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Post-release study Chlorocebus pygerythrus
Act To Protect
Do you want to work in wildlife conservation? Live in the middle of an amazing national park? Lifupa Conservation Lodge is beautifully situated in the middle of Kasungu National Park (KNP) in Malawi. Like many other parks in Malawi and all over Africa, Kasungu NP has been struggling with deforestation, poachers and other threats. Lifupa and Act to Protect joined forces to protect the park and work on education, creating other sources of income etc. We invite you to come to a life changing experience and work with us to make a difference!
In January this year The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC) has released 25 vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) in Kasungu NP. All the animals have been rescued from illegal trade and are indigenous to Malawi. These animals will get the chance to live in the wild again and will contribute to the restocking of the park. The guiding principles for the project are the IUCN Guidelines for the Reintroduction of Non-Human Primates. While adopting a scientific approach to such a scheme, the LWC is also the first wildlife sanctuary which attempt to measure, establish and compare the welfare status of the released animal pre- and post release.
For this project we are looking for a research assistant to help the research team with data collection, data entry and analyses. You will spend most of the days in the bush, tracking the group and collecting data with regard to group cohesion, social interactions, foraging behaviour, food preferences and spatial movement. Be prepared to work long days, which can be physically tough and are out in the bush without western comforts.
Essential qualifications/ skills:
1) You have a degree in biology, zoology or any other related field
2) You have experience in behavioural data collection or strong knowledge of African woodland
3) You have a good eye for detail, conscientious and reliable
4) You have a above average physical fitness
5) You are mature, able to work independently and have strong motivation to take on responsibility.
6) You have the ability to put things into perspective and have good sense of humour
1) You have knowledge of/or experience in working with primates
2) You have field tracking experience, preferably in an African country
This is a voluntary position. We ask for a monthly fee of 500 euro’s which will cover your stay at the Lifupa Lodge, three meals a day and transport from the airport to Kasungu NP. Except your monthly contribution to housing and food, we also ask you to raise funds to support the project you are working on. This money will be spent in consultation with you.
Term of Appointment:
Minimum term of appointment is three months, with a maximum of 6 months. Start date for this position is beginning is May 2014
Please send your CV and a cover letter by e-mail to Mr. J. Iepema, Animal Care Manager of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre: Animalcare@llwc.org. Please mention within your letter when you will be available to fill this position.
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