Predi Cat Programme

African Predi-Cat Eco-Learning Volunteer Learning Programme

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As we all know Africa is the home to the iconic King of the Beasts – the African Lion. But Africa is also host to a wide and diverse variety of other predators which we reveal as we hunt down revealing information, pounce on learning opportunities and discover new and interesting aspects relating to all representative African Predators and African Cats ranging from the smallest to the largest.

This 2-week African Predi-Cat Management Awareness Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience is an informative and fun African Predator and African Cat focused Eco-Learning program and comprises participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Predator and African Cat specific volunteering program which is founded on innovative approaches to deciphering observable predator strategies and behaviours and applying sound operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies, procedures and protocols.

The program is structured and organised with progressive and developmental interactive eco-learning from day to day.  You will encounter the smallest to the largest of the African predators during your stay with us. This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills. This program gives an insight into Africa’s Predators and the way that they have adapted to change and sound wildlife management strategies and initiatives. You will leave with an enriched Predator ‘sense’ and long lasting memories.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

Predi-Cat Behavioural Research, Monitoring and Intra- Specific Observation & Interpretation Module.

Much of what you experience during the first week will be carried over to the second week module with continued application practically of what has been learnt. Eco-Learners are guided through the use of various tools, techniques and mechanisms to record, monitor and note interesting behavioural observations and features pertaining to each of the Predators on a daily basis in a fun and informative way. We use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction.

Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of our resident predators  life through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded informal research data which not only is a living memory of your experience at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

  • African Predi-Cat Physical Behaviours – You will identify intra-specific behavioural traits associated with each animal including Passive and Aggressive behaviours, Agonistic behaviours, Recognition behaviours and Communication behaviours.
  • General Predi-Cat Behaviours – You will do an in-depth study into the Social Organisation, Feeding Behaviour, Feeding Ecology, Reproductive Behaviour, Parent/Offspring Behaviour, Play behaviour, Social Hierarchies to name but a few of the general behaviours we will explore and journal on our Predi-Cat Edu-Eco learning and interactive journey of discovery.
  • African Predi-Cat Monitoring & Enrichment – Each day you will be tasked with monitoring and documenting different behaviours exhibited through the day, providing feedback of interesting behavioural sequences and traits exhibited by individual predators to the group. In addition we will explore practical and applicable enrichment tools to stimulate our resident predators.

2- Day Weekend is where Eco-Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT

Predi-Cat Husbandry, Care, Welfare and Management (Animal & Facility) Interactive Module.

During this component, Eco-Learners will be guided through the various facets of General Predator and African Cat Husbandry, Care, Animal Welfare and Animal Management principles and protocols by a hands-on facilitator/instructor who will guide the experience and the learning outcomes in a fun and entertaining manner. You will get down and dirty with every facet of a Predators life in a quassi captive environment. You will become involve in the various physical Facility Management functions on a day-to-day basis inclusive of repairs and maintenance and general operational requirements through your day. You will be required at close of day to report back on your experience and provide feedback to your participating peers as to what you have experienced for the day. Each day you will be tasked with individual and group research assignments.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

  • Animal Management Principles, Procedures, Operations and Protocols – You will be involved in the daily Care, Husbandry and Welfare of the resident Predators. This includes feeding tasks, cleaning/cleanliness, monitoring, water management, etc.
  • Facility Management – You will be exposed to the daily operations of Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and will be asked to do repairs and maintenance around the Centre, assist with the guest interactive component of the business if the need arises, and general assistance where required. You will be exposed to the guest interactive experience.
  • Facility Project Management – You will be required to become involved in developmental and construction projects from time-to-time and as and when the need arises. Many projects will be ongoing. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down and get dirty.
  • Predator Knowledge – Getting to Know your Subjects in a fun way. You will be introduced to each of the resident Predators through Predi-Cat-Identi-Kits, the Order Carnivora and its 5 Sub-Orders, Basic Anatomy and Physiology of Predators, Anatomical adaptations, Common traits associated with the various sub-orders, Ancestry and Predator Postures and Locomotion.

On the final Thursday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Friday is used for packing and onward journeys.

Each component of the program gives you the opportunity to experience Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Predators in close quarters daily. In addition to this you will be exposed to localised Conservation Projects and Research initiatives weekly.

If it is a learning experience you seek and an African Predi-Cat Adventure like no other then this program is for you.

NOTE:
From time to time rescheduling in the weekly schedule as outlined above may occur due to the programs dynamic nature.

We use Observation, Interpretation, Deduction, Research, Feedback and Presentation as Outcome based learning objectives.

DATE SCHEDULE

 

These programs commence on the 1ST MONDAY of the stipulated and scheduled month subject to availability.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.

SCHEDULED DATES 2016 SCHEDULED DATES 2017
6th – 17th June 2016 9th – 21st January 2017
4th – 15th July 2016 6th – 18th March 2017
1st – 12th August 2016 1st – 13th May 2017
5th – 16th September 2016 3rd – 15th July 2017
3rd – 14th October 2016 7th – 19th August 2017
7th – 18th November 2016 4th – 16th September 2017
2nd – 14th October 2017

Special scheduling for group bookings (8 or more) can be arranged for February, April, June and November 2017.

