GWF Students Intern at World’s Largest Rhino Sanctuary

Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) bizhub Conservation Academy adult students, sponsored by Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) have completed four months of a pioneering new six-month course, called “Introduction to Wildlife Monitoring”.

The course, intended to empower young, rural South Africans to be participants in the economy of wildlife and conservation, aims to blend digital learning and tech-skills with practical conservation experience.

Course modules include:

  • International Computer Driving License (ICDL) PowerPoint and Excel Advanced
  • Field Guiding Association of South Africa (FGASA) Level 1
  • First Aid Training Level 1
  • Two-week animal husbandry internship at Care for Wild AFRICA, a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary
  • English for access (Hands on English programme)

The students have now completed their internship at Care for Wild AFRICA, the largest rhino sanctuary in the world, where they are participating in an internship programme on animal husbandry and wildlife monitoring. The students have been learning how to monitor rhinos, seven of which have been adopted by KMSA.

“It has been the most interesting journey of my life to be learning with my students. We have made some fascinating discoveries about wildlife and were fortunate to have a passionate expert like the founder of Care for Wild AFRICA, Petronel Nieuwoudt, to teach us about wildlife,” said bizhub Conservation Academy facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi.

26 rhinos call the sanctuary “home” and the students were tasked with everything from feeding and hygiene, to caring for a critically ill rhino that had recently been flown in from Kruger National Park. The students were also taught about observation, data collection and security.

“I could do this all day, week, month and even year and not mind at all,” said Mapule. My favourite task every day is bottle feeding those beautiful baby rhinos.”

During their internship at the sanctuary, one of the hardest tasks the students faced was losing an orhaned rhino after a few days of around-the-clock intensive care. The female calf’s injuries were simply too severe, as was her trauma.

“It was one of the hardest times to pass, as we worked so hard to help her stay alive, but her stress levels were just too high and she was very young still,” said Ronald, another one of the bizhubworld Conservation Academy students.

“The GWF students were amazing,” said Nieuwoudt, the sanctuary’s founder and manager. “They were committed and their work ethic was exceptional. They will be an asset to South African conservation.”

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The students have been learning how to monitor rhinos, seven of which have been adopted by KMSA.

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The students have now completed their internship at Care for Wild AFRICA, the largest rhino sanctuary in the world, where they are participating in an internship programme on animal husbandry and wildlife monitoring

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“The GWF students were amazing,” said Nieuwoudt, the sanctuary’s founder and manager. “They were committed and their work ethic was exceptional. They will be an asset to South African conservation.”

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“I could do this all day, week, month and even year and not mind at all,” said Mapule. My favourite task every day is bottle feeding those beautiful baby rhinos.”

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“It has been the most interesting journey of my life to be learning with my students. We have made some fascinating discoveries about wildlife and were fortunate to have a passionate expert like the founder of Care for Wild AFRICA, Petronel Nieuwoudt, to teach us about wildlife,” said bizhub Conservation Academy facilitator, Sibusiso Mnisi.

Written by GWF Media Academy

 

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