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ALERT Wildlife Conservation Research Internship

Livingstone, Zambia, Antelope Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Working closely with ALERT’s experienced research team, you will be involved in the collection and analysis of data for our wide-ranging wildlife and environmental conservation programs - everything from play behaviour in lion cubs and hyena monitoring, to the study of insects and vegetation. Spending your day in a cramped research vehicle may not be glamorous, but you be well rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.

Micub

A critical part of the work of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is the research we undertake at all our project sites. Interns will work closely with our research team on the collection and analysis of data, as well as being actively involved in the creation of new studies, monitoring existing ones, and creating reports that reflect the progress of each research program.

One focus of the Wildlife Conservation Research internship is collecting data on the lions in the release stages of the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program. Projects vary from site to site, but you may also be involved in research in other areas of the ALERT’s work, such as large predator studies, entomology, land management and husbandry practices, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and behavioural research on our stage one cubs.

Whatever you choose to research with us, it’s not glamorous! Much of your day may be spent in cramped conditions within a research vehicle, but to reward your patience and dedication, you will get to spend your days in the company of some of Africa’s most magnificent species.  

Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 8 weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|

Detailed Project Pricing

Project Start Dates

You can join this internship for 8 weeks or longer and the program starts all year round.

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

Lionresearch

Throughout their stay, interns will shadow and assist ALERT’s Research Technicians in all aspects of their work, which could include:

Behavioural observation of lions in stage two of ALERT’s African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program to collect data on group dynamics and social interactions, territorial behaviours and hunting skills. 

Observation of play behaviour in younger cubs - ankle-tapping, stalking, chasing and fighting; all needed for the development of successful hunting skills. By observing our stage one lions engaging in various forms of play, we can establish if they are behaving in a similar way to those growing up in the wild.

The Zambezi National Park Hyena Project to monitor spotted hyena populations and collect data on population size, dynamics, recruitment, home-range, prey preference and contact with livestock, as well as the interaction between the species and wild lions.

Predator surveys to inform species conservation management plans through studies to determine distribution and behaviour. As human-wildlife conflict (HWC) issues are widespread across Africa, data collection is also carried out to assist with on-going mitigation methods.

Biodiversity studies to monitor the diversity of wildlife within Africa’s national parks. Data is collected to help calculate species density and abundance, so that sound conservation management plans can be developed and implemented to safeguard biodiversity loss.

Forest management programs to study how communities are interacting with their environment in order to reduce rampant deforestation, which is having a negative effect on biodiversity and food security.

Biological monitoring programs to identify and understand vegetation types; crucial for effective habitat management and the eradication of destructive Invasive alien plant species (IAPS).

Entomology surveys to determine species richness and functional diversity with the aim of achieving and maintaining healthy ecosystems. As a dominant force in the biodiversity of forest fauna, the need to take insects into account when managing natural ecosystems cannot be overemphasised.

Of course all this data needs to be inputted, so some data entry is a necessary part of the role of a Wildlife Conservation Research intern.

Please be aware that Research programs vary from site to site, some operate at certain times of year only and all are subject to change.

If you are looking to use data collected during your stay at the program for a university course or thesis, please refer to ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program instead.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Adventure activities

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

You’ll be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River, so you are ideally situated to enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or micro-light flights over the falls.

Wildlife

WILDLIFE

You’ll be surrounded by spectacular wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and can enjoy numerous safari game drives, walks and even go on a horseback or elephant safari.

Things to do in your spare time

THINGS TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME

At both Livingstone, Victoria Falls 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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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

Jo Briffitt, UK

‘I felt very much part of the research team and enjoyed working with them. Everyone’s ideas were always considered and discussed and I felt I could contribute to improving data collection and recording methods. I felt that my skills enabled me to quickly get involved with the research and I felt confident in doing so. The data I assisted in collecting will be of good use to ALERT and the future of the lions there. In addition to this, the elephant and tree surveys were good to be a part of as, once completed, will benefit the wider area and community.

Highlights of my internship included meeting such amazing people, seeing Victoria Falls and getting so close to such incredible animals; not only lions but wild elephant and hippo. Overall, the biggest highlight was finally achieving my dreams of working with ALERT and its incredible lions. It was very good to put into practice everything I have learnt from university and have taught myself about lion behaviour so it benefitted me greatly. I feel I have gained everything I wanted to out of this Internship and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.’

