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ALERT Animal Management Internship

Livingstone, Zambia and Antelope Park, Zimbabwe

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Experience a true African adventure as you join our professional team to gain a deeper understanding of African lions, care for them and help facilitate their eventual release back into the wild.

Kengeke3
  • The ALERT Animal Management Program focuses on the day-to-day welfare, care and management of the lions in stage one of the (African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild.
  • You will be shadowing and assisting the projects' Lions Managers in all aspects of their work.
  • You're in a beautiful bush environment, your life is about conservation and furthering the program - and there's no better cure for a hard day's work than to catch up with the cubs and know you are contributing to their survival and future.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 8 weeks
Impacts Conservation & Environmental
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|

Detailed Project Pricing
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390

Project Start Dates

This internship is available all year round, with a minimum commitment of 8 weeks.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Feeding

Feeding

You will ensure the lions are fed the correct weight of meat on their feed days. This involves weighing the meat and confirming that each lion gets the correct amount. On days where there is a delivery of food, you will be asked to over-see the weighing-in of the meat and log details into the Meat Preparation book.

Behavioural enrichment

Behavioural Enrichment

Your duties may include creating toys from natural materials to encourage stalking and chasing, providing the lions with opportunities that promote species specific behaviours to assist their development

Enclosure cleaning

Enclosure Cleaning

Cleaning is carried out daily. Faeces and leftover bones are collected and disposed of. All water baths are emptied, scrubbed and re-filled to allow the lions access to fresh water.

Enclosure maintenance

Enclosure Maintenance

The condition of lion enclosures is monitored constantly and you will be asked to carry out work, including essential boundary repairs, to the highest standards.

Deticking and deworming

De-Ticking and De-Worming

This is managed on a regular basis. Since ticks attach themselves to any part of the lion and can easily spread disease, they need to be kept under control. It is for the same reason the lions are also de-wormed.

Computer Work

You will be asked to regularly update the lion's profiles and descriptions. This will include taking up to date pictures of each lion, documenting health issues such as when they were de-wormed, de-ticked and vaccinated or any injuries they may have sustained along with pictures of such injuries. Stage status, hunting, mating and breeding data will also need to be updated regularly on each profile.

Veterinary Treatment

Should one of the lions become injured or sick, you will assist the Lions Manager (or vet - delete) in treating the injury. If a vet is called in to assist, you may have the opportunity to help them during any treatment. At Antelope Park interns will also be involved in caring for the Park's resident elephants, horses, donkeys and mules.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Ap promo pics 057

At both Livingstone and Gweru placements interns can enjoy a fantastic variety of exciting activities including sundowner river boat cruises, game drives, elephant rides, horseback safaris, cultural tours, hiking and mountain biking, depending on your location. If you are an adventure lover you have come to the right place. If your placement is in Gweru you can take a weekend trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. For those in Livingstone, you will experience the Zambian side of this stunning World Heritage Site. Here you can whitewater raft, bungee jump, zip-line, abseil and kayak. There is also amazing wildlife to see in the area as you float down the Zambezi River on a boat cruise.

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Your project base

Your project base

About the Destination

Early starts are made much easier when you've got such natural beauty on your doorstep. There is something very special about waking up to the distant sound of lions roaring; your alarm clock at home will never be the same again. Regardless of which location you are placed for your African internship in animal management, you will stay in shared accommodation with fellow interns or with the project's volunteers. Your accommodation will be comfortable with shower and toilet facilities shared. You will be provided with 3 nutritious meals a day, which you will eat in the dining room or outside beneath the trees with fellow interns and volunteers. Whilst your work day will be full and rewarding, there will be plenty of amazing experiences and activities to enjoy during your time off. A lion walk through the bush is the perfect beginning or end to your day and will quickly become your favourite way to unwind. For full-on thrills, lion feeds are hard to beat. Night Encounters at Antelope Park offer another unique experience as you will come across wildlife night habits. With beautiful surrounds and magnificent wildlife, the enhancement of your resume seems to be just the cherry on top of this fantastic adventure.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Emma Townson

Interning has given me a greater understanding of what is involved on a day-to-day basis in running the project. So much work goes on behind the scenes, and it's been an eye-opener to work with Cara and see what happens "backstage". I've really enjoyed the responsibility I've been given; whether that's been monitoring meat stocks, daily health checks on the lions or helping out with the research and looking for changes in behaviour. For anyone considering an internship with ALERT, my advice would be DO IT! For me, it has been an incredible experience, but for anyone thinking of an animal management placement make sure you have a strong stomach; getting so hands-on with the lion's food can be a little nauseating. The staff are great and made me feel so welcome - as an intern you really are part of the team.

Emily Oppenheim

This project is truly a gift and there is nothing else like it in the world. I have gained not only knowledge but sincere appreciation for wild and vulnerable animals.