ENQUIRE TO REGISTER ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING ECO-LEARNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrolment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrolment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers.

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

A Program of Optional Activities in the region is provided as part of your Enrolment Pack. This list of activities will assist you in deciding what activities or adventures you would like to partake in on your weekends. Please note that these activities DO NOT form part of the Eco-Volunteer Awareness program you are registered for. These OPTIONAL activities are for your OWN ACCOUNT and in your off-time. Bookings can be done through your facilitator and transport can be arranged and priced specific to where the activity offered. In most instances facilitators will assist with transport and accompany you.

As we all know Africa is the home to the iconic King of the Beasts – the African Lion. But Africa is also host to a wide and diverse variety of other predators which we reveal as we hunt down revealing information, pounce on learning opportunities and discover new and interesting aspects relating to all representative African Predators and African Cats ranging from the smallest to the largest.

This 4-week African Predi-Cat Management & Behavioural Awareness Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience is an informative, fun yet formalised African Predator and African Cat focused Eco-Volunteering educational program and comprises learning through a Wildlife Volunteering initiative along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Predator and African Cat specific eco-learning based on  innovative approaches to deciphering observable predator strategies and behaviours and applying sound operational animal management care, husbandry and welfare strategies, procedures and protocols.

The program is structured and organised with progressive and developmental interactive eco-learning from day to day.  You will encounter the smallest to the largest of the African predators during your stay with us. This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills.

This program gives an insight into Africa’s Predators and the way that they have adapted to change and sound wildlife management strategies and initiatives. Furthermore you will be exposed to Wildlife Rehabilitation Practices, Veterinarian Procedures from time-to-time and a host of Conservation Research Initiatives and Projects during your stay with us. You will leave with an enriched Predator ‘sense’, a new found appreciation for Wildlife Rehabilitation and an understanding of Conservation Research and Conservation Projects and the role they play and let us not forget the long lasting memories.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

Predi-Cat Behavioural Research, Monitoring and Intra- Specific Observation & Interpretation Module.

Much of what you experience during the first week will be carried over to the second week module with continued application practically of what has been learnt. Eco-Learners are guided through the use of various tools, techniques and mechanisms to record, monitor and note interesting behavioural observations and features pertaining to each of the Predators on a daily basis in a fun and informative way. We use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction.

Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of our resident predators  life through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded informal research data which not only is a living memory of your experience at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

  • African Predi-Cat Physical Behaviours – You will identify intra-specific behavioural traits associated with each animal including Passive and Aggressive behaviours, Agonistic behaviours, Recognition behaviours and Communication behaviours.
  • General Predi-Cat Behaviours – You will do an in-depth study into the Social Organisation, Feeding Behaviour, Feeding Ecology, Reproductive Behaviour, Parent/Offspring Behaviour, Play behaviour, Social Hierarchies to name but a few of the general behaviours we will explore and journal on our Predi-Cat Edu-Eco learning and interactive journey of discovery.
  • African Predi-Cat Monitoring & Enrichment – Each day you will be tasked with monitoring and documenting different behaviours exhibited through the day, providing feedback of interesting behavioural sequences and traits exhibited by individual predators to the group. In addition we will explore practical and applicable enrichment tools to stimulate our resident predators.

2- Day Weekend is where Eco-Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT

Predi-Cat Husbandry, Care, Welfare and Management (Animal & Facility) Interactive Module.

During this component, Eco-Learners will be guided through the various facets of General Predator and African Cat Husbandry, Care, Animal Welfare and Animal Management principles and protocols by a hands-on facilitator/instructor who will guide the experience and the learning outcomes in a fun and entertaining manner. You will get down and dirty with every facet of a Predators life in a quassi captive environment. You will become involve in the various physical Facility Management functions on a day-to-day basis inclusive of repairs and maintenance and general operational requirements through your day. You will be required at close of day to report back on your experience and provide feedback to your participating peers as to what you have experienced for the day. Each day you will be tasked with individual and group research assignments.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

  • Animal Management Principles, Procedures, Operations and Protocols – You will be involved in the daily Care, Husbandry and Welfare of the resident Predators. This includes feeding tasks, cleaning/cleanliness, monitoring, water management, etc.
  • Facility Management – You will be exposed to the daily operations of Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and will be asked to do repairs and maintenance around the Centre, assist with the guest interactive component of the business if the need arises, and general assistance where required. You will be exposed to the guest interactive experience.
  • Facility Project Management – You will be required to become involved in developmental and construction projects from time-to-time and as and when the need arises. Many projects will be ongoing. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down and get dirty.
  • Predator Knowledge – Getting to Know your Subjects in a fun way. You will be introduced to each of the resident Predators through Predi-Cat-Identi-Kits, the Order Carnivora and its 5 Sub-Orders, Basic Anatomy and Physiology of Predators, Anatomical adaptations, Common traits associated with the various sub-orders, Ancestry and Predator Postures and Locomotion.

