While volunteering for GVI on the South African Wildlife Expedition I learnt many skills that have proved useful over the years in my new career in wildlife biology: the science (and art!) of tracking wildlife using telemetry and spoor (footprints), navigation by GPS (and stars!), animal ID and census techniques and so much more. As an intern I also learned data analysis including GIS. I have now used some of the data gathered by GVI in my thesis on lions in small reserves in South Africa – a testament to the quality of the data being collected by GVI volunteers over the years.