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Work with Rangers in the Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary

Internship and Volunteering Possible
At the Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya, you can accompany and support the wildlife rangers in their daily work - with the registry of wildlife sightings, maintenance of the protected area, removal of traps, treatment of injured animals, guiding of tourists, reforestation, environmental education in neighboring schools and programs for the local population.

Project Details

The project is in the private reserve "Lumo Sanctuary”. This borders, without any barriers with the Tsavo National Park and the wild animals roam freely between the National Park and Lumo Sanctuary. There is another private reserve - "Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary”, which also adjoins the National Park and Lumo Sanctuary. You cannot really differentiate where Lumo ends and where Taita Hills begins. Taita Hills encompasses 110 square kilometres (11,000 hectares) and Lumo, 500 square kilometres (50,000 hectares). It is a savannah landscape with rocky mountains. The wildlife sanctuaries are full of wild animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, eland, kudu, lions, leopards, ostriches and others.
The private nature reserves are financed through safari tourism. Tourists visit the protected areas during days and nights, with ranger guided safari excursions (game drives), as well as walking safaris.
In the Lumo Sanctuary, there is tourist accommodation of high standard, the Lion Bluff Lodge. Also Taita Hills has two safari lodges of high standard. Tourists are typically doing their game drives at both private sanctuaries, but the two protected areas are managed completely separately and our projects are only with the Rangers who are responsible for Lumo.
Your activities with the rangers
The Rangers begin work at 8:30 in the morning, driving through the reserve and registering wildlife sightings. There are stone markers along the paths, each with a number. Volunteers (not necessarily every day) mark the animals sighted, corresponding to the number. In the two hotels (Taita Hills Game Lodge and Salt Lick Game Lodge), there are large notice boards, on which are entered the wildlife sightings, so that tourists can plan their tour of the reserves accordingly.
On the rounds with the Rangers, volunteers engage in maintenance work, e.g. clearing away stray trees or branches, filling potholes, renewing signs and markings or general improvisations.
The protected area has, unfortunately, several poacher traps. The rangers and volunteers find traps and eliminate them. These patrols are done on foot. If injured wild animals are spotted, a veterinarian is called for and the animal is treated. Part of the work is also the chase cattle out of the protected area.
If volunteers are familiar with the protected area, they can even act as guides and either drive the tourist vehicles or accompany the driver.
The Rangers also conduct environmental education activities in the 4 villages that are close to the protected areas. In schools, videos are shown and discussions about animals are held with the students. Volunteers can conduct these, if they wish to; they need to be proactive about it.
Another issue is HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT - the conflict between the needs of human development and the needs of wildlife. Elephants, especially, are a nuisance for the farmers of the surrounding villages, as they often trample and ravage the farms; so, they kill elephants. For this reason, the Rangers have introduced beekeeping: Bees keep elephants away, while the farmer can earn an income through the sale of honey.
Important Information
* Volunteers should carry solid sturdy boots and long pants as there are snakes, scorpions, etc.
* Volunteers should not walk around alone in the sanctuary.
* Volunteers should complete a membership of AMREF Flying Doctors.
* In the hotel, there are first-aid supplies. In Maktau Village, there is a small medical station with a pharmacy for emergencies; the nearest hospital is in Voi (40 km, 60 minutes)
Info Box
Location: Tsavo, Kenya
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 6 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Accommodation: Special volunteer rooms at the rangers' accommodation
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Wildlife-Ranger, Teacher
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
No formal qualification required
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations: Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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