This is an incredible and unique internship program for those interested in wildlife conservation. You will intern in Kruger National Park, where Reserve Management interns live amongst wildlife, assist with research, wildlife conservation and reserve maintenance.
This wildlife internship at world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP) ranks among the best in Africa. The Reserve Management internship base camp is located at an amazing spot, right on the Olifants River in the heart of the national park. You can see the resident hippo from the camp, and elephants, buffalo, giraffes and lions are among the regular stream of animals constantly visiting the river.
Interns work closely with local staff, including the reserve manager and scientific coordinator, assisting with daily animal monitoring, research and maintenance tasks. This a hands-on wildlife internship in Africa, where interns get practical learning in a unique setting.
Reserve Management interns accompany reserve staff on daily duties, and can get training and experience in reserve operations and management, data collection, bush ecology, and safety policies. You can assist with data collection from camera traps, biodiversity survey sites, and on a Cybertracker GIS project.
Research projects reveal important data on animal health and behavior, informing conservation activities that benefit some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Your experiences and specific projects will depend on the season and the needs and undertakings of the reserve at the time.
Reserve management is not solely about working with animals, so interns will also get experience in assisting with other general tasks around the reserve. Erosion control, road maintenance, bush clearing and manual labour are all core duties of reserve management that interns can be required to assist with. It is always endeavored to balance exciting wildlife-related activities with everyday maintenance work.
As well as a unique learning opportunity for interns, this program directly benefits wildlife conservation in South Africa. Interns provide valuable assistance with reserve management in Kruger Park, as research assists the international Panthera Predator Monitoring Project, and the income generated is donated to non-profit research and conservation groups in the region.
Reserve management interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Reserve operations and management
- Data collection
- Bush ecology
- Camera trapping
- Conducting surveys
- Cybertracking GIS projects
- Assessing animal health and behavior
- Informing conservation activities
- Reserve maintenance
Professional development opportunities:
- Assist research projects on a range of African animals
- Experience wildlife in a world-renowned reserve
- Take part in real life reserve management tasks
- Mostly full-time Monday to Friday, depending on weather, season and research requirements. Interns may be required to assist research outside normal work hours or on weekends on arrangement.
- Experience life living on an operational game reserve
- Learn from experienced reserve managers and scientists
- Contribute to conservation efforts that aid some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife
Types of host organizations:
- Kruger National Park
|“I worked as an intern on the Intern Abroad HQ “Reserve Management - Kruger National Park” program for 12 weeks. During this time, I participated in daily animal transects, bird count and sign drives, and camera trap set-up activities. My passion as a conservationist is the study of predator activity, so my preferred focus during the internship was the proactive completion of Leopard I.D. project. I used camera trap image data to identify individual leopards (as accurately as possible) and put together updated information regarding the leopard population within the region where we were gathering data. I am confident enough to work on any such conservation activities within part of the world - especially where there are leopards! The personal gain of this internship for me has been my development into a more confident and committed human being. I successfully uploaded a lot of valuable data to the conservation logs, which provided the satisfaction of learning techniques for the software, but also of having personally contributed to the strengthening of a database that will help future interns and conservationists. My greatest achievement of all during this internship has been the successful completion of the leopard identification project that I undertook. This will be an asset to the conservation work but is also an asset to my own future as a career conservationist.” - Tumpa Saha, India.|
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Please note that program fees for all South Africa Environmental internships include return transportation to the airport. This transportation service is scheduled on specific dates and times. To ensure the schedule works for you, check with your Internships Manager for details before booking your departure flights.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient.