Game Capture Program
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Game Capture volunteers assist an experienced South African wildlife vet and their professional game capture team with wildlife relocations throughout the Eastern Cape. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the capture from planning to immobilization and treatment, then transport and release. Training includes providing treatments, monitoring vitals, and physically transporting a wide variety of species. Lectures and discussion groups with experts in the field allow for a comprehensive wildlife experience. Anyone with an interest in exotic medicine, conservation, or simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience is welcome to join!
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USD per session
- Safe and comfortable accommodation
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week)
- Monday airport transfers
- Project-related transportation
- Wi-fi access
- Washing facilities
- Permits & entry fees
- Pre-departure support
- Welcome packet with coupons for local establishments
- Volunteer t-shirt
The program fee also acts as the main support for our non-profit clinic.
- Visa fees (if applicable)
- Travel Insurance
- Weekend activities and trips
GVE volunteers get discounted rates on flights, travel insurance, and weekend activities through our STA Travel partners!
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April 28 – May 13
July 21 – August 5
Limited to 6 volunteers / session
- Sunday: Arrival & Transfer to Capture Site
- Monday–Saturday: Capture Days
- Sunday–Thursday: Capture Days
- Friday: Morning Capture & Transfer to Chintsa
- Saturday–Sunday: Free Time
- Monday: Departure
*This is itinerary is for example only- activities are planned according to the needs of the community. Weekly schedules are released at the start of each week and are updated daily to account for new opportunities, vet emergencies, and weather.
Types of Capture
- Helicopter Capture
- Curtain Capture
- Net Capture
- Dart Gun Capture
- Passive Capture
- Cage Traps
Lecture & Discussion Topics
- Safety protocols during game capture
- Pharmacology (species-specific tranquilizers)
- Species identification
- Dart gun safety, introduction and practice
- Types of capture (when, why, and how)
- Hunting (Canned, Trophy, Conservation, etc.)
- Population control (culling vs. relocation)
- Ethics of game capture
- Ethics of specialized breeding
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During the week, volunteers stay in a lodge on a beautiful game reserve with electricity, running water, and modern bathrooms. Bedding is provided and we guarantee safe and comfortable accommodation throughout the program.
Meals are simple and nutritious. Breakfast consists of cereal, fruit, eggs, toast, tea, and coffee. A sandwich lunch is packed at the beginning of each day- options include meat & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, or tuna mayo, along with fruit and juice. Dinner includes a protein, a starch, and at least 1 vegetable. We try to accommodate all dietary preferences- our vegetarian menu has gotten rave reviews!
GVE is happy to be associated with ADL – Academy for Distance Learning, based in the UK. ADL’s previous and present students from South Africa include a renowned conservationist, who was a previous chief operating officer of Africa Needs Lions and a primate naturalist currently working in Kwazulu Natal.
Their wildlife programs include certificates and diplomas in:
- Wildlife Conservation
- Wildlife Management
- Vertebrate Zoology
- Invertebrate Zoology
- Carnivore Zoology
- Animal Science
- Animal Welfare
- Reptiles and Amphibians (Herpetology)
- Marine Studies
- Zookeeping (also applicable to Safari Parks)
- Animal and Environmental Welfare
Each certificate can be endorsed and issued by a UK Recognised Awarding Organisation. Please click here to view the courses available.