N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Rehabilitation Course
This course is offered twice a year in February and October over a fourteen-day period in which day 1 and day 14 will be reserved for arrivals and departures, with a possible off-weekend in between.
During the ten course days, participants will have the privilege of working with three of N/a’ankusê’s core wildlife staff, including founder and director Marlice van Vuuren,a world- renowned conservationist whose background will provide participants with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
This course is perfect for students in the veterinary, zoology and wildlife fields – or for anyone with a keen interest in expanding their knowledge of various species of African wildlife.
Days will consist of theory sessions followed by practical sessions about the wildlife found on our sanctuary. Choose to combine this course with any of our above programs for a full experience.
N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary13 nights & 14 days total -10 course days.2 days reserved for arriving and departingPossible 2 off-days on the weekend
Students in the veterinary, zoology and wildlife fields - or for anyone with a keen interest in expanding their knowledge of various species of African wildlife.
A typical day will include theoretical sessions in the morning and will entail discussions about the various species of wildlife in Namibia, diseases and parasites affecting them, enrichment, conflict management, and feeding ecology. Participants will learn the ins and outs of species specific behaviour, gaining an in-depth understanding of everything from wild dog pack mentality to captive cheetah behaviour.
The theory portion of the course is integral to understanding the basis of these animal’s activity and behaviour. These sessions will also include discussions about human-wildlife conflict and the role conservation organizations play in Namibia. Participants will learn about the role of N/a’an ku sê’s wildlife sanctuary in particular as well as the circumstances of the animals that come into our care from the day of arrival until the day of release. Here participants will have the rare opportunity to gain a better understanding of “how it is in reality” versus “how we wish it could be.” During these sessions, our veteran wildlife coordinators along with Marlice van Vuuren will share their own experiences and relay their detailed knowledge of animals in captivity and in the wild.
Theory sessions will be followed by practical sessions in the afternoon where health, condition, behaviour, social structure, feeding habits and gender differences will be examined using our on-site animals as a visual aid. The practical sessions will provide the chance to observe the behaviour of the species studied in the morning sessions first-hand. Here participants will have the opportunity to visit our big cats and wild dogs, to walk with baboons in the veldt and to observe our other various conservation ambassadors in order to gain a better understanding of their behaviour. Watching the way lions interact over food or the way baboons build a complex social hierarchy will better enable participants to draw conclusions about the various species and learn what contributing factors stand in the way of successful rehabilitation.
We have two options of accommodation at the Wildlife Sanctuary; volunteer rooms with up to two people (same gender) sharing a room, or large tents with a living and bed room are a to be shared by up to two people (same gender or a couple). The rooms are basic butour single beds are comfortable with bedding provided (duvets and pillows). Showers and toilet facilities are communal and hot water is supplied by solar energy and therefore sometimes restricted. Power sockets for electrical items are available in communal areas.