Wilderness Experience Tropical Biology in India

Primates and Predators

Your Wilderness Experience in Asia

This Wilderness Experience enables you to experience a true nature adventure in South Asia and discover India’s flora and fauna by heart: This 2 week program about tropical biology will focus on the professional medium of research methods on conservation and investigation of primates and predators in the Indian rainforest. This course will take place in the astonishing Western Ghats, a biological hotspot and unique location. During the day you will be involved in research activities with the assistance of a professional guide. The activities consist of hands-on learning methods and will be completed with scientific lectures, literature and discussions. The course will deal with human influence on natural habitats and possibilities on how to protect those in long term. Course participants will have introduction lectures on herpetology, ornithology, entomology and botanic. In the end of the course you will have profound knowledge in the field of research methods, like radio telemetry, plant identification, navigation and orientation, monitoring and handling with motion sensor camera traps. This course combines an outdoor adventure with training process and unforgettable memories about the Indian tropics.

The biodiversity hotspot of the Western Ghats in the south of India provide the unique backdrop for this course. You will encounter fascinating primates and predators in the dense rainforest of this tropical region in the southern state of Kerala. The course combines an outdoor adventure with training, and gives you an opportunity to have an unforgettable experience at the heart of the untouched Indian jungle.

Services Our Services

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Course-related equipment
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • 24/7 support throughout the course
  • Accommodation during the course

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals in Mysore
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions
  • Visa fees

India

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.IND-001
2 Weeks 2.150 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Requirements

Requirements

You don’t need to be a biology expert or have any specific previous knowledge – you only need to be enthusiastic about tropical biology and show us that you are willing to learn about research related topics and be actively involved in the course. All participants have to be at least 18 years old. We require a document about your state of health, as well as your vaccination record. Furthermore we ask you for a work or education reference as well as a final skype call with NATUCATE and our partners.

 

Everyone interested in the our field courses in Peru aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.

Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions but require effort. But if you are interested and also willing to learn something completely new, the challenges and tasks will be manageable for you. You should not get discouraged – feel free to contact us so we can discuss the detailed learning plan and explain the general procedure of the courses to you.

Details Field Biology Primates and Predators

Your Field Course in India

Your flight will take you to the International Airport of Kempegowda in Bangalore (former Bengaluru International Airport). After your arrival an employee of the project will welcome you and take you and other participants to the city of Myore. There you will spend one night at a hotel. The next day you will visit the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary and one of the oldest zoos in the country. Afterwards you will head out to the research center – your future home. During the field course you will be trained in field techniques relevant to primate and carnivore conservation and research. You will be exposed to the amazing diversity of tropical plants and wildlife in the Western Ghats. The focus will be on carnivore and primate ecology, but you will also be shortly introduced to modules on ornithology, herpetology, botany and entomology. The participants will receive training methods that are broadly applicable to field research, including forest navigation, biodiversity monitoring, radio telemetry, plant identification, tree-climbing and camera trapping. The whole time you will be guided by professional instructors that will stress the impacts humans have on this habitat and why it needs to be conserved.

In the end of the course each participant will receive a certificate if successfully completing the course. Depending on your university you might be able to get credit for this course. For further question please contact the NATUCATE team.

 

Subjects covered in the course are

  • Forest navigation and orienteering, on and off trail
  • Fail-proof tree climbing
  • Proper maintenance of a field notebook
  • Upkeep of detailed and accurate wildlife sightings lists
  • Creation of a trail map from scratch
  • Effective use of camera traps
  • Basic data analyses

We realise that some of the people on our projects want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.


Accomodation

Accomodation

During the course you will live at the research center, which is located in the state of Kerala. The closest city is Mananthavadi. You will spend your first and last day at a hotel in Mysore. At the research center the participants will sleep in shared dormitories. Each room consists of one separate shared bathroom. You will receive three meals a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner – which will be eaten together in the big dining room with open roof. The Indian kitchen supports you with balanced dishes which allow a vegetarian diet. Let us know about your diet prior to your departure to India. There will be tea and coffee available in between the meals. During your time at the hotel you will be supplied with breakfast. On these two days you have to take care of lunch and dinner on your own.

 

Everybody interested in wilderness experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

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