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Biosphere Expeditions’ Namibia Big Cat Conservation Expedition Recommended by WSJ
The Wall Street Journal has picked Biosphere Expeditions’ Big Cat conservation expedition to Namibia as one of its top volunteer travel projects for 2012.
By: Biosphere Expeditions
In the story dated 19th December 2011, the Wall Street Journal picked 10 of the best ‘voluntourism’
In recent years, working holidays and volunteer vacations have become more and more popular with people worldwide looking to do something a little bit different with their time off. Volunteer vacations can include any voluntary activity from teaching English abroad, helping to build wells and schools or in this case, working on wildlife conservation projects.
Dr Matthias Hammer, Director of Biosphere Expeditions says, “We are thrilled that one of our most popular trips has been recommended by the Wall Street Journal. We have been running this trip for some time now, helping to protect cheetahs, leopards and other wildlife in Namibia. It is a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved and feedback from volunteers is always positive.”
The trip involves working just miles outside of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek at a local game farm. Here, ranchers have been taking drastic measures to protect their livestock against predators which means that numbers are diminishing. The team at Biosphere Expeditions and the volunteers study the leopards, cheetahs and other predators and their relationships with other species to find ways that they can keep them away from the livestock and reduce the amount of control needed.
Biosphere Expeditions is an international not-for-profit organisation running wildlife conservation projects worldwide. Other trips in addition to the big cat conservation expedition in Namibia include working with snow leopards in the Altai Mountains and marine conservation on the Azores Archipelago.
“Biosphere Expeditions was started back in 1999 and since then we have continued to expand our offering to volunteer and work with more and more conservation projects worldwide,” says Dr Hammer. “We are continually updating and improving our projects in order to give the most back to the wildlife that we help but also so that everybody who takes part in the trips can take something memorable away.”
For more information about Biosphere Expeditions and the big cat conservation trip to Namibia, visit the website at http://www.biosphere-