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Life Net Nature seeks volunteers to assist with wildlife monitoring and community-based conservation with the Maasai next to the famous Masai Mara.

Volunteers assist Maasai Morans Conservation and Walking Safaris and Life Net Nature’s directors and wildlife conservation biologists, Dr. Dusti Becker and Dr. Tony Povilitis, on a unique effort to sustain Maasai culture, preserve native grasslands and forests, and protect iconic African wildlife. Life Net teams count wild mammals along transects and note birds associated with various habitats to develop an area checklist. Volunteers assist with field research on Masai giraffe group composition, movements, photo ID-ing, and mother-infant behavior, and help document forest resources and corridors used by elephants and other wildlife. Volunteers provide suggestions to improve guiding and eco-campsite management by Maasai youth. Volunteers evaluate walking safari experiences and conditions of Giraffe Camp at Lol Konoi providing suggestions for improving this local Maasai ecotourism enterprise.

Experience with wildlife monitoring, birding, environmental education, small business management, marketing, and ecotourism are all desirable, but what is needed most is enthusiasm for nature conservation, good general health and fitness, and a desire to walk about in the great African outdoors. These are the main qualifications we look for in Life Net Nature Kenya volunteers.

Volunteers donate $2500 to Life Net Nature to cover their field costs during the Kenya Wildlife Conservation Expedition. Once the team leaves Nairobi, the cost-share donation covers all meals, drivers and transportation, camping & park fees, payments to guides in training, and two full-day safaris, one through the Masai Mara National Reserve and a second in the Mara Triangle Reserve.

Teams meet in Nairobi at Wildebeest Camp. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to and from Nairobi and for all lodging and meals in Nairobi. The expedition is a “working, educational” volunteer experience that may be used for university level projects related to conservation biology.

The team will be lead by a Life Net Nature Director, Dr. Tony Povilitis and/or Dr. Dusti Becker, and by Kenyan officers and members of the Maasai Morans Conservation and Walking Safaris conservation organization.

To apply to join an expedition, email Dr. Dusti Becker (dustizuni@yahoo.com) a short cover letter briefly explaining your interest and skills (resume is optional). If you are invited to join the team you can make a deposit donation of $250 to secure your position, and receive the full project briefing. Balance donation due date is typically 2 months prior to the date of the expedition.