Appui à la conservation de la biodiversité

Congé Solidaire®, de 2 semaines, au Zimbabwé

Wildlife Protection - Zambezi & Hwange National Park

Objectifs de la mission

The main objective is to assist wildlife conservation in Zambezi and Hwange National Parks by collecting various form of animal population data.

This main objective brings about various activities and sub objectives :

1) ZNP road transect :
Objective : to produce a set of baseline data for large mammal populations which can be used in subsequent years to monitor population changes.

2) 24 hours’ count at Chamabondo Vlei.
Objective : same as in (i)

3) Road transects and 24 hours’ counts at Sinamatella.
Objectives : same as in (i) and (ii)

4) “Outlying area patrol”

Objectives :

  • detect the presence of rare or other interesting species : Wild Dogs, Black Rhinos, Cheetah, Lions, collared Elephants and Buffaloes, Ostriches and Brown Hyenas.
  • search for signs of illegal activity (especially snares) at water points in areas that are rarely patrolled. The aim of this activity is to support the anti-poaching unit and help it to point more efficiently the areas subjected to poaching pressure.
  • list birds as per the protocols of the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP 2). This project is now in its second part (the 1st one was in 1997) and its aim is to create a bird atlas.
  • locate and monitor nests of vultures and Black Eagles still for the SABAP 2 projects.
  • monitor water supplies for animals in areas away from tourist routes.

5) Mandavu Dam bird count.
Objective : to collect data on bird numbers at Mandavu Dam, which is the largest body of water in the Park and therefore holds a good representative sample of the water birds in residence at any given stage of the year.

6) Assistance with game-water supplies.
Objective : To help Parks staff maintain water supplies for animals during the dry season. •Development activities (One day per mission).

Intervention du volontaire

Supervision of the volunteer :

Referent(s) for supervising the volunteer and missions :
Trevor Lane and Stephen Long. Both are trustees of Bhejane Trust.
Stephen Long will accompany the volunteer on the ground.

Participation of the volunteer :


Apart from road transects, all activities will be carried out by foot, with the protection of armed rangers.

ZNP road transect : The counting is done from a vehicle, on roads.

  • 24 hour’s count at Chamabondo Vlei :​ Bhejane has taken the responsibility to extend a series of dry season game counts at Masuma Dam in the Sinamatella area, for which data goes back approximately 30 years. Volunteers are usually working in pairs, and they observe and record all mammals drinking at the dam throughout a 24 hour period. The dam can be watched from a viewing platform with no risk. 

Road transects and 24 hour ‘s counts at Sinamatella :​ Road transects will be done from a vehicle, on roads that are opened to normal tourists. Sinamatella already has considerable baseline data on populations collected during the past years by volunteers. Hence, to continue monitoring will permit to detect any changes that may trigger management actions by the Parks Authority.

  • Assistance with game-water supplies : A lot of the dry season water supplies for animals are artificial. Pumps are maintained by the Parks Authority. Bhejane Trust assists the Parks staff in keeping this game water infrastructure running.​ The objective is especially to maintain solar pumps, which have been donated by Bhejane Trust.

Development activities (One day per mission) : In Zambezi National Park, these could include work on water supplies for game ,in Chamabondo Vlei, refurbishment of the viewing platforms or in Siansimba Camp, searching for snares along the river. At Sinamatella, our main development activities involve installation and maintenance of pumps for artificial water supplies for game.

At each water point, volunteers will circle the area, checking the trees and bushes for snares and looking for tracks of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Ostriches and Rhinos along the paths . They may also set camera traps or collect cameras that were set by previous patrols. Moreover, at water points, volunteers will note the amount of water available (ie ‘full’, ‘half full’, ‘nearly empty’ etc). This sort of information can be valuable because much of the water supply for animals in Hwange is artificially pumped and knowledge of the amount and distribution of natural water can help when decisions are made about increasing or decreasing the artificial supply.


  • Congé Solidaire®
  • 2 semaines - 1850€ déductibles fiscalement

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