Torie Hilley

I interned with ALERT because of the hands on experience I was promised. The program was NOT a disappointment and I have gained the BEST experience anyone could ask for that a book or classroom could never achieve. Trying to describe what I did there is difficult to express in words. It was fantastic, memorable, challenging and emotional; it tested my limits. I learned to adapt and act in a second and acquired a true feel of what this kind of career would be like in a conservation program. The super nice and caring staff ensure that you are kept busy, but make sure you are enjoying your time. I gained knowledge in managing people and lion welfare and behaviour. I thank you with the utmost gratitude.

Emily Seidel

Arriving at Antelope Park was quite daunting at first, especially it being my first time in Africa, but the staff and other interns made me feel at ease and welcomed my seemingly never-ending questions. Once I got into the swing of things, I came to appreciate even the grossest activities! There is nothing quite like seeing a bachelor pride of seven big lions charge down their enclosure for a feed, or collecting data while the walking cubs chase each other around the African bush. The Intern Program had a lot of responsibility associated with it, but I know I learned much more from my internship than I would have if I only volunteered with ALERT. I sympathized so much with ALERT's approach to lion conservation that I'm interning for a second time, this time at the Livingstone project in Zambia I gained a lot of self-knowledge during my internship. I proved to myself that I can be capable of achieving my goals and that I can do whatever I want because I know I can. That even if I don't have all the resources, I can solve even the hardest problems, because that's what Africa shows you; just being the best of you. There was a day when we were putting some hormone implants in the lionesses and I was able to put an I.V. in a lion; that day I realized that even if I was so far away from home that was the most amazing thing I've ever done.

Viviana Hernandez del Castillo

I loved being with the cubs most hours of the day, watching them grow and becoming part of the pride. It was a very rewarding experience to know I was helping them become strong lions that will be helping to grow the African lion population one day. Bonding with them on a daily basis was an irreplaceable experience I will never forget. I absolutely loved the staff. Everyone was so friendly and fun, laughing all the time. I really felt like family living at Lion Encounter and I left a part of me there. I NEVER turn down a chance to show off my pictures and feel proud of those eight cubs I helped raise! I was even showing them to the lady I sat next to on the plane home. I gained my first experience and knowledge from lions interning at Lion Encounter. Seeing them in their element was such an unforgettable feeling and I will take all that I learned about lions and use it in my future positions as an animal professional. I also gained friends I could never forget nor replace. I miss them every day!

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Brochures

ALERT Animal Management Internship Brochure

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ALERT Animal Management Internship

Livingstone, Zambia and Antelope Park, Zimbabwe

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

Experience a true African adventure as you join our professional team to gain a deeper understanding of African lions, care for them and help facilitate their eventual release back into the wild.

Kengeke3
  • The ALERT Animal Management Program focuses on the day-to-day welfare, care and management of the lions in stage one of the (African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild.
  • You will be shadowing and assisting the projects' Lions Managers in all aspects of their work.
  • You're in a beautiful bush environment, your life is about conservation and furthering the program - and there's no better cure for a hard day's work than to catch up with the cubs and know you are contributing to their survival and future.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 8 weeks
Impacts Conservation & Environmental
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|

Detailed Project Pricing
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390

Project Start Dates

This internship is available all year round, with a minimum commitment of 8 weeks.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Feeding

Feeding

You will ensure the lions are fed the correct weight of meat on their feed days. This involves weighing the meat and confirming that each lion gets the correct amount. On days where there is a delivery of food, you will be asked to over-see the weighing-in of the meat and log details into the Meat Preparation book.

Behavioural enrichment

Behavioural Enrichment

Your duties may include creating toys from natural materials to encourage stalking and chasing, providing the lions with opportunities that promote species specific behaviours to assist their development

Enclosure cleaning

Enclosure Cleaning

Cleaning is carried out daily. Faeces and leftover bones are collected and disposed of. All water baths are emptied, scrubbed and re-filled to allow the lions access to fresh water.

Enclosure maintenance

Enclosure Maintenance

The condition of lion enclosures is monitored constantly and you will be asked to carry out work, including essential boundary repairs, to the highest standards.

Deticking and deworming

De-Ticking and De-Worming

This is managed on a regular basis. Since ticks attach themselves to any part of the lion and can easily spread disease, they need to be kept under control. It is for the same reason the lions are also de-wormed.

Computer Work

You will be asked to regularly update the lion's profiles and descriptions. This will include taking up to date pictures of each lion, documenting health issues such as when they were de-wormed, de-ticked and vaccinated or any injuries they may have sustained along with pictures of such injuries. Stage status, hunting, mating and breeding data will also need to be updated regularly on each profile.

