Studying “what animals do naturally” (Lehrman, 1971) leads a careful observer to ask fundamental questions and formulate hypothesis which are tested in more controlled research, either outdoors or in a laboratory environment.
Field studies address many behaviors that are not easily observable in more controlled environments; these include aspects of social behavior, mating systems, feeding habits or even predator-prey relationships. Studying these aspects can help reveal the roles which individuals play within intraspecific groups as well us understand the role a species may play in relation to the environment including other species.
The EFS programs are geared to provide a base for networking and data collection in respect to equid related field research. Through contact and cooperation with other researchers and current research projects we aim to contribute a grain of sand to the growing mountain of scientific knowledge regards to horses and their behavior.
The [EFS] or [FSW] listed below are now programmed and itineraries are under revision to provide the best possible experience: [EFS] Feral Creoles Venezuela – February/March 2014 – 30 days [FSW] Pottoka Pony Project (Spain) 19th July-21st July 2013 [EFS] Mustangs Nevada – 16th September/12th October 2013 – 26 days DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON; PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE IN A FEW DAYS or contact us.
Far from the theory of the classrooms, we offer on-site field experience coupled with practical observational and research skills.
Many feral and wild equids live in remote and marginal locations around the globe, from the deserts in Namib to the Australian outback, the plains of the Serengeti or their South American counterpart of Los Llanos, it is these bio-diverse ecosystems that will be transformed into your classrooms, with boundless opportunities for learning and personal growth.
EFS programs cater to motivated individuals with a passion for horses and their behavior, covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the behavior of horses, conservation and wildlife management and are suitable for a broad range of people. The [EFS] programs are designed to target the post-18 age range of students, following certificate up to undergraduate level courses in the animal sciences. Students from college and university programs are the primary audience, though groups from other backgrounds are encouraged to join us.
We are always looking for new partnerships that enable us to extend the range of training we can offer in support of related research and conservation efforts.
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Besides, through our EFS programs we aim to contribute to the existing conservation efforts of equids around the world. Through responsible and sustainable Scientific Tourism, we hope to bring economic stability to conservation efforts and the local communities.
“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another”
Juvenal (c. AD 55-138)
Equilibre promotes four [EFS] programs throughout the year. Our programs have a minimum duration of two weeks, and one will run for 1-3 months, depending on the research requirements of our local partners. Due to popular demand we will be organizing field study workshops [FSW] of lesser duration on feral horse populations in Europe.
Through our equine field-study workshops we provide training to students of animal behavior, and those with a special interest in horses and other equids. These workshops provide hands-on experience in observational skills and research techniques with equids as the subjects of study.
Participants should expect to gain exposure to current fieldwork and data collection processes. The focus is to provide the opportunity to assist in research projects,and training will be provided in equid and habitat survey, data collection, and environmental education.
Feral Horse Programs
The [EFS] or [FSW] listed below are now programmed and itineraries are under revision to provide the best possible experience.
[FSW] Pottoka Pony Project (Spain) 19th July-21st July 2013
[EFS] Mustangs Nevada – 16th September/12th October 2013 – 26 days
DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON; PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE IN A FEW DAYS or alternately subscribe to our blog or drop us an email.
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Wild Ass Programs
We are open to invitations to run our training courses in different locations. We are keen to share our skills and understanding. If you would like to propose a new venue for our EFS program, or suggest a new course topic, contact us.
We must remember though that the animals we visit live wild and free, and we cannot fully predict or control their migratory patterns (nor would we ever want to). We may therefore be required to make itinerary changes during the trip to accommodate these contingencies.
Risk Management Plans
Prior to any EFS programs, we file a risk evaluation and contingency plan, specific to that trip, which identifies foreseeable risks and describes mitigating interventions and other trip particulars. These files will be readily available upon request for scheduled trips, so feel free to request further information. We do remind you however, that travelling to remote destinations around the world entails a certain degree of risk, and we advise you investigate on your own, whether these risks are worth the experience or not.
Study and Travel groups are kept small (8-10) people and they can fill quickly, so contact us to check availability. contact us.
Please be encouraged, or encourage your students, to take an active role in preparing for the program—it will pay off in the long run!
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