Alexander Cloonan, USA

'Following my training in observing lions, it was clear that conservation biology centred around the African lion was a career I wish to pursue. Every moment spent observing one of the most magnificent animals on Earth was a highlight. Although you never make contact with the release pride, you see the bonds forming between pride members and the struggles internally when witnessing conflict amongst them as well.

This internship has given me confidence to make a plan and carry it out, the wisdom to understand the limitations of each project and an indescribable amount of happiness knowing that I have been able to partake in an ongoing effort to restore Zimbabwe’s ecological status.’ 

Shelby Matevich, USA

I learned a lot about the type of research done with lions and elephants and what kind of information is important to gather. I found this very valuable. I was particularly interested in this program because I wanted to have research experience before applying to graduate schools. The type of research I assisted with is exactly the experience I needed. I feel very fortunate to have been welcomed here to do it.’

Lorna Harvey, UK

‘Going into Stage Two several times a day seeing the dynamics of the pride change throughout the months and being able to watch kills and many chases was a privilege. I gained a lot of research experience and was able to identify lions by the smallest of features on their bodies or how they walk. Being able to observe and interpret behaviour is a massive addition to my experience, especially in the unique situation of Stage Two. All the experience I have gained has enabled me to apply successfully for a Master’s Degree and I aim to give back as much as I can to ALERT as a thank you for the opportunity and all they have given me.’

Holly Pennington

'Becoming a Wildlife Conservation Research Intern with ALERT has been the most real and fulfilling thing I have ever done with my life.  I have spent every day with lions ranging from four weeks old to 16 years old and, due to this, I have got to know personalities and characteristics of individual lions, as well as social hierarchies within enclosures and the Ngamo release site.  I've collected a wide range of data including social, behavioural and hunting data, along with mane assessments and group dynamics.  The experience of being an intern through ALERT has left marks on my memory, on my consciousness and on my heart.  I've taken so much experience and knowledge home with me and hopefully I have left something good in return.'

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ALERT Wildlife Conservation Research Internship

Livingstone, Zambia, Antelope Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

Working closely with ALERT’s experienced research team, you will be involved in the collection and analysis of data for our wide-ranging wildlife and environmental conservation programs - everything from play behaviour in lion cubs and hyena monitoring, to the study of insects and vegetation. Spending your day in a cramped research vehicle may not be glamorous, but you be well rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.

Micub

A critical part of the work of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is the research we undertake at all our project sites. Interns will work closely with our research team on the collection and analysis of data, as well as being actively involved in the creation of new studies, monitoring existing ones, and creating reports that reflect the progress of each research program.

One focus of the Wildlife Conservation Research internship is collecting data on the lions in the release stages of the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program. Projects vary from site to site, but you may also be involved in research in other areas of the ALERT’s work, such as large predator studies, entomology, land management and husbandry practices, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and behavioural research on our stage one cubs.

Whatever you choose to research with us, it’s not glamorous! Much of your day may be spent in cramped conditions within a research vehicle, but to reward your patience and dedication, you will get to spend your days in the company of some of Africa’s most magnificent species.  

Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 8 weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|

Detailed Project Pricing

Project Start Dates

You can join this internship for 8 weeks or longer and the program starts all year round.

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

Lionresearch

Throughout their stay, interns will shadow and assist ALERT’s Research Technicians in all aspects of their work, which could include:

Behavioural observation of lions in stage two of ALERT’s African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program to collect data on group dynamics and social interactions, territorial behaviours and hunting skills. 

Observation of play behaviour in younger cubs - ankle-tapping, stalking, chasing and fighting; all needed for the development of successful hunting skills. By observing our stage one lions engaging in various forms of play, we can establish if they are behaving in a similar way to those growing up in the wild.

The Zambezi National Park Hyena Project to monitor spotted hyena populations and collect data on population size, dynamics, recruitment, home-range, prey preference and contact with livestock, as well as the interaction between the species and wild lions.

Predator surveys to inform species conservation management plans through studies to determine distribution and behaviour. As human-wildlife conflict (HWC) issues are widespread across Africa, data collection is also carried out to assist with on-going mitigation methods.

