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 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