In order to get insights into the structure and the functioning of an ecosystem and to recognise changes, the project is first of all dedicated to the monitoring of endangered wild animals. You track, monitor, and observe e.g. lions, rhinos, and elephants, although the focus lies on wild dogs. Sometimes relocations of animals have to be carried out. “All in all, this is a very interesting field of activity. Monitoring gives important insights in the estimation of animal populations which is indispensable for useful wildlife management and conservation”, remarks Daniel. This already starts before sunrise: The participants take the rear seats of a pick-up truck and set off in the wilderness together with an experienced guide. This guide functions as a so-called wildlife monitor and shows them how to locate different species with the help of telemetric devices, how attentive wildlife observation looks like, and how professional data recording works. “The group spends at least one day a week analysing and evaluating the recorded data – this is how you can develop strategies for an appropriate, location-specific wildlife management.” Around noon the team returns to the camp to have lunch together and get a little rest. A second drive starts early afternoon when the whole group sets off for more monitoring activities. The day ends with a shared dinner and a cosy gathering around the campfire. After every two weeks, you switch camp and reserve so that you have the chance to get to know each region’s flora and fauna.