June 02, 2012, 2:41 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Projects Abroad announces new environment and conservation projects in the heart of Africa. The latest volunteer placements are part of development plans for a wildlife reserve in Kenya that focuses on the protection of an endangered species of giraffe.
The Kigio wildlife reserve, located in the Rift Valley, was once a cattle farm but now consists of 3,500 acres of woodlands, riverbanks and grassland and is home to 100 species of indigenous plants as well as the zebras, hippos, buffaloes and gazelles for which Kenya is famous.
A particular focus of the project is the protection of the endangered Rothschild giraffe, otherwise known as the Baringo giraffe. This giraffe is a separate species from other giraffes, and only a few hundred are said to remain in the wild. Therefore efforts to conserve and grow the population are vital.
Volunteers on the Kigio reserve project will live in a secure base camp on the reserve, and work under the close supervision of qualified staff. A typical working day will run from 8am until 5pm, with a two-hour break in the heat of the day for lunch.
Work activities could include digging new waterholes for the animals, building hides
and creating new trails, population studies, and essential outreach work in local
village schools and communities to educate local people about the work of the
Projects Abroad also offers other similar conservation volunteer projects and journalism internships in South Africa.
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About Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad arranges volunteer projects, work experience placements and language courses of the highest quality around the world. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent over 35,000 volunteers to thousands of community projects throughout the world.
The company employs full-time local staff to ensure that all volunteers work on worthwhile local programmes and that they are well supported and safe, and does not outsource any aspect of its operations to third-party organisations.
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