Wildlife Conservation Volunteering

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Africa is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and magnificent wildlife, yet it is under danger.

  • Within the last 35 years, there has been an 85% decline in Africa’s wildlife.
  • In 2017 alone, 1,028 rhinos were poached in South Africa.
  • Lion populations have declined by up to 43% in the last 21 years, with less than 20,000 remaining in the wild.

 

As a wildlife conservation volunteer with African Impact, you will understand, first-hand, the importance of conservation within the context of the country you visit and get the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Volunteers will be fully engaged in conservation efforts that include data collection, research, physical conservation, conservation education, well as the monitoring and studying of wild animals in their natural environment.

 

Why is wildlife conservation so important?

  1. Aside from wanting to ensure future generations can experience the same wonders we can, conservation is vital to ensuring healthy and functioning ecosystems. The relationship between organisms of all sizes (from a tiny bee to the tallest giraffe) is delicate and forms the basis of the food chain. Any loss, or increase for that matter, of a species, can disrupt the food chain and destroy healthy and functioning eco-systems.
  2. The health of Africa’s wildlife also has a direct effect on the economies of countries who rely on wildlife tourism. In Kenya, for example, communities living within the Masai Mara National Reserve rely on the income provided from tourism. Tourism increases job opportunities, which in turn provides an income for a family. If big cats suddenly disappeared from the Masai Mara Reserve, fewer tourists would visit which would mean fewer guiding jobs and opportunities for local people.
  3. Human disruption to wildlife, such as rapid population growth which has resulted habitat loss for animals, means we have reached a point where our eco-systems needs to be managed. National parks, protected areas and private game reserves are required to manage their wildlife and implement different conservation techniques to ensure a sustainable future for their animals where people and wildlife can live peacefully side-by-side.

 

This is where our wildlife conservation volunteers step in. In South Africa and Kenya, our volunteers collect data on wild animals that feeds into wider conservation initiatives and forms the basis of information used to make informed conservation decisions. In Zambia and Zimbabwe, we are working to reduce human-wildlife conflict and promote the peaceful existence of animals and humans. Across all of our projects we are getting involved in physical conservation to ensure the surrounding ecosystems are healthy for wild animals.

 

This work, alongside that of other inspiring conservation initiatives across Africa is being felt and we are beginning to see improvements:

  • There has been a 7% elephant population increase per year due to conservation efforts across Southern Africa
  • There has been an 11% increase in the population of lions in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, where our lion conservation projects are located.

 

So, whether you join us in Zanzibar and work towards the preservation of the island’s resident dolphin populations, help to research the Ngamo Pride on our Hands-on Lion Conservation Project in Zimbabwe (ahead of the world’s-first lion release), or join our team in the heart of the South African bush to monitor the ‘Big 5’, you will help African Impact’s efforts to preserve and protect wild animals.

 

Your choice of destinations includes:

  • Antelope Park, Zimbabwe
  • Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
  • Masai Mara – Kenya
  • Victoria Falls – Zambia
  • Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

If you are passionate about animal conservation and want to help secure a future for Africa’s magnificent wildlife, check out our wildlife conservation and research volunteer 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

Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Orphan Care

Get involved in the day-to-day running of one of the largest sanctuaries for chimpanzees in the world, Chimfunshi, once called ‘the most wonderful place on earth’ by Jane Goodall. Care for the rescued chimpanzees while living in the true African wilderness of northern Zambia!

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FROM USD 2122 | GBP 1199

Dolphin Research & Marine Conservation, Zanzibar

Travel to the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar and assist with researching dolphins in their natural habitat, study the impacts of tourism on dolphin behaviour and discover a new underwater world collecting data on coral reefs.

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FROM £1199 | US$2304

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

Big 5 Wildlife Research & Youth Empowerment

Volunteer in the world-famous Greater Kruger Area on this combination project and work with underprivileged children in the local community, as well as conduct research on Africa’s Big 5 in the surrounding game reserves.

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FROM £ 1134 | US$ 2077