This initiative includes exhilarating involvement in wildlife safeguarding efforts within the reserve, such as notching and microchipping rhino; collaring elephants; and collecting genetic material to help record, track and protect Africa’s endangered wildlife, branding lions and gathering information for North West Parks Board field rangers to help effectively manage Madikwe’s core species of lion and rhino and African wild dog relocation.
Each conservation safari is led by a team of professionals, including:
- A wildlife veterinarian with specific training in immobilising wild animals, and with knowledge of their habitat, stress levels and other factors that may affect the outcome of darting procedures.
- A helicopter pilot skilled in low-level flying, who enables the vet a clear and steady shot.
- Field rangers who assist the team in doing the job quickly and efficiently, helping gather essential data and recording the details of each animal, contributing to the successful outcome of a conservation safari.