must be relocated, i.e. during a drought or after a bush fire. Poachers: Another danger for animals in game reserves is illegal hunting, also known as poaching. This is especially troubling for reserves with certain species like the white rhino. When a game reserve experiences a high level of poaching, the animals may be removed to a different part of the reserve or another reserve for their own safety. Illness/Injury: This is not as common a reason as most people think it is, because wildlife are usually more difficult to find and capture when they’re ill or injured. The sedation may even be more of a risk than leaving the condition unattended. Money is also a consideration, as it often is in veterinary medicine- the worth of one animal may not be great enough to warrant the necessary vet bills (similar to a production animal point-of-view). Game Farms: This is a major reason for game capture in South Africa and it’s a strange concept for people from the Western world- a man with a private game reserve may buy a giraffe simply because he wants to own a giraffe. The process is strictly regulated to ensure that the land is appropriate, the vet is using acceptable drugs & equipment, and the animal’s welfare is not compromised. This is a controversial topic and there are many factors to consider (including those mentioned above)- students have an opportunity discuss this topic with our wildlife vet, Program Coordinators, and each other as a group discussion.
Game Capture Program: Session 1: 23 April 2022 - 09 May 2022 Session 2: 23 July 2022 - 08 Aug 2022 *GC sessions will only go ahead if booked with a minimum of 4 people per session.* Rates 2 weeks - 3200 USD This includes accommodation, meals, transfers on site.
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