African Savannah Conservation Internships
Preserving and protecting Kenya’s incredible biodiversity and wildlife is the main goal of the African Savannah Conservation Project. As an intern, you will live and work on a 48,000-acre reserve in the Great Rift Valley, contributing to vital conservation efforts and research. The reserve is a breeding ground for a diverse range of wild animals and home to more than 450 bird species and over 50 species of mammal. More than 100 critically endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe (some 10% of the world population which remains in the wild today) live in the reserve.
The project is based at the Soysambu Conservancy, which is located three hours north of Nairobi. Here, we work to preserve local biodiversity through research and monitoring. Along with hundreds of bird species, you can expect to see buffalo, lions, zebra, waterbuck, impala, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, hyenas, leopards, and hippos.
Our main research focus is on the Rothschild’s Giraffe and we conduct research on these animals as part of a larger project with other reserves. This research is shared with other conservation authorities with similar aims to ensure the survival of Africa’s wildlife for future generations. Ultimately, these joint research efforts could determine the fate of this sub species. All research takes place at Soysambu under the guidance of our skilled and experienced local staff.
This project is suitable for anyone with a passion for nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors. You don’t need any previous experience to intern on this project.
The activities you can take part in are:
- Endangered species research: Rothschild’s Giraffe and its micro-ecology
- Mammal, bird, and plant population studies using observation and tracking techniques
- Removal of invasive plans
- Maintaining natural water holes for animals
- Road maintenance
- Mammal inventories using motion detection camera traps
- Animal and plant identification
- Anti-poaching patrols
- Community work (introducing tree nurseries, for example)
Work at the conservancy consists of a combination of observational research tasks and practical hands on work. You usually work five days a week, typically from 8am to noon and then again from 2pm until 5pm. Depending on the activities, you may be required to start earlier or finish later or even work over the weekend.
The work is divided up among all of our volunteers using a weekly schedule. Trained local staff are on hand to supervise activities and provide support. You will also be able to take part in workshops designed to teach you about different aspects of the project and the environment you will come to call home.
The major focus of this project is to aid in the conservation of Kenya’s native biodiversity. With Soysambu being home to more than Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), we have decided to make this project a priority as there are only 670 individuals of this sub species left in the wild. By volunteering on this project, you will have an active role in the protection of a sub species that is more endangered than the rhino.
To contribute to our overall aim, work is also focused on the reserve’s other wildlife such as Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), plains zebra (Equus quagga), impala (Aepyceros melampus), hyena (Crocuta crocta), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious), and leopard (Panthera pardus), to name a few. These mammals, along with 200 species of bird and 100 species of indigenous plants, keep our staff and volunteers very busy in achieving our goals.
Kenya is renowned for being the ultimate safari destination and animals can be seen roaming wild along the roadsides. However, as the human population multiplies there is the continuous and increasing threat of poaching, pollution, and damage caused by residential and commercial development. Reserves such as Soysambu create havens for wildlife and allow wilderness areas to flourish.
With such a wide range of research and practical projects at Soysambu, you will learn a new range of skills. In addition to the practical skills learned through the day-to-day responsibilities of volunteering on a wildlife reserve, you gain an increased awareness of the African landscape, its animals, and their ecology.
Additional Program Info
This African Savannah internship on BridgEd powered by Projects Abroad can be done for a duration of 4 weeks or 8 weeks, with the choice to extend on a per-week basis
4 weeks – INR 223,000
8 weeks – INR 311,000
Extra week – INR 22,000
The fees charged are used to cover the cost of your experience on our programs abroad. This fee covers:
- Travel to and from the airport
- Travel and health insurance
- Food and accommodation
- support and guidance as well as 24-hour emergency back-up from our local office in your destination
- all information before and during your time with us overseas
These fees do not include flights and visas where applicable.
- Prep Work 0
- Work Ex. 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes