Desert Elephants in Namibia - A Volunteer Reports From The Field!

Desert Elephants in Namibia - A Volunteer Reports From The Field!

Posted by Connor Whelan on 9th May 2016

Namibia is an incredible country, famed for its rolling grasslands and big cats prowling across the savannah. However, it is not just home to animals of the feline variety as Namibia has a population of Desert Elephants too, and that is where today's update is going to come from! Our Desert Elephants in Namibia project aids in the conservation of these imposing beasts, and we have been lucky enough to receive an update from the one of the volunteers at the project site. Bossy visited the project back in March and sent an update after the first two days of his trip. Let’s see what he had to say!

Elephants in Namibia

“So, this is my first experience of Namibia, my first experience manual labour and also of all of the bugs here! However, despite all of the bugs I love it! We arrived in Swakop on Sunday and met my fellow volunteers at the Amanpuri Lodge. I was surprised to see such a small group but knowing what I know now I am pleased it turned out this way as its means we have all interacted and got to know each other well.

South Africa Volunteers

On Monday we set out for a bumpy ride to base camp but it was well worth all the bumps – the camp is beautiful. It reminds me of a scene from the film Swiss family Robinson! I am writing this after two and half days of very hard work. We have made lots of cement, moved tons of sand, and must have lifted 300 huge rocks between us all! I’ll pretend I won’t be sad when build week ends, but nevertheless bring on patrol week!”

Namibian Elephant

As you can see, Bossy thoroughly enjoyed his first couple of days at the project and we are sure the rest followed suit. If Bossy’s experience has given you the volunteering bug, then why not take a look and find out more about the project here.


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