Research Missions

Research Missions

Our Research Missions are part of our GO WILD Academy initiative. They are all about supporting students to get out into the bush! You will be living and working at one of our wildlife research hubs. The mission is to get out into the wild, collect data and build a picture of the ecosystem around you. Each student project has been developed by experienced Field Academics (Bush Scientists!). We make a point of working with local scientists and conservation programmes on all of our Missions.

Painted Dog Project

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

With less than 5,000 dogs remaining in the African wild, this project aims to understand populations and provide education and solutions to combat their rapid disappearance.

Painted Dog Project

Mission

Led by acclaimed Field Academic Greg Rasmussen, students join a live data collection project, including monitoring wild populations of Painted Dogs in Zimbabwe. All students will collect and analyse data in the field, leaving with a live data set for use in their studies. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in local wildlife programmes to broaden their understanding of conservation in Africa, and attend a series of lectures hosted by a combination of Greg and local researchers, conservationists and rangers covering bush skills, local initiatives and best practices for data collection and analysis.
Painted Dog Project

The Researcher

Dr. Greg Rasmussen

Dr. Greg Rasmussen is a leading researcher and authority on endangered Painted Dogs in Africa. Dr. Rasmussen is building a unique research and educational facility with local students & graduates also taking part in this ongoing project.

Anaconda Project

Brazil, South America

A biodiversity survey targeted to forward understanding of species diversity and abundance in developing parts of the Amazonian rainforest. Anacondas are a bioindicator species in this region.

Anaconda Project

Mission

Led by taxonomist Prof. Emil Hernandez, students join a live data collection project, conducting biodiversity surveys and in some instances tagging and DNA collecting Anaconda specimens, in a developing part of the Brazilian Amazon. Students will collect and analyse data in the field under the guidance of Emil and are guaranteed a live data set for use in their studies. Students will also have the opportunity to work with local tribal communities and attend lectures on conservation in this rapidly developing part of the Amazon Rainforest.
Anaconda Project

The Researcher

Prof. Emil Hernandez

Prof. Hernandez has famously described several species of amphibians and reptiles in the Para region of the Amazon. On the first field survey for this project, the team revealed a new species of snake previously undescribed by scientists.