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Hands-on Lion Conservation, Livingstone Zambia

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Lion Rehabilitation

Hands-on

Contribute to the conservation of the iconic African lion while living and working in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and soak up the local culture of Livingstone.

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With the estimated current number of lions in Africa to be as low as 32,000, the African lion population has decreased by an astonishing 80 – 90% over the past 40 years.  Lions play an important role in drawing many foreign tourists to enjoy safari experiences and therefore generate much needed income for many impoverished areas in Africa.  Lions are also vital in the maintenance of biodiversity as they fulfill their role in the food chain by regulating more dominant herbivore species.  The aim of the Lion Rehabilitation Program is to restore lion populations through a 4 stage program that will also provide social benefits to surrounding communities.  

The four stages start with breeding cubs on the project breeding sites and in step 2, developing a natural pride social system in a minimum 500 acre enclosure. The pride is then relocated into a managed ecosystem of a minimum 10,000 acres, where there are no resident human beings, there are sufficient prey species to hunt and there are competitive species such as hyena.  The lions in stage 3 will give birth to cubs, which will be raised by the pride in the managed ecosystem. In stage 4, the lions born in stage 3 can be released into the wild in several natural social groups or ‘prides’.  

With the help of wildlife volunteers in Africa the project has released 7 lions into the second stage of the Lion rehabilitation project. These have further had their own cubs that were born in the stage 2 site and are doing well with the whole pride.  Volunteers in Zambia have also contributed with this project in building a new preschool in a local village, upgrading classrooms and building an extra shelter at Natebe Primary School.

As you work with lions in Africa you will spend time playing with, walking with and caring for them.

 

project pricing
2 Weeks: USD 2113 GBP 1208 EUR 1570
3 Weeks: USD 2977 GBP 1702 EUR 2212
4 Weeks: USD 3842 GBP 2195 EUR 2854

Please note a longer placement may be possible - kindly send through an enquiry for more information.

project start date

Volunteers to arrive weekly on a Monday. The project runs throughout the year.

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Lion Rehabilitation

A large part of your work as you volunteer with animals abroad, will include taking care of the lions. You may need to prepare meat for them, feed them, clean their enclosures and occasionally assist with veterinary care to ensure that they are kept in the best of health. Volunteer work also includes taking the lions on walks daily to familiarise them with their natural environment.

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Research

A number of research activities are conducted to better understand lion behaviour and ecology. As a wildlife volunteer you will assist in gathering and analyzing data needed in making decisions for the animal’s welfare and release. The research studies being undertaken whilst on your placement will vary depending on the needs of the project at the time but may include looking at hunting development, character traits, spoor sizes or mane growth.

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Elephant Research

Volunteering opportunities will also include work with elephants as you join the research team to identify individual elephants, to track seasonal changes, score body condition and record location and group sizes.

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Conservation Education

You will visit schools in the area and do some voluntary teaching about hygiene, the importance of wildlife conservation and effective resource management. The nature of the programs operating at the time of your placement will be given to you on arrival.

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Nearby Activities

As you will be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the magnificent Victoria Falls and Zambezi River you will be able to enjoy a multitude of exciting activities close by.  Besides enjoying the grand view of the falls, the sounds of thundering waters and feeling the mist on your skin, you can also enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or microlight flights over the falls.

About Livingstone
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Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the 'The Smoke That Thunders', known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Your volunteer accommodation is located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park in Livingstone, Zambia away from the noise of traffic in the city. The house is surrounded by beautiful woodland and grassland with plenty of birds, and animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, white rhino, warthog, sable, eland, buffalo, impala and other antelope.

The accommodation is simple, with plenty hot and cold water, showers, and rooms shared between 3 and 4 volunteers. Unless your daily activities require you to take a packed meal, meals will be served at the house and are prepared by the on-site chefs.

This volunteer working holiday promises to be an adventure of a life time. In such a beautiful location, with so much activity, the warmth of Africa’s people and wonder of its amazing wildlife, how can you possibly go wrong?

Feedback from our volunteers
Margaret Hatezic, Australia

I wanted to let you know that the experience I had with you in Zambia was truly a cliched "once in a life time" experience. Being able to walk with the lions and being a very small part of a very big and honourable cause is something I will treasure for life.

I admire you for being able to deal with people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe, of all ages with a multitude of cultural attitudes thrown in.

Marie-Helene Hardouin, France

Spending some time with the lions was the most amazing experience of my life. Being part of this project was a privilege I will never forget!

Paula Mannu, UK

I feel this is an excellent program, both in helping with the lion re-population issue and the help given to the local community. I have gained a feeling of true self satisfaction in helping with the lion project and great esteem for the work in the local villages. It was awesome to see the smiles on the faces of the children at the schools.

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