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Hi am Jackline, after completing my Bachelors degree in wildlife management, I became one of the lucky few to join WWF's internship Volunteer programme under the African Elephant Programme, Region of Africa. The main reason why I applied for an internship with WWF was to gain experience in conservation and it did not disappoint. The experience was both adventerous and mind opening as despite my former knowledge in wildlife managment, I realised there was still much to learn on wildlife conservation.
Elephants are very intelligent animals and will counter almost every single mitigation measure enforced on them as long as these measures inhibit their movement in search of food, water and suitable habitats. Added to their cunning intelligence, African elephants are social animals and add beauty to the African plains. Poaching, Habitat fragmentation and human elephant conflict are the main factors contributing to rapid decline in African elephant populations but all these can be combatted with the right knowledge and well enforced laws against poaching and habitat destruction.
If you wish to join the WWF internship programme, it is best to have an open mind to new possibilites, knowing you may not be able to do all that you desire but you will do that which will have the most impact. Also, know that if you get stuck on something, there are always people who are willing to help.