Veterinary Treatment

Should one of the lions become injured or sick, you will assist the Lions Manager (or vet - delete) in treating the injury. If a vet is called in to assist, you may have the opportunity to help them during any treatment. At Antelope Park interns will also be involved in caring for the Park's resident elephants, horses, donkeys and mules.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Ap promo pics 057

At both Livingstone and Gweru placements interns can enjoy a fantastic variety of exciting activities including sundowner river boat cruises, game drives, elephant rides, horseback safaris, cultural tours, hiking and mountain biking, depending on your location. If you are an adventure lover you have come to the right place. If your placement is in Gweru you can take a weekend trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. For those in Livingstone, you will experience the Zambian side of this stunning World Heritage Site. Here you can whitewater raft, bungee jump, zip-line, abseil and kayak. There is also amazing wildlife to see in the area as you float down the Zambezi River on a boat cruise.

Back to Top

Your project base

Your project base

About the Destination

Early starts are made much easier when you've got such natural beauty on your doorstep. There is something very special about waking up to the distant sound of lions roaring; your alarm clock at home will never be the same again. Regardless of which location you are placed for your African internship in animal management, you will stay in shared accommodation with fellow interns or with the project's volunteers. Your accommodation will be comfortable with shower and toilet facilities shared. You will be provided with 3 nutritious meals a day, which you will eat in the dining room or outside beneath the trees with fellow interns and volunteers. Whilst your work day will be full and rewarding, there will be plenty of amazing experiences and activities to enjoy during your time off. A lion walk through the bush is the perfect beginning or end to your day and will quickly become your favourite way to unwind. For full-on thrills, lion feeds are hard to beat. Night Encounters at Antelope Park offer another unique experience as you will come across wildlife night habits. With beautiful surrounds and magnificent wildlife, the enhancement of your resume seems to be just the cherry on top of this fantastic adventure.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Emma Townson

Interning has given me a greater understanding of what is involved on a day-to-day basis in running the project. So much work goes on behind the scenes, and it's been an eye-opener to work with Cara and see what happens "backstage". I've really enjoyed the responsibility I've been given; whether that's been monitoring meat stocks, daily health checks on the lions or helping out with the research and looking for changes in behaviour. For anyone considering an internship with ALERT, my advice would be DO IT! For me, it has been an incredible experience, but for anyone thinking of an animal management placement make sure you have a strong stomach; getting so hands-on with the lion's food can be a little nauseating. The staff are great and made me feel so welcome - as an intern you really are part of the team.

Emily Oppenheim

This project is truly a gift and there is nothing else like it in the world. I have gained not only knowledge but sincere appreciation for wild and vulnerable animals.

Torie Hilley

I interned with ALERT because of the hands on experience I was promised. The program was NOT a disappointment and I have gained the BEST experience anyone could ask for that a book or classroom could never achieve. Trying to describe what I did there is difficult to express in words. It was fantastic, memorable, challenging and emotional; it tested my limits. I learned to adapt and act in a second and acquired a true feel of what this kind of career would be like in a conservation program. The super nice and caring staff ensure that you are kept busy, but make sure you are enjoying your time. I gained knowledge in managing people and lion welfare and behaviour. I thank you with the utmost gratitude.

Emily Seidel

Arriving at Antelope Park was quite daunting at first, especially it being my first time in Africa, but the staff and other interns made me feel at ease and welcomed my seemingly never-ending questions. Once I got into the swing of things, I came to appreciate even the grossest activities! There is nothing quite like seeing a bachelor pride of seven big lions charge down their enclosure for a feed, or collecting data while the walking cubs chase each other around the African bush. The Intern Program had a lot of responsibility associated with it, but I know I learned much more from my internship than I would have if I only volunteered with ALERT. I sympathized so much with ALERT's approach to lion conservation that I'm interning for a second time, this time at the Livingstone project in Zambia I gained a lot of self-knowledge during my internship. I proved to myself that I can be capable of achieving my goals and that I can do whatever I want because I know I can. That even if I don't have all the resources, I can solve even the hardest problems, because that's what Africa shows you; just being the best of you. There was a day when we were putting some hormone implants in the lionesses and I was able to put an I.V. in a lion; that day I realized that even if I was so far away from home that was the most amazing thing I've ever done.

Viviana Hernandez del Castillo

I loved being with the cubs most hours of the day, watching them grow and becoming part of the pride. It was a very rewarding experience to know I was helping them become strong lions that will be helping to grow the African lion population one day. Bonding with them on a daily basis was an irreplaceable experience I will never forget. I absolutely loved the staff. Everyone was so friendly and fun, laughing all the time. I really felt like family living at Lion Encounter and I left a part of me there. I NEVER turn down a chance to show off my pictures and feel proud of those eight cubs I helped raise! I was even showing them to the lady I sat next to on the plane home. I gained my first experience and knowledge from lions interning at Lion Encounter. Seeing them in their element was such an unforgettable feeling and I will take all that I learned about lions and use it in my future positions as an animal professional. I also gained friends I could never forget nor replace. I miss them every day!

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ALERT Animal Management Internship Brochure

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