We design our Earthwatch Teen Expeditions specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. They’re unlike any other experience a teenager can have.
Do something special this summer: track carnivores in the wilds of South Africa and meet fascinating people from around the world.
Carnivores that usually scavenge for their meals, like brown hyenas and black-backed jackals, play a vital role in maintaining balance in their environment. But they also regularly conflict with people like ranchers, who think of them as a danger to livestock.
Journey to South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park and the unprotected land around it (less than 2.5 percent of the North West province of South Africa, where Pilanesberg is located, is officially protected, so most carnivores live on privately owned land where humans can hunt them). You’ll help see how carnivore populations are faring and what local people think about them, which will help researchers develop strong strategies to protect these species in the future.
You’ll check camera traps, which automatically take photos of animals that pass by them, to get an idea of what species live in an area. You’ll hike and look for traces of carnivores, and try to catch a glimpse the animals themselves at night when the team drives into the wilderness with a spotlight to catch creatures in action. And you’ll have free time to get to know your teammates and take in the African sunset.