Over the past 40 years, the African lion population has decreased by an astonishing 80 – 90% with an estimated number of lions in Africa to be as low as 32,000. By joining volunteer projects in Africa together with African Impact, ALERT and Lion Encounter, you can assist in reversing the damage done in these delicate eco systems.
Lions play an important role in drawing many foreign tourists to enjoy safari experiences and therefore generating 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 Victoria Falls Lion Conservation Volunteering project is part of the groundbreaking ALERT [African Lion and Environmental Research Trust] Lion Rehabilitation Program. As a volunteer you will partake in this 4-stage lion rehabilitation program releasing cubs of captive bred lions into release sites and reserves across Africa as wild-born off-spring.
Through these four stages African Impact and its partners aim to preserve the African Lion by producing quality gene pools, increasing the number of lions, and introducing offspring back into wild environments.
With the help of wildlife volunteers in Africa the project has made amazing progress and already released two prides of lions into release sites where their wild-born cubs are being raised without any human interaction. As you volunteer with animals abroad you will be amazed in seeing young cubs develop into a hunters, training, feeding and walking with them.
Volunteers assist by taking cubs out into their natural habitat to discover the sights and sounds of the bush. Volunteer work also includes data collection of the lions and prey species; and other amazing animals inhabiting the Zambezi National Park as well as presenting two educational classes per week in local schools about environmental conservation and lion protection.