Wildlife Conservation Projects

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

  • 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.

Decline of Animal Populations in Africa

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Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2016

The Importance of Wildlife Conservation in Africa

1. Healthy & Functioning Ecosystems

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. Wildlife Tourism, Economies & Jobs

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. Sustainable Future for Wildlife & Grounding African Population

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.

How Wildlife Conservation Volunteers Can Help

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. 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

Personal highlights from our projects last year include:

  • 887 hours spent on physical conservation in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa
  • 15 new cheetahs spotted in the Masai Mara, Kenya
  • 5 new leopards spotted in Masai Mara, Kenya
  • 249 monitoring and data collection sessions undertaken on dolphin behavior in Zanzibar

African Impact offers 70+ projects throughout Southern Africa. Each of these projects is built around a pioneering effort to serve a specific need in a local community or environment. We prioritize sustainable outcomes through ethical contributions. Whether you want to volunteer in Africa with animals, join us in Zanzibar and work towards the preservation of the island’s resident dolphin population, or join our team in the heart of the South African bush to photograph the Big 5, you will help African Impact’s efforts to preserve and protect wild animals.

Your Choice of Destinations Includes:

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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FROM US$ 2345

African Big 5 & Wildlife Conservation

LocationSouth Africa

Duration2 - 12 weeks

ImpactWildlife Conservation

Research and protect the 'Big 5' - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo - on this award-winning wildlife conservation volunteer program in South Africa.

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FROM US$ 2435

Big Cat Wildlife Research & Conservation


Duration2 - 12 weeks

ImpactWildlife Conservation

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Kenya as you conduct wildlife research on Africa’s big cats that contributes to long term wildlife conservation.

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FROM US$ 1415

Wildlife Sanctuary: Rescue and Release

LocationSouth Africa

Duration2 - 12 weeks

ImpactAnimal Care

Join our rescue and release team at a wildlife rehabilitation center in South Africa where we care for and rehabilitate rescued, injured, and lost wildlife.

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FROM US$ 2795

Dolphin Research & Marine Conservation, Zanzibar


Duration10 days - 12 weeks

ImpactMarine Conservation

Dolphin and marine conservation is at critical levels in this fragile ecosystem in Zanzibar. Assist with researching wild dolphins and study the impact of tourism on their behavior, all the while collecting data on coral reefs and the many species that rely on them as well as the purity of the water and global climate problems.

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FROM US$ 1495

Family Group Volunteering




If you've been dreaming about an African adventure holiday with your family, let us put together a magical, unique volunteering trip.

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FROM £ 795

Lemur Conservation, Madagascar

LocationSaint Luce

Duration2 - 10 weeks

ImpactWildlife Conservation

Help preserve part of the last remaining coastal forest, where endangered lemur, reptile and amphibian populations are dwindling fast.

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