Africa is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and magnificent wildlife, yet it is under threat.
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.
Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2016
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.
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.
Human disruption to wildlife, such as rapid population growth which has resulted in habitat loss for animals, means we have reached a point where our eco-systems need 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 feed 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:
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.
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 above.