The Aspinall Foundation (TAF) in cooperation with the governments of the Republic of Congo and of Gabon has been working for the conservation of indigenous endangered species in general, and of gorillas in particular. In order to achieve this goal TAF set up Projet Protection des Gorilles (PPG) Congo and Gabon. Gorilla reintroduction is one of several activities carried out by PPG in Congo and Gabon to achieve this goal.
To achieve this goal, PPG is involved in several distinct but related activities in the two range countries:
- The reduction of the trade in orphan gorillas, and consequently the illegal bush-meat trade, by repression (facilitating confiscation of illegally held gorillas by the national governments) and by prevention (information, awareness, education).
- The rehabilitation of confiscated orphan gorillas into a natural forest habitat.
- The reintroduction of gorillas and other endemic species into protected areas within the former range of the species.
- The management of these areas for the restoration and the protection of their natural resources and species.
- The promotion of local, national and international awareness of the threats facing the species.
PPG is looking for a volunteer vet to monitor and oversee the health of our gorillas and other species in the reserve. This will be based in Gabon.
This is an excellent opportunity to work in the field of conservation medicine whilst gaining invaluable practical experience of working with endangered African wildlife species.
We are looking for a qualified veterinary surgeon with experience of working with (captive) wildlife species. Knowledge of the French language is an advantage. The position will be for a duration of 3 months and will be based in our reserve in Gabon.
As the veterinarian for PPG Gabon you will be responsible for monitoring the health of the gorillas and other species in the project and for regularly reporting to the Aspinall Foundation’s Head of Veterinary Services in the UK. You will work in conjunction with our UK based Veterinary Department to carry out preventative healthcare and veterinary procedures. Although this is a sole charge position, support and advice will be available from the UK at all times.
Basic veterinary equipment (including darting apparatus) is on site in Gabon.
<strong>This is a voluntary position but the project will provide accommodation, insurance, a food allowance, and flights to and from Gabon.</strong>
To apply: please send a full CV and cover letter to Jane Hopper, Head of Veterinary Services, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Aldington Road, Nr Hythe, Kent. CT21 4PD.
Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Meals and lodging and flight