Endangered species conservation and Wildlife rehabilitation field trip

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Overview

Endangered species conservation and Wildlife rehabilitation field trip

It is important that flights arriving in Johannesburg for the Wildlife rehabilitation field trip land by 08h30 at the latest.  This allows 2 hours to clear baggage collection and customs and to get onto the highway.  For later flights, we have an overnight accommodation option and visit Pretoria Zoo (one of the top 10 zoos in the world).

Assuming Johannesburg is your point of arrival, your route to the Lowveld takes you via the Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest green canyon in the world.  Depending on flight arrival and departure from the airport we will take in some of the highlights of this magnificent landscape before dropping down 1000m via fascinating mountain passes to the Lowveld.

Our base during this wildlife rehabilitation module is Moholoholo Wildlife Sanctuary, home to arguably the most successful wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa.  Here we will have our first opportunity to walk in the African bush and learn about aspects of ecology and animal behaviour.  From this base, we have easy access to a variety of optional experiences that will add value to your field trip.

Activities

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation may not be the alpha and omega of conservation, but if offers new life to birds and animals, which have succumbed to the effects of man on their environment. It also offers a unique opportunity to study these creatures in captivity while they recuperate from their ordeals.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is nestled in a picturesque setting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment. The Centre was opened in 1992 and runs on a non-profit basis. It has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of sick and injured animals and birds.

The aim of this wildlife rehabilitation field trip is to examine the validity of the Centre’s mission and to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme regarding animal welfare, educational value and its contribution to conservation.

Endangered Species Conservation

This half day module takes a comprehensive look at a facility that is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species in South Africa.  The cheetah has become synonymous with endangered species conservation programmes and at the forefront of this sector is the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), which we will use as a case study.  Situated on over 100 hectares within the Kapama Private Game Reserve, HESC was established in the late 1980s as part of a breeding programme for the endangered cheetah. However, it has expanded to the breeding for the conservation of other African species for re-introduction into the wild.

The aim of this module is to evaluate the validity of this Centre’s mission, examine the methodology used in achieving this, and the contribution of endangered species breeding to global biodiversity conservation.

Reptile Ecology & Conservation

Reptiles are often highly misunderstood and victims of unnecessary and unfounded prejudice. The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is highly reputed and is often used by National Geographic and the like.  It offers an excellent comprehensive 4 hours course which covers a diversity of South African reptiles, conservation challenges facing these species, physiology of reptiles, and a comprehensive session of handling of snakes and snake bite first aid.

The aim of this session is to counteract prejudice for these animals, determine and evaluate the Centre’s mission and contribution (or not) to conservation.

Optional Extras

Optional Extras

Blyde River Canyon: A full day (non-academic) trip taking in the highlights of this World Heritage Site, such as Bourke's Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Berlin Falls and the Three Rondavels.  After Cape Town’s Table Mountain this is South Africa’s most visited attraction.

Please note The Full day Blyde River Canyon Tour is only included for those groups taking part in the full 4-day programme.

Recommended modules

This module is an ideal first stop on a field trip that starts in Johannesburg and includes Kruger Park Module 2 returning to Johannesburg.  It is also possible to continue from Kruger Park to Zululand and include any of Module 5 and Module 7.  However, if Module 5 or 7 are the “primary modules” of the field trip, it is recommended to start with these and end with Module 1.  Note that it is not possible to cover the travelling distance between the Zululand Modules and Module 1. Therefore the trip needs to be broken with the inclusion of Module 2.

You Need to Know

Quick Info

  • Itineraries are for a minimum of 10 days on the ground in South Africa
  • Groups consist of a minimum of 10 participants
  • Groups are accompanied by at least one responsible adult group leader per 10 students
  • All participants agree to African Insight’s Code of Conduct
  • Proof of travel insurance is supplied before arrival

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