Conservation volunteering in Dubai with the Arabian oryx

“Connecting Worlds, as well as organizing a wide range of volunteer projects for hundreds of people who visit Argentina, is always interested in sharing information on the variety of volunteering opportunities available in other countries. It is with great pleasure that we share today’s post from Ingunn, writing about a special conservation volunteer project in Dubai. Enjoy!”

Conservation volunteering is a great way of contributing to saving the world’s wildlife whilst still getting to see a different country. It might surprise you that you can go almost anywhere in the world and be close to a volunteer project that is focusing on the animals of the region. Picking the expedition might be the hardest part of the whole experience, after that you just have to braise yourself for a once in a lifetime experience

What species can I study?

When thinking of Dubai, many envision tall glass buildings and luxurious shopping centres, and the wildlife right outside the city centre does not even cross their minds. However, the Arabian Peninsula is populated by some very interesting wildlife such as the Arabian oryx and the beautiful Gordon’s wildcat. Many of these species are on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List. The sandy desert landscape stretches as far as the eye can see and the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve scientists will guide you through your stay. The rapid development of the metropolitan Dubai has led to many species losing their habitat and hunting grounds. This is why research into their behavioural patterns is so important and as a volunteer you can greatly contribute to this.

What will I be doing?

Taking part in the conservation work you will be taking pictures of the animals, documenting their behaviour and setting human traps in order to place tracking devices on them. All this will be done under supervision from experts and biologists. Expeditions also tend to provide all the training you will need to perform the tasks so you should not feel like you need to read up on anything before you go, or that you require any experience.

How do I get there?

After deciding what expedition you want to take part in you must get to the assembly point. Most volunteering organisations will offer a package including accommodation and food when you are at the camp as well as transport from the assembly point, however it will be your responsibility to book your plain journey and other travel arrangements to get to where you will be meeting the others taking part in the same trip as you. It is often best to ask the company you are traveling with if they have any affiliate partners that can give you a discount on your travel, particularly if you are booking for a larger group.

Bio: Ingunn writes about “http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org” title=”conservation volunteering”> conservation volunteering </a>  and other adventures around the world.

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