Help Earthwatch researchers to ensure the ongoing health of a major South African wildlife preserve.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa is a magnificent landscape of rolling savanna woodland and was the last refuge for the southern white rhino in the middle of the 20th century. Now the historic, 350-square mile (900-square km) park harbors a healthy population of 2,068 white rhinos, as well as black rhinos, giraffes, elephants, kudu, impala, wildebeest, zebras, and others, a veritable ark of African biodiversity. All of these large herbivores, in their teeming numbers, have an impact on the structure and diversity of the ecosystem. An overpopulation of any one of them can mean massive destruction to their habitat and instability to the other wildlife populations it supports.

Join Dr. Druce and a team of researchers and staff in an ongoing survey of the 15 largest herbivores in the park, thereby contributing to a long-term database of population trends and supporting effective management and decision-making. This is a rare chance to walk through scenery most people only see from a Land Rover. In the evening, you’ll gather around the campfire under southern constellations to share the day's encounters.

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Location

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa

Cost

$4995

Includes all accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities

Duration

16 days

Dates

  • 5 July 2021
  • 26 July 2021
  • 16 August 2021
  • 6 September 2021

Activity Level

Very Active

Lead Scientist

David Druce