2- Day Weekend where Eco-Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Veterinarian Interventions Learning Experience Module

During this 5-day program component, Eco-Learning Volunteers will be exposed to Wildlife Rehabilitation, the principles, procedures, protocols and general management methodologies to successfully rehabilitate injured wildlife for possible release back into their natural environment. The rehabilitation centre at Tenikwa has a long and distinguished track record in rehabilitating wild animals and you will be exposed to the centre and the handling of various animal patients on a day-to-day basis under the expert guidance of the Rehabilitation Centre coordinator.

Due to the very nature of animal rehabilitation and care of resident Predators and African Cats, veterinary assistance will be required from time-to-time. During this 5-day program component you will be exposed to veterinary practices, protocols and procedures from an observation point of view. The resident veterinarian will make time available to discuss various aspects of veterinary practices, treatment strategies and a career as a Veterinarian.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience and learn in this module:

  • Principles, Protocols and Procedures for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release – You will explore and research the principles, protocols and procedures for the Rescue, Rehabilitation and release of animals back into their natural habitat. We look at assessment criteria for treatment on arrival, to a care and rehabilitation strategy culminating in the release back into the wild, of rehabilitated animals.
  • Veterinary Interventions & Procedures – You will be exposed to the veterinary component of rehabilitation and the care of our resident Predators and African Cats at the Centre as and when the need arises. Most of what you will be exposed to is from an observation perspective unless assistance is requested from the veterinarian. There will be weekly check-ups, emergency cases and minor treatments required from time-to-time for our animal patients and our resident Predators. Please note that during the 4-week program you may well be exposed to this component at irregular intervals and may not have this entire 5-day period exposure to the veterinarian. We will ensure that you have adequate exposure to this component.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Techniques, Tools and Methodologies – Birds, Mammals – We explore and research a wide spectrum of Wildlife Rehabilitation techniques, tools and methodologies for injured animals on a daily basis. You will be tasked with a variety of research initiatives from a theoretical perspective and discuss as a group the possible practical applications and implications of using specific techniques, tools and methodologies.

2- Day Weekend where Eco-Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

African Predi-Cat Experience Summary, Conservation Research and Conservation Projects

During this component of the program, Eco-Learners will be tasked with an additional group task being undertaken where all observations found and observed on our Predi-Cat journey so far, are brought together in a group project based. Individual experiences and interesting facts pertaining to a Predators life, ecology, behaviour and adaptability are collated by the group into a presentation format. Each day participants will be required to compile their own account of a Predators life in a quassi captive environment through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience with the African Edu-Eco Wizard team at the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre but also a data contribution to the daily management.

In addition to this you will be exposed to a variety of regional and localised Conservation Projects & Conservation Research Initiatives. This region, due to its diversity of habitat and endemic species accounts are a favoured research zone.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will experience in this Program:

  • Conservation Projects – Conservation projects in the region include clearing of Invasive and Alien plant species; Monitoring Estuarine Ecosystems; Clearing Hiking paths and trails; Beach debris clean ups and documenting debris found; Seal Colony Observations from Land and sea; Animal Release Initiatives to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these Conservation projects during your stay with us.
  • Conservation Research Initiatives – These initiatives include Bird Ringing; Fish monitoring; Fynbos Research initiatives; Bird monitoring; Marine Animal research initiatives, Reptile & Snake Handling initiatives; Macro Invertebrate Research; and Seabird Research, Elasmobranch Egg Case Research; to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to a minimum of 3 of these research initiatives during your stay with us. We will surprise you from time-to-time. Expect the unexpected.

On the final Friday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Saturday is used for packing and onward journeys.

Each component of the program gives you the opportunity to experience Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Predators, Rehabilitation Animals in close quarters daily and the regional Conservation Research Initiatives from Natures Valley.

If it is a learning experience you seek and an African Predi-Cat Adventure, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Research like no other then this program is for you.

NOTE:
From time to time rescheduling in the weekly schedule as outlined above may occur due to the programs dynamic nature.

We use Observation, Interpretation, Deduction, Research, Feedback and Presentation as Outcome based learning objectives which are practically applicable.

DATE SCHEDULE

These programs commence on the 1ST MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.

SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2016 SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2017
6th June – 1st   July 2016 9th January – 4th February 2017
4th – 29th July 2016 6thMarch – 1st April 2017
1st – 26th August 2016 1st – 27th May 2017
5th – 30th September 2016 3rd – 29th July 2017
3rd – 28th October 2016 7th August – 2nd September 2017
7th November – 2nd December 2016 4th – 30th September 2017
2nd – 28th October 2017

Special scheduling for group bookings (8 or more) can be arranged for February, April, June and November 2017.

ENQUIRE TO REGISTER ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING ECO-LEARNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrolment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrolment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers. All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

A Program of Optional Activities in the region is provided as part of your Enrolment Pack. This list of activities will assist you in deciding what activities or adventures you would like to partake in on your weekends. Please note that these activities DO NOT form part of the Eco-Volunteer Awareness program you are registered for. These OPTIONAL activities are for your OWN ACCOUNT and in your off-time. Bookings can be done through your facilitator and transport can be arranged and priced specific to where the activity offered. In most instances facilitators will assist with transport and accompany you.