Wildlife Ambassadors: Primatology and Conservation Courses
Course: Primatology and Conservation II
What You'll Study:
Overview of topics:
Diet and habitat preferences of South African primates
Geographical distribution of South African primates
Threats to and conservation status of South African primates
Social organization in nonhuman primates - mating systems, social group structure and population structure
Social organization of South Africa’s nonhuman primates
Reproductive biology of chacma baboons
How to behave in the presence of wild animals
Locating primates by sight and sound
Observing primates in the forest
Course format: 6 hours of classroom instruction at C.A.R.E., followed by field research and learning at Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve for 4 days (3 nights).
Offered to: all volunteers on set dates; any interested and able volunteer by prior arrangement with C.A.R.E.’s volunteer coordinator (Hannah Young; email@example.com).
Cost: if you are already volunteering at C.A.R.E. this is offered at $250 (includes transportation to the site and meals) .
Prerequisites: Students must be able to walk 10-15 km per day in forested terrain with uneven, rocky surfaces and thick undergrowth, and be able to handle primitive camping conditions (sleeping in tents, bucket or river bathing, pit latrine, no cell phone or wi-fi signals).
What to bring (mandatory): In addition to your usual volunteering items, those participating on Course II must bring the following items: sleeping bag, sturdy high-top hiking shoes, binoculars, daypack, water bottle, flashlight (torch), personal prescription medications and, if applicable, a list of known allergies and special medical conditions.
Course requirements: attendance at all classroom and field sessions; completion of a written exam. Primatology and Conservation II students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of course requirements.
Class size: minimum of 3, maximum of 6 students per session.
How to Apply: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Instructor: Carolyn Bocian, Ph.D. is a primatologist, biologist and educator. Her background includes 11 years as an animal caretaker in zoos and sanctuaries; 5 years as a field researcher in central, western and southern Africa; and 7 years as a professor of biology and environmental science. She is a member of the IUCN-Species Survival Commission’s Primate Specialist Group and the International Primate Protection League. Dr. Bocian and Course Facilitator Linda Barnes are co-founders and co-directors of Rainbow Eco-Farm and Training Center (REFTC), an educational nonprofit based near Johannesburg. REFTC’s mission is twofold: to break the spirit of poverty in South Africa by empowering underprivileged teens and young adults through education and training; and to inspire compassionate caretaking of the land and the animals. The Wildlife Ambassadors program is an outgrowth of this mission.