INTREPID EXPLORERS WANTED
The SES is delighted to make available to SES Members the first SES Endorsed Expedition - the South African Giraffe Monitoring and Research Expedition 2018. This expedition will be run by SES Member and Expedition Specialist Angus Wingfield (Africa Wild Trails Founder and Director, Expedition Trainer and Chief Expedition Leader for Africa Wild Trails Limited) and gives the Society’s Members the opportunity to take part in an expedition that they would otherwise not be able to do.
WHERE: KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
WHEN: 4th to 18th August 2018
WHAT: Field-based research and monitoring of the South African Giraffe
WHO: Facilitated by SES Member and Africa Wild Trails Director and Expedition Leader, Angus Wingfield and Africa Wild Trails in country expert, Dr Peter Calverly
COST: £1,380pp + flights (£950pp 1 week)
This scientific expedition will be delivered in 3 phases:
-Phase 1: Acclimatisation, Orientation, Skills Development
-Phase 2: Expedition and Data Collection
-Phase 3: Collation of Data and Presentation of Results
-Complete a census of the giraffe in the biosphere.
-Create an identikit for giraffe in the area for the use of local rangers.
-Follow movement patterns and habitat use directly on foot and remotely using modern tracking techniques, such as VHF and GPS telemetry.
-Observe the dietary preferences of these giraffe, how this changes between seasons and possible competition for food with other species.
-Understand basic population dynamics, estimating population size, demographics and growth rates.
Only 30% of the study site is accessible by road and even then 4x4 vehicles are necessary. Most of the data collection will be done on foot and operating out of remote base camps. Participants will be led by a Field Biologist, who will oversee data collection. Data and samples will be collected according to accepted scientific methodology and sent off to laboratories for analysis where necessary.
SES Members participate in this expedition at their own risk, and will not hold the SES, its trustees, employees, volunteers, partners or agents liable (whether in contract or in tort or in negligence or for breach of statutory duty or otherwise) for any loss, damage, personal injury, delay or expense suffered or incurred on any such expedition. The SES endorses the aims and objectives of this expedition only.