UPDATE: I was thinking today, and I believe I should share a little more about this opportunity. I am trying to go to graduate school studying Zoology, in particular, African mammals. Studying African elephants in Tanzania would be an experience that is beyond words.
Sarah Maisonneuve, the project's team leader, is a PhD candidate at Colorado State University. Her project specifically looks at monitoring and predicting (as well as preventing) human-wildlife conflict. Most of these conflicts occur due to elephants leaving their "designated" national parks and invading local farms and villages, resulting in the killing, or maiming, of elephants by locals. Sarah's project aims to collect data on elephant crop raiding in various villages bordering the Ruaha National Park in order to enable local wildlife managers to predict and manage conflict "hot spots".
As a volunteer, I would be involved in the identification of individual elephants, as well as accompanying local villagers into the park and understanding their current perceptions of wildlife.
As I mentioned, this is a volunteer position, so I will need to fund my way there and back. The money donated will specifically go towards the costs of the flight ($1,600-2,400), as well as living costs ($250/week) for a minimum stay of four weeks.
Any help I can get is so appreciated, and I will also make sure to include all of you on this adventure in the form of an online diary to experience my trip alongside me.
Thank you all, so much, again.
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