Lion Conservation Volunteering

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Our lion conservation projects are managed in partnership with ALERT (African Lion and Environmental Research Trust) and Lion Encounter. Since 1975 Africa has lost 80-90% of its Lion population and their numbers continue to fall. A report published at the end of 2012 estimated the number of lions in Africa to be as low as 32,000 which is alarming when you consider that 40 years ago Africa was home to over 200,000 lions.
Volunteers on our lion projects are involved in ALERT’s ground-breaking lion release into the wild program, which is a responsible development approach dedicated to the conservation of lions in Africa. Activities will include taking lion cubs out into the bush where they can hone their natural instincts and skills, lion feeding, enclosure cleaning, conservation education in local communities and conducting research.
To date two prides of captive-born lions (one pride in Zambia, one in Zimbabwe) have successfully been released into fenced areas where they can sustain themselves and function as a stable and coherent pride. These captive-born lions are now raising their own cubs, independent of any human intervention. With continued funding and global support we can secure more release sites and grow this program to help conserve the legacy of lions in Africa.

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Hands-On Lion Conservation, Antelope Park

Travel to the heart of the Zimbabwean bush to volunteer on a project to protect the future of Africa’s lions; the only program of it's kind in the world. Become a member of the pride as you walk alongside the cats, learning about lion behaviour and carrying out key research.

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FROM £ 1297 | € 1687 | US$ 2369 | AU$ 2853

African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation, South Africa

Join our research team on game drives in the Greater Kruger Area, a wildlife hotspot in South Africa. Monitor and study the African Big 5 (leopard, rhino, lion, buffalo and elephant) and assist local wildlife foundations with the protection of endangered species.

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FROM £ 1199 | € 1557 | US$ 2109 | AU$ 2503

Big Cat Wildlife Research & Conservation, Masai Mara

Big Cat volunteers support our conservation efforts in the Naboisho Conservancy, which borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. You will actively monitor big cats and other wildlife whilst conducting important research that contributes to long-term park and animal management plans.

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FROM £1199 | €1557 | US$2142 | AU$2567

Lions, Conservation and Community – Victoria Falls, Zambia

Contribute to the conservation of the iconic African lion on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. You'll also play your part in a variety of conservation projects, including wild elephant-human conflict research whilst working closely with the local communities of Livingstone and Victoria Falls.

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FROM £ 1037 | € 1362 | US$ 1914 | AU$ 2281

Christmas Volunteering – Antelope Park, Zimbabwe

Celebrate this holiday season in the heart of the Zimbabwean bush. Give back to the communities and assist with holiday parties at the local schools, while also participating in the first lion conservation program of its kind in Africa. Where else in the world!

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FROM £1297 | €1687 | US$2369 | AU$2853

Christmas Volunteering – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Celebrate this holiday season at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! Get a unique opportunity to walk with young lions in their natural habitat and at the same time, track, monitor and collect data on large predators and other wildlife in one of the world’s largest conservation areas.

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FROM £1167 | €1524 | US$2142 | AU$2567

Christmas Volunteering – Livingstone, Zambia

Give back this holiday season and contribute to the conservation of the African lion in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, at Victoria Falls! Play your part in a variety of conservation projects, including wild elephant-human conflict research, whilst working closely with local communities.

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FROM £1037 | €1362 | US$1914 | AU$2281