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Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve welcomes another intern!

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AnruName: Anru Lotter
Age: 20
Home Town: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Studying at: Saasveld Campus George, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of South Africa
Studying: Diploma in Nature Conservation

As the New Year begins, Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve welcomes another intern and the first for 2015! Arriving on the 1st January Anru has now begun his 1 year work placement at UmPhafa.

The aim of his placement is to gain practical experience in a wide range of Conservation Management. With a work schedule provided by his tutors Anru will be covering various aspects of reserve management working through the schedule to ensure that all of the modules are completed. He will also be assisting the reserves project coordinators and security team, all of which will go towards the completion of the practical component of his diploma.

"I am currently undertaking a one year work experience placement at UmPhafa as part of my Nature Conservation Diploma. In the two months that I have been here it has exceeded all of my expectations. Over this short period of time I have gained an incredible amount of invaluable knowledge that will be incredibly helpful in my future career in Conservation. I have undertaken various animals studies including monitoring of large game such as Rhino and Giraffe which has been one of my favourite activities. I have completed numerous grass surveys and have assisted with small mammal trapping and pit fall trapping. I also really enjoy setting up and checking the camera traps that are put out on the reserve. During my time here I hope to be able to catch a glimpse of one of the illusive Leopards. Assisting the management team on the reserve and helping with the internship has made me feel an important part of the team. I feel what UmPhafa are undertaking here on the reserve is making a huge contribution to preserving this little piece of Africa and its wildlife."

Anru’s aim is to work within an Endangered Species Management role and it is hoped his time at UmPhafa will help him reach this goal!

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Since its first conception, UmPhafa has seen the return of two large carnivores to the site through free migration; leopard and spotted hyena

Number of species offically recorded on Umphafa

Mammals 48
Birds 143
Reptiles 18
Amphibians 11
Trees 54