Biodiversity studies to monitor the diversity of wildlife within Africa’s national parks. Data is collected to help calculate species density and abundance, so that sound conservation management plans can be developed and implemented to safeguard biodiversity loss.

Forest management programs to study how communities are interacting with their environment in order to reduce rampant deforestation, which is having a negative effect on biodiversity and food security.

Biological monitoring programs to identify and understand vegetation types; crucial for effective habitat management and the eradication of destructive Invasive alien plant species (IAPS).

Entomology surveys to determine species richness and functional diversity with the aim of achieving and maintaining healthy ecosystems. As a dominant force in the biodiversity of forest fauna, the need to take insects into account when managing natural ecosystems cannot be overemphasised.

Of course all this data needs to be inputted, so some data entry is a necessary part of the role of a Wildlife Conservation Research intern.

Please be aware that Research programs vary from site to site, some operate at certain times of year only and all are subject to change.

If you are looking to use data collected during your stay at the program for a university course or thesis, please refer to ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program instead.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Adventure activities

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

You’ll be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River, so you are ideally situated to enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or micro-light flights over the falls.

Wildlife

WILDLIFE

You’ll be surrounded by spectacular wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and can enjoy numerous safari game drives, walks and even go on a horseback or elephant safari.

Things to do in your spare time

THINGS TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME

At both Livingstone, Victoria Falls 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

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

Jo Briffitt, UK

‘I felt very much part of the research team and enjoyed working with them. Everyone’s ideas were always considered and discussed and I felt I could contribute to improving data collection and recording methods. I felt that my skills enabled me to quickly get involved with the research and I felt confident in doing so. The data I assisted in collecting will be of good use to ALERT and the future of the lions there. In addition to this, the elephant and tree surveys were good to be a part of as, once completed, will benefit the wider area and community.

Highlights of my internship included meeting such amazing people, seeing Victoria Falls and getting so close to such incredible animals; not only lions but wild elephant and hippo. Overall, the biggest highlight was finally achieving my dreams of working with ALERT and its incredible lions. It was very good to put into practice everything I have learnt from university and have taught myself about lion behaviour so it benefitted me greatly. I feel I have gained everything I wanted to out of this Internship and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.’

Alexander Cloonan, USA

'Following my training in observing lions, it was clear that conservation biology centred around the African lion was a career I wish to pursue. Every moment spent observing one of the most magnificent animals on Earth was a highlight. Although you never make contact with the release pride, you see the bonds forming between pride members and the struggles internally when witnessing conflict amongst them as well.

This internship has given me confidence to make a plan and carry it out, the wisdom to understand the limitations of each project and an indescribable amount of happiness knowing that I have been able to partake in an ongoing effort to restore Zimbabwe’s ecological status.’ 

Shelby Matevich, USA

I learned a lot about the type of research done with lions and elephants and what kind of information is important to gather. I found this very valuable. I was particularly interested in this program because I wanted to have research experience before applying to graduate schools. The type of research I assisted with is exactly the experience I needed. I feel very fortunate to have been welcomed here to do it.’

Lorna Harvey, UK

‘Going into Stage Two several times a day seeing the dynamics of the pride change throughout the months and being able to watch kills and many chases was a privilege. I gained a lot of research experience and was able to identify lions by the smallest of features on their bodies or how they walk. Being able to observe and interpret behaviour is a massive addition to my experience, especially in the unique situation of Stage Two. All the experience I have gained has enabled me to apply successfully for a Master’s Degree and I aim to give back as much as I can to ALERT as a thank you for the opportunity and all they have given me.’

Holly Pennington

'Becoming a Wildlife Conservation Research Intern with ALERT has been the most real and fulfilling thing I have ever done with my life.  I have spent every day with lions ranging from four weeks old to 16 years old and, due to this, I have got to know personalities and characteristics of individual lions, as well as social hierarchies within enclosures and the Ngamo release site.  I've collected a wide range of data including social, behavioural and hunting data, along with mane assessments and group dynamics.  The experience of being an intern through ALERT has left marks on my memory, on my consciousness and on my heart.  I've taken so much experience and knowledge home with me and hopefully I have left something good in return.'

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