Facilitated Research Program For Students – Victoria Falls, Zambia

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking to carry out research for your university thesis, this program offers you unique opportunities for study in Africa. You will contribute to the conservation of the African lion at our project base in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia. Have the study adventure of a lifetime as you live and work just a short distance away from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls.

The vision of our partners in this project, the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), is to ensure that viable populations of African lions are maintained as an integral part of functional ecosystems. They are dedicated to a multi-disciplinary approach for the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion and the ecosystems on which the species relies. Through your studies, you can be involved in our multi-disciplinary approach to conservation.

Volunteer Reviews

“I have always had the desire for a career in behavioural science of African carnivores, in particular the African lion. After years of research, I determined that ALERT was the best program where I could contribute positively to the species conservation and further develop my research techniques. My time with ALERT provided me with invaluable experiences and has encouraged me further to pursue a career in this field. If you are passionate about African lion conservation and want to make a contribution, no matter how small, ALERT is the place to start.”

Emma Dunston, PHD, Charles Sturt University, Australia

“It has been a dream and life-long ambition for me to work with lions in the African bush. Even before starting my post-grad I knew I wanted to conduct my own lion behavioural study, so when I was told about ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program, I was over the moon. I was lucky enough to carry out my study on three groups of cubs at the project, and spent numerous cherished hours with them. The data I collected was invaluable; nowhere else would I have had access to such important raw behavioural data.”

Hannah Rae Kokes, MSC, Manchester Metroplitan University


Dates & Rates

About the Destination

During your research placement, you will be staying at our Livingstone project base in purpose-built accommodation that is shared with other students, interns and project volunteers. It is basic, but very comfortable and well suited to your needs. Toilet and shower facilities are shared and mosquito nets are provided in all rooms. Only a 10-minute drive from the centre of Livingstone, getting into town on a day off or for an evening is easy.

Our offices are located in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a stone’s throw away from the Zambezi River, in the heart of pristine African bush. Just north of the park is another ALERT project site, known as the Dambwa Forest; an indigenous forest with undulating open savannah grasslands. A managed ecosystem has been created within the forest into which a pride of lions has been released as part of the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, so studying here gives you a unique opportunity to explore this incredible sight, as well as enjoy the adventure activities on offer! This includes bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and even helicopter rides over the falls!

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