The goal of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife is to help end the African poaching crisis and conserve endangered species. We invite you to join in our conservation efforts on the beautiful Baobab Rhino Conservation Center (BRCC) in Northern South Africa. Not only is this experience an incredible vacation, you will get hands-on conservation experience with some of the most critically endangered species in the world.
You will leave this experience with not only a true appreciation for the magnificent beauty of African wildlife, but you will also come to realize the imminent threats to their survival. But, most importantly, you will leave with a sense of confidence in their continued safety and a sense of achievement for taking part in such a crucial task.
Each day you will get hands-on experience in wildlife conservation and contribute to the preservation and understanding of South Africa’s largest herbivores and predator species!
Each day you will go on world-class game drives where you will have the opportunity to see the BIG 5! Our guests love our Safari Experience almost as much as the Conservation!
The picturesque Baobab Research Center is and extremely comfortable and fully equipped camp complete with including hot water, electricity, and wifi.
There are 5 species of rhino left in the world, 2 of which are endemic to Africa. 70-80% of the global rhino population now reside within Southern Africa. This number continues to come under increasing pressure, placing rhino protection at the forefront of African Wildlife Conservation.
As the national parks take the brunt of the rhino poaching and the media attention, it is important to be aware populations on private reserves (25% of the overall population) face complete elimination from areas that historically have always supported these animals. This is where support and awareness is now needed.
Elephants: Monitoring and Tracking
You will have the chance to track and monitor the local elephant population in an effort to habituate the herd to reserve vehicles for improved data collection, creation of identification kits and viewing. It is of particular importance to understand the population structure, their movements and understand how they are impacting the reserve to assist with management decisions.
- Track elephant populations in the reserve and record GPS locations
- Map out population structure for optimum management of the herds.
- Record elephant behavioral data, movement and feeding patterns to create seasonal range maps.
- All data recorded will be – made available to the scientific community for scientific studies.
Large Predator Observation
You will learn to use and fit camera traps out in the field, to record data to map out unmanaged large predator species on the reserve. You will recover information, either while on bush walks or in the course of our tracking and monitoring routine.
All data will be made available to the scientific community for better understanding of these species and for scientific studies.
50% of all proceeds from this experience goes directly into funding VETPAW’s mission of protecting African Wildlife and employing US Veterans. Your donation dollars are more important today than ever as we continue to expand our areas of protection, hire more veterans, and combat the ever-increasing pressure from poachers.
What is the accommodation like?
Picture a little bush village where you will live wild in our fully equipped Baobab Conservation Centre, including hot water, electricity, and wifi. The Baobab Conservation Centre is an open plan thatched camp where you will share communal huts (dorm rooms with up to 4 people, each with it’s own ensuite bathroom), large kitchen and open air lounge. Our Lapa, fire pit and braai (BBQ) area brings a family feel to our evenings allowing us to stay warm and safe while listening to the sounds of the bush and view the mesmerizing African night sky.
Where is Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre located?
Situated in the beautiful northern foothills of the Soutpansberg Mountains in the Limpopo Province, the Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre is based in one of the truly wildest and remotest parts of South Africa. Combined with the extreme seasonal changes and the striking sandstone landscapes of this area of the savannah biome, the reserve creates a diverse platform from which to demonstrate and educate aspiring conservationists on wildlife monitoring and management. Therefore, students will gain a broad understanding on how to conserve wildlife in healthy manage.
Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre
The Baobab Rhino Conservation Centre (BRCC) has been established to assist in the monitoring and protection of privately owned wildlife in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Baobab Rhino Monitoring Program has prioritised its focus to provide a much needed presence around threaten species on private reserves such as rhino, elephant and leopard in an area where organised poaching is continually a high risk. We run a conservation initiative using the assistance of guest students to improve the knowledge of the reserve, increase the understanding and protection of its flora and fauna while educating students about the real life challenges facing wildlife conservation today.
Additionally BRCC is examining wildlife in a research capacity outlining different populations of indigenous unmanaged species, defining the population numbers of these unknown animals, contributing to the regions knowledge of its indigenous wildlife. Project students will gain from an experience that not only offers you the opportunity to view the beauty of African nature and a unique environment, we also educate students on the processes needed to manage privately owned reserves, preserving diversity of species and genetic quality whereas, still maintaining the animals natural habitat. Students will not only leave with an African working wildlife experience, you will go away with a greater knowledge of how a country like South Africa strives to maintain their natural heritage through a well managed and regulated Wildlife Industry.
We are dedicated to teaching people about practical conservation giving people the tools to understand South Africa model of conservation. You will certainly leave with a clear cut understanding of how people and wildlife coexist in a populated country like SA.