Dr. Gianluca Zaffarano spent one-month with Conservation Global in February 2016 researching the prevalence of parasites in wild ruminants. This research evaluated mugshot, sex, skeletal development, nutritional status through evaluation of BCS (body condition score), sensory status, attitudes and particular signs, skin and subcutaneous connective tissue, respiratory activity and major organ functions as well as the digital diagnosis of parasites in feces. For instance, we appreciated symptoms remotely seen like coughing, nasal discharge, diarrhea and lameness. Always with the support of Rangers we defined the hierarchical status of the considered head. The qualitative and quantitative coprological examinations helped us to identify the presence of noxious parasites responsible for the alterations of previously identified or interference with the or health and / or hierarchical situation. A large number of data recovered was evaluated through statistical evaluations. The choice of animal species for this survey was left to the park managers who may be interested for management purposes.
Conservation Global organized a dually educational and adventurous experience across South Africa. As a student I was able to learn more about apartheid and its effects on the nation from prominent political leaders. Also, I was able to better understand the needs and efforts of conservationists across the area to protect some of the worlds most endangered animals. From finding dolphins in the Indian Ocean, cage diving with great whites, and spotting lions on the game reserve, this experience reestablished the necessity in myself to protect our wild lands across the globe. If we do not protect them, who will?
Conservation Global provided a comprehensive and engaging travel experience for a group of seasoned travelers. My expectations were exceeded due to the organization’s ability to strike a balance between learning and fun, academics were firmly grounded as the motivation for all activities. We had access to sustainability focused thought leaders who were great privileges to learn from; many of whom were only accessible through this fantastic organization and their vast network of environmentalists. From a beautiful sunrise hike of Lion’s Head in Cape Town to spending time with the students at Tsiba college in Knysna, I would happily relive this trip in a heartbeat. I am grateful for Conservation Global and the time and energy they put in to ensure a memorable, inspiring and educational South African adventure for all involved.