Lion Conservation Volunteering

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Lion Conservation is at the heart of what we offer at African Impact. It was at Antelope Park were we were founded, alongside our partner ALERT (African Lion and Environmental Research Trust), which manages our Lion Conservation. ALERT are at the forefront at Antelope Park, of the innovative world-first lion release program, that hopes to pause the decline of incredible African lions in the wild. ALERT was implemented as a solution to the dwindling number of Lions in Africa. Lions have now disappeared from as many as 16 African Nations, with a 42% decline in the past 21 years alone, since being declare vulnerable in 1996.

The decrease in the Lion population is due to:

  • Loss in Habitat
  • Loss in Prey
  • Human Conflict
  • Disease and Inbreeding
  • How has the Lion Population Decreased?

  • 40 years ago, there were 200,000 lions across Africa. Now, there are as few as 32,000.
  • In 1800: 1 Lion per 833 Humans
  • In 2015: 1 Lion per 460,000-520,000 Humans
  • However, its’ not all doom and gloom, as studies show that there has been a rise of 11% in Lion population in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. This is very encouraging and suggests that conservation effort are successfully improving the current situation. We currently have 2 prides of captive lions. One in Zambia and one in Zimbabwe. These lions raise their own cubs, free from any form of human interaction or interference. This is just the start of what is yet to come. The work that ALERT carry out is outstanding and has the potential to develop further across the whole of Africa.

    Our volunteers are so important in moving us closer towards a making a huge difference. Volunteers are fully immersed into conservation. Activities range from cub walks, where the cubs are free to roam the bush, putting their natural instincts into action; to lion feedings and enclosure cleaning. Volunteers take our work further by educating the local community on the importance of conservation, which is critical in order to successfully carry out our work.

    Why do we support Lion conservation?

    The presence of Lions in Africa is absolutely essential for many reasons:

  • Africa’s fragile ecosystems: Lions are so important in the food chain. They help too regulate the number of more dominant herbivore species, such as zebra and buffalo. Without Lions, these species are at risk of out-competing each other, which could lead to their extinction.
  • Tourism: Wildlife provide a major boost to African economies and lions continue to be the biggest attraction.  Many of Africa’s most vulnerable communities rely heavily on the money brought in by tourists and would suffer if lions were no longer part of the safari experience for visitors.
  • Symbolic Importance: Lions are portrayed as “King of Beasts.” They are magnificent and iconic, way beyond Africa. They symbolise such power and inspiration.
  • If you want to get involved with helping us make an impact…check out our Lion Conservation projects below!

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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 its kind in the world. Become a member of the pride as you walk alongside the cats, learning about lion behavior and carrying out key research.

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    FROM £ 1427 | US$ 2597

    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 £ 1,264 | US$ 2,272

    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 £ 1,264 I US$ 2,311

    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 £ 1,102 | US$ 2,031

    ALERT Conservation Internships

    The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust runs projects in both Zambia and Zimbabwe and offer interns the opportunity to make a lasting difference by participating in a number of exciting conservation internships.

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    FROM £ 1102 | US$ 2031