Wildlife Conservation in Tanzania

Emboret Reserve, Tanzania

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15 people
7 days
Code: 504
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Animals are a big part of experiencing Africa, but it’s a responsibility to preserve these beautiful animals from going extinct and provide a balance to the ecosystem too!

Tanzania is a popular destination for safari tours, but it can invite poachers who want to hunt those animals for their own business interests.

But in rural areas under the management of local wildlife authorities, an area where animals living together with human peacefully, there live a brave group of villagers working hard to preserve these local wildlife.

Known as Village Game Scouts, these individuals prioritize wildlife conservation, and regularly keep checks on illegal poachers. They also ensure those who would like take pictures of wild animals understand the rules and boundaries, and keep a check on people who may cut down too much tree for firewood, helping preserve the resource for both animals and local villagers.

They are also responsible for giving wildlife education to local students in the village as well, planting the importance of wildlife awareness in future generations…no small task!

During this program you will be working with these Scouts of the Emboreet village, of the Simanjiro district, placed in the Manyara region.

The Villagers here have gotten used to to living side by side with the animals there, and there is even a small forest where animals stay beside the villagers housing compound where wild beasts, grand gazelles, zebras, the secretary bird and ostrich will frequently cross paths with you, especially during breeding season. This Village hosts wildlife animals who may be breeding during the rainy season from December to June…so expect to interact with more animals during this time!

Your main activity during this program will be experiencing the daily life of the Scouts by assisting them on their scouting routines. You’ll also be monitoring wild animals that vary in different seasons and will be asked to present the knowledge you’ve gained about wildlife conservation with local students either in the local schools or in village center.

Whilst there are local shops, there are no ATM facilities in Emboreet Village, if needed, you should get money from Monduli, where our main center is, or from Arusha.

All are welcome to join this program, especially those working or studying in the field of environmental or animal conservation as it will be a great opportunity to work alongside a real park ranger and exchange knowledge with them.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives
  • Help the Village Game Scouts achieve their daily objectives
  • Give you an educational safari experience, learning from the Game Scouts
  • Spread awareness of wildlife and the importance of conservation efforts
Monday to Friday
  • Breakfast
  • Journey to the village
  • Working in the fields, survey trip checking hunting, checking cutting tee, monitoring animal etc
  • Lunch
  • Working in the fields, survey trip checking hunting, checking cutting tee, monitoring animal or wildlife conservation education to local students
  • Evaluation
  • Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment
  • Modest clothing - covering the knees and shoulders during school visits
  • You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your presentation!
  • Raincoat, working shoes, and a flashlight recommended

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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