Alison’s time volunteering at CCF Namibia, part ten

Alison is currently volunteering at CCF Namibia from the United Kingdom as a working guest. While there, she will be sharing her daily experiences with us so that we can have a first-hand look at what life is like as a CCF volunteer!

‘You certainly meet a wide range of people at CCF – Mark is here studying hornbills, which are crazy noisy birds with big beaks  that like tapping on my window in the morning. Here he is weighing and measuring baby hornbills assisted by myself and Morgan.’

‘Morgan is from the US and she is very interested in cheetah scat (poo!). She’s doing a project looking at how the cheetah gut microbiome changes with diet. The poo is the easiest way to measure gut microbes, so I’ve spent few hours watching cheetahs waiting for them to poo to  help her along. For the purposes of her project she had to record exactly when the cheetah had poo’d and how long before it was analysed (this seemed to me like a really good excuse to watch cheetahs, really!).

Tune in tomorrow for Alison’s eleventh day!

To find out how you could volunteer at CCF Namibia, please read our pages on Internships and Working Guests.

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