Opportunities for participation in fieldwork
The current setup of the field research on Chersobius boulengeri in South Africa allows participation of several enthusiasts each year. They will join the fieldwork as volunteers. Volunteers help to find tortoises in the field, receive training in taking recordings, and eventually gather much of the data themselves. They will also be trained to perform radio telemetry.
Dates for the upcoming fieldwork are as following:
Potential volunteers must realise that fieldwork is not quite the same as regular holidays. The entire period will be spent in a relatively small area and days can be long and hot. An adequate physical shape is required, as the study area is situated on a rocky hill.
- 15 October until 10 November 2018: room for 1 volunteer (in addition, we can offer 1-2 Master's students the opportunity to conduct a study on the diet of C. boulengeri)
The nights will be spent in a small lodge (single rooms). Facilities are good and there will be time to learn more about the local flora and fauna. In general, fieldwork periods are a great experience to learn about the country, its people, flora and fauna, and to have a good time working together in an international team of tortoise enthusiasts. Click here for some fieldwork impressions and here for an introductory movie clip about the C. boulengeri fieldwork. The primary language during the fieldwork will be English.
Volunteers will cover expenses for their flight and food themselves, and they will contribute to national travel expenses (travelling by car) and accommodation. Accommodation, food and petrol are cheap in South Africa, compared to European standards. It is impossible to give an exact amount, but as an indication, the total costs per person should be in the range of € 600-800 (excluding flight) for three weeks. Dwarf Tortoise Conservation will cover all the costs for research materials and equipment.
If you are interested to participate in C. boulengeri fieldwork, please send us a message providing details about yourself and your background.
In case you have additional questions, please also do not hesitate to contact Dwarf Tortoise Conservation.