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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS IN AFRICA

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY & CONSERVATION

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
Hoedspruit Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Guided and tutored by a professional photographer, gain practical experience in wildlife photography while contributing to the conservation of South A ...

AFRICAN BIG 5 & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
Hoedspruit Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join our field guides and wildlife conservation research team in the most beautiful game reserves in the Greater Kruger Area for the ultimate African ...

BIG CAT WILDLIFE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION

Maasai Mara, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join our team on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya for a rare chance to conduct wildlife research on 3 of Africa’s most iconic b ...

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION: RESCUE AND RELEASE

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa
Hoedspruit Airport
Impact: Animal Care
Join our rescue and release team at a wildlife rehabilitation center in South Africa where we care for rescued, injured, and lost wildlife. A growing ...

WILDLIFE VETERINARY ASSISTANCE

Garden Route, South Africa
Cape Town International Airport
Impact: Animal Care
Get hands-on, incomparable experience in all facets of wildlife capture and wildlife veterinary procedures in beautiful South Africa. If you wish to l ...

HORSE RIDING AND HANDS-ON RHINO & ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
As a volunteer, you will contribute to the running of an African conservancy from horseback and get involved in first-hand care of endangered rhinos a ...

ENDANGERED BLACK RHINO & ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Our volunteer program at Imire is for people passionate about conservation, who want to contribute their efforts to save some of Africa's most iconi ...

EXPEDITION: RE-WILD THE DESERT

Namibia
Upington Airport
Impact: Wildlife Conservation
Join this pioneering wildