Earthwatch Teen Expeditions are designed specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds, and are completely different to any other experience teenagers can have.
Do something special this summer: investigate the habits of leopards and monkeys and meet fascinating people from around the world.
The magnificent Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa supports one of the highest leopard densities in Africa. While these beautiful cats are tough to catch a glimpse of, their abundance brings them into contact and conflict with landowners in the area, who think of them as major predators of their livestock. Monkeys also thrive in the mountains and get into trouble with farmers when they raid crops for food.
By joining this project, you’ll help researchers understand these charismatic species and find ways that they can live more harmoniously with humans. Since some of the primate species you’ll study are important prey for leopards, studying these animals at the same time is important to understanding how their populations interact with each other and with people.
When farmers lose crops and livestock, they’re less likely to support conservation efforts and treat leopards and monkeys gently. Determining the extent of these conflicts and examining ways for farmers and these primates to coexist is essential for conserving both species diversity and local livelihoods in the area.