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Want to become a Wildlife Veterinarian or Wildlife Capturer!?

Wildlife Capture and Transportation


Host: African Wildlife Services (AWS)

Cost: Starting at $5,380.00 for 4-week educational internship program

Total Program Duration: 4-, 8-, or 12-week programs available

Description: An African Wildlife Services (AWS) Educational Internship Program allowing you to learn and earn the necessary skills to become a Wildlife Manager!

Gain hands-on experience and practical skills from Professional Wildlife Veterinarians and Conservationists!

Wildlife Capture and Transportation Educational Internship Program, Part 1

  • Intensive education, training, and preparation on site, in South Africa!

Duration: 10-days

Your educational internship adventure begins with 10-, intensive days of field-safety preparation, practical education, knowledge sharing, and skills transfer tailored specifically for your profession of interest and organized by African Wildlife Services.

Learn what is required to successfully fulfill the role as a Wildlife Capturer. Wildlife Capturers form the thin green line between our natural resources and the extinction of wildlife species. The wildlife on the continent of Africa represents the last remaining mega fauna of the Pleistocene Epoch

Training Modules (presented on location near Kruger National Park in South Africa):

  • Wildlife Veterinary Management

  • Game capture methods and procedures

    • Suitable method is selected per species taking in consideration the species, age, sex-ratio, numbers, terrain, finances, equipment, logistics, season, purpose, resources, infrastructure and equipment

    • Method of capture is influenced by value of animals, tameness to humans and vehicles, condition of animals, safety and skill of capture team and personnel, environmental conditions and behaviour and herd structure

  • Different capture methods are prepared for including physical capture or restraint, hand capture, cage traps, mass capture with plastic boma, passive capture with boma traps, drop down or pop-ups, permanent passive capture structures and chemical capture or restraint

  • Chemical Capture and restraint of wild animals

    • Selecting of Capture drugs per specie

    • Opioids – Knock Down Drugs

    • Cyclohexylamines

    • State of narcosis in animals

    • Sedatives and tranquilizers

    • Administering Capture Drugs

    • Drugs in food

  • Injection methods

    • Pole syringe

    • Darting - Handle and maintain a dart gun

    • Charges and dart weights

  • Biological samples, scientific data and where required fit monitoring devices to captured game

    • Tissue samples, blood samples, mucus swabs, parasites

    • Special applications such as aging, teeth imprints, morphometric

    • Measurements, telemetry equipment

    • Monitoring devices, Transmitters and Receivers


  • Participate and Execute a wildlife capture - Chemical Restraint of wild animals

  • Darting from a safari vehicles and helicopter

  • Dart a Wild Animal with a Veterinary Prescription


Accredited training providers lead all AWS educational and training programs which adhere to prescribed curricula approved by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the only educational authority in South Africa. Accredited Training Provider, Reg. No.: 613/P/000242/2014.

Wildlife Capture and Transportation Educational Internship Program, Part 2

  • African Wildlife Services Educational Internship and Professional Development Program

Duration: remainder of your 4-, 8-, or 12-week internship program

After your intensive 10-day field preparation, your adventure continues with African Wildlife Services (AWS) and their educational internship designed to further develop your knowledge, experience, and practical skills relating to your professional field of interest!

  • Learn what it takes to become a successful and impactful Wildlife Veterinarian!

  • Be the Wildlife Veterinarian and assist, capture, and transport wildlife in Southern Africa

  • Immerse yourself in a variety of aspects relating to Southern African Wildlife Veterinary and Wildlife Management

  • Understand and experience the reason South Africa is a world leader in wildlife conservation

More About Your Host: African Wildlife Services is a multifaceted company providing premium services in the realm of wildlife conservation including wildlife management, wildlife security, biodiversity surveying, land restoration, and education. African Wildlife Services founding member and CEO, Louis B. Ebersöhn, started guiding safaris in 1994. Now, Louis owns and successfully operates Aerial Wildlife Services (AWS), African Wilderness Safaris (AWS), and African Wildlife Security (AWS)! Louis and his team of highly skilled and professional conservationists will make sure you get the professional guidance, practical training, hands-on experience, and necessary inspiration you need to successfully take your place as our world’s next generation of professional conservationists, natural-resource managers, wildland stewards, and wildlife custodians!

Conservation of Africa’s wildlife and natural resources through sustainable utilization, as described in “The Conservation Game: Saving Africa’s Biodiversity,” by Gerhard R. Damm, is AWS’s guiding principle and forms the foundation of their business models. These guiding principles of sustainable utilization are:

  • The fulfillment of the legitimate needs of the African population

  • The protection and/or “Wise Use” of the soil

  • The protection and/or “Wise Use” of the plants that grow in the soil

  • The protection and/or “Wise Use” of the animals that use the plants for food or cover and which live in the specialized habitats provided by the different communities of plants and their physical environments

Based on these principles, AWS’s sustainable business models ensure their position as industry role-players and conservation leaders. AWS believes this is the only viable way to ensure the wildlife of today will still be around 10, 20, or 100 years from now.

Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) Private Security Services Provider; South African Nationally Qualified Outfitter and Professional Hunter; Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) Qualified Dangerous Site Guide; Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Restricted Radio Telephone Operator; Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Certified; Personal Safety and Social Responsibility Certified; South African Professional Firearm Trainers Council Qualifications (multiple); International Firearm Training Academy, NRA accredited; South Africa Tours (SATOUR) Registered Tour Guide

Come be a part of something life changing, life affirming, and be the adventure!

The goal of ResearchWild!’s educational internship program is to help university students explore the broad variety of unique and successful wildlife conservation models found all over the world! Becoming a ResearchWild! educational intern will expose you to vitally important conservation strategies, expand your mind regarding your global responsibility, and help you look inside to find the conservationist you hope to be.

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ResearchWild! helps you every step of the way. We are based out of Texas, but we will remain in full contact and be on the ground in Africa during your internship. All ResearchWild!’s internship hosts take your health and safety very seriously and communicate your status directly to us. We will even share status updates with your loved ones at home, with your permission. Transportation to and from the airport, supply runs, lodging, and food are provided. Our pre-trip checklist and orientation goes over everything you need to make your adventure abroad safe and successful.


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