African Painted Dog Conservation

Roberta Hozempa Start Date: Jul 4, 2017 - End Date: Oct 3, 2017
  • Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

My Travel Story

by: Roberta Hozempa Start Date: Jul 4, 2017 - End Date: Oct 3, 2017

My lifelong dream has been to go to Africa and immerse myself in the wildlife and the enviornment!  I chose this particular Wildlife Act volunteer program because they came highly acclaimed and focused on African Painted Dogs, Cheetah, Rhino and Vultures which are all highly endangered.  My passion for the dogs and cheetah is what drove me to this area.  I love all animals, especially dogs and having the amazing opportunity to focus on packs of these wild dogs, observing behaviors, etc will have such an impact on my life at home with dogs.

Wildlife Act is one of the greatest volunteer conservation programs in Africa. Everyday we wake up before sunrise, cram into a 4x4, and patrol the landscape looking for radio-collared animals, signs of poaching, and weakening park infrastructure. The money goes directly to the conservation effort and ensures that a multitude of threatened species such as lions, elephants, wild dogs, cheetahs, giraffes, leopards, and rhinos get the protection and care they deserve. Any money you donate will not only help me realize a life long dream, but it will also have a direct impact on the conservation of Africa's majestic wildlife.

Africa Geographic Magazine recently described Wildlife ACT's Conservation Volunteer Program:
"The mission of Wildlife ACT, a beneficiary of My School My Village My Planet, is to help save the planet’s endangered wildlife and wild places from extinction. As a team of knowledgeable and passionate conservationists who work 365 days a year, they provide volunteers with the opportunity to get hands-on experience by taking part in their endangered species program."

"The program is based on five different game reserves in South Africa's biodiverse Zululand region and focuses on endangered animals - including the African wild dog, cheetah, rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and vulture. It offers a crash course in conservation techniques that can be learned from the best. Volunteers are up before sunrise and learn practical skills – from radio telemetry to collecting behavioral data. No two days are alike and volunteers have the opportunity to work on all the reserves for two weeks at a time."

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 Thanks so much for your support and I am very excited for this opportunity to help with this very important conservation!


  • Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa