ALERT

 

The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is a UK registered charity which works towards the conservation of wildlife, the protection and restoration of habitats, and the empowerment of local African communities. ALERT was founded in 2005 and is dedicated to a multi-disciplinary approach for the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion and the ecosystems on which the species relies.

Through responsible development we aim to realise the species’ potential to provide substantial social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits, that are distributed equitably amongst stakeholders to promote sustainable motivation in them for the protection of Africa’s natural heritage.

ALERT Livingstone in Zambia
Jun 26, 2017
Intern
As an Elephant Research and Conservation assistant with ALERT, you will be fully trained in a variety of scientific methods to contribute to the conservation of African elephants in and around the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia. Increasing human populations and agricultural expansion is forcing communities and elephants into close contact, intensifying incidents of Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC). Reducing this conflict, in order that the two can co-exist more successfully, is vital. As such, your days will be spent collecting data on elephant movements and behaviour to create identikits for individual elephants to help us understand how they are utilising human dominated areas. As part of this work, you will also be involved in the following activities: Helping to deliver ALERT’s comprehensive conservation education course, created in partnership with Coventry University, to local school children. Assisting with our ongoing work to help the Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife manage the Park, so that elephants can continue to take advantage of this protected area. This work may involve undertaking snare sweeps, monitoring wildlife populations, and mapping local vegetation. Assisting with a survey of the Dambwa Forest in Livingstone, as part of ALERT’s forest management program, to help the Forestry Department to manage this vital resource for elephants. No specific experience is needed to take part in this opportunity, but a passion for wildlife and conservation is very important. The cost of joining ALERT as an Elephant Research and Conservation assistant is:  £1,037 for two weeks £1,316 for three weeks £1,595 for four weeks This includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation and three meals per day, plus of course an amazing experience and all the necessary training to help you fulfil your role (prices are for arrivals before 31st December 2017).  As elephant presence in the area is seasonal, this program operates between May and October only.  ‘I had no prior experience, but was able to figure things out very quickly with the help of the staff and the other interns and volunteers. I gained valuable field experience, a new perspective on conservation as a whole, and so many new friends. I would not change a thing about this experience.  I had the best time and I really would love to come back.’ Emily Drewry, ALERT Elephant Research and Conservation Assistant (who has since returned to Livingstone to take part in the Program again!) Read other testimonials from previous Elephant Research and Conservation assistants here: http://lionalert.org/page/intern-testimonials
ALERT Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Jun 26, 2017
Intern
As a Wildlife Videography and Photography intern with ALERT, you may choose to concentrate on film or photography - or a combination of both. Either way, you will have the opportunity to spend your days in the African bush, encountering lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and numerous species of antelope on a daily basis, to create an enviable portfolio of work. Where else can you expect to photograph and film some of the world’s most iconic wildlife - often up close and very personal?!  Accompanying our wildlife conservation research team, your day-to-day duties will include documenting sightings made during hyena monitoring, elephant monitoring, game counts, large predator surveys, and bird surveys. You will also capture the beauty of the African bush during our various habitat protection and restoration programmes. Your internship will include time spent in local African communities as well, capturing images to promote ALERT’s education and social development projects. This experience will not only help you develop your vocational skills, it will help you develop as a person, as you gradually take on responsibility and gain confidence in your new role.  When choosing a Wildlife Videography and Photography intern, we are ideally looking for someone who has, or is working towards, a relevant qualification and is confident with both stills and video cameras. We need interns with sufficient technical skill, but even more importantly, a creative eye. While it’s hard to make our animals and our environment look anything other than stunning, it is possible to capture something very special; the ‘money shot’ that will take your breath away. On a personal level, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard are a must! The cost of a Wildlife Videography and Photography internship with ALERT is £1,695 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks (for arrivals before 31st December 2017). This includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation and three meals per day, plus of course an amazing experience and all the necessary training to help you fulfil your role.  ‘This project is incredibly unique and will leave you wanting more not to mention an enviable portfolio to suit. I thoroughly recommend anyone with a passion for wildlife and photography to take part in this internship, it will change your life as it did mine!' Anup Mistry, ALERT Wildlife Videography and Photography intern Read other testimonials from previous Wildlife Videography and Photography interns here: http://lionalert.org/page/intern-testimonials
ALERT Livingstone in Zambia, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, or Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe
Jun 26, 2017
Intern
As a Wildlife Conservation Research intern with ALERT, you will shadow and assist our research team on the collection and analysis of data for our various wildlife and environmental research studies. The days are long and it’s certainly not glamorous - much of your time will be spent in cramped conditions within a research vehicle - but when you are in the company of one of our semi-release lion prides, or you drive around a corner and come across a herd of elephants, you couldn’t wish to be anywhere else! The research projects that you will be involved in will vary, depending on where you join us and at what time of year, but could include: Behavioural observation on lions in the release phase of the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program to collect data on group dynamics and social interactions, territorial behaviours and hunting skills. Behavioural observation on lions in the rehabilitation phase of the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program to collect data on play behaviour; important for the development of successful hunting skills and to help strengthen bonds between pride members.    The Zambezi National Park Hyena Project to monitor spotted hyena populations; the first of its kind to be conducted in this location. Working with our field biologist, you will learn more about this fascinating and ecologically significant species. Elephant research to assess distribution and abundance of elephants within a human-dominated environment in order to identify appropriate strategies to mitigate human-elephant conflict. Predator surveys and biodiversity studies to help calculate species density and abundance to assist in the introduction of sound conservation management plans. Forest management programs to reduce deforestation and increase community awareness of the need for habitat protection. This experience will not only help you develop your vocational skills, it will help you develop as a person, as you gradually take on responsibility and gain confidence in your new role.   When choosing a Wildlife Conservation Research intern, we are ideally looking for a post-graduate, although we will be glad to consider sufficiently motivated current students. You must clearly have an interest in wildlife and its conservation and prior in-the-field research experience is preferable. On a personal level, you need to be extremely focussed as the majority of research you will be carrying out is, by nature, painstaking. Attention to detail is vital in this field. To reward your patience and dedication you will get to spend every day in the company of some of Africa’s most magnificent species. The cost of a Wildlife Conservation Research internship with ALERT is £1,695 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks (for arrivals before 31st December 2017). This includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation and three meals per day, plus of course an amazing experience and all the necessary training to help you fulfil your role. ‘The experience of being an intern through ALERT has left marks on my memory, on my consciousness and on my heart. It has been the most real and fulfilling thing I have ever done with my life. I've taken so much experience and knowledge home with me and hopefully I have left something good in return.’ Holly Pennington, ALERT Wildlife Conservation Research intern Read other testimonials from previous Wildlife Conservation Research interns here: http://lionalert.org/page/intern-testimonials
ALERT Livingstone in Zambia, or Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe
Jun 26, 2017
Intern
As an Animal Management intern with ALERT, you will assist with the day-to-day welfare, care and management of lions in the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme. This role can be physically and mentally demanding, but offers you the chance to experience hands-on the complexities and challenges involved in working on a conservation program in Africa. Working alongside our Lions Manager, you will be involved in carrying out regular health checks on the lions, supervising enclosure cleaning, meat preparation (not for the faint-hearted, but an essential part of keeping the lions healthy), organising lion feeds, providing behaviour enrichment, planning daily schedules, and maintaining health records.       This experience will not only help you develop your vocational skills, it will help you develop as a person, as you gradually take on responsibility and gain confidence in your new role.   When choosing an Animal Management intern, we are ideally looking for a post-graduate who has studied animal care, behaviour, management, etc, although we will consider sufficiently motivated current students. You must clearly have an interest in wildlife and its conservation. Experience is important as well, whether it be caring for your own pets, or working or volunteering at a veterinary practice, zoo or animal sanctuary (not necessarily with big cats). On a personal level, initiative and a ‘go to’ attitude are a must! Our Lions Managers have busy schedules and are looking for interns who are reliable and can do a good job under minimum supervision. You will need to be able to think on your feet and learn to expect the unexpected. The cost of an Animal Management internship with ALERT is £1,695 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks (for arrivals before 31st December 2017). This includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation and three meals per day, plus of course an amazing experience and all the necessary training to help you fulfil your role.   ‘It's hard to convey just how much I gained from my internship. Every day I helped conserve a species I have loved and admired my whole life. I wouldn’t give up this experience for anything and I feel so lucky and thankful for all the wonderful people at ALERT who made it possible.’ Liz Babbitt, ALERT Animal Management intern   Read other testimonials from previous Animal Management interns here: http://lionalert.org/page/intern-testimonials