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Research Assistent Primate Pre-release study

Hiring Organization:
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is the only wildlife rescue, conservation and education centre in Malawi. We have about 200 animals at our centre including primates, antelopes, carnivores, reptiles and birds. Almost every week new animals are coming in, mainly coming from illegal trade. Whenever possible and suitable we endeavor to release those animals back into the wild again. To accomplish this, we follow as close as possible the guidelines provided by the IUCN. For more information about the centre and our activities please visit our web-site:

About 1 ½ years ago we have set up a new primate release program. The program focuses on selection, assessment and training of animals pre-release, as well guiding and monitoring post-release. This resulted in the first very successful release of a group of 26 Yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus) in Kasungu National Park. This year a group of vervets (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) has been released back in to the wild using similar methods.

For this ongoing primate release program we are looking on the short term for a research assistant which can help to collect pre-release behavioural data on a group of Yellow baboons which we aim to release in January 2015. The goal of this project is in the first place to assess if all the animals on an individual level, as well as the group as a whole, are suitable for release. By using scientific methods data are collected with regard to foraging behaviour, social interactions, group structure and predator awareness. Besides assessing the suitability for release, behavioural data are also collected to give an indication of the well-being of the animals. These include for instance the recording of stress behaviours and body condition scores. Both types of data are collected pre- and post release and are finally used to assess how the release of these animals affects the welfare of these animals (positively or negatively).

• You have at least a BSC degree in biology/ zoology or any related study;
• you have previous experience with behavioral research on primates and a good eye for detail;
• you are a highly motivated, confident, and hard working team player who doesn’t mind working long days or unsociable hours if required;
• you are practical and creative and like the challenge of working in a developing country with sometimes limited resources;
• you have proper experience with statistics and data analyses;
• you do not mind to live on site and share accommodation with a limited amount of people.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
We provide free (shared) on site accommodation and 3 meals a day. Costs for visa, flight and necessary vaccinations are for own expense.

Term of Appointment:
We are looking for somebody who can start as soon as possible for a period of ideally 10 months (but not less than 6). We provide free (shared) on site accommodation and 3 meals a day. Costs for visa, flight and necessary vaccinations are for own expense.

Application Deadline:
As soon as possible

Contact Information:
Jasper Iepema
Kenyata drive
Lilongwe, none none

Telephone Number:
++26 (0)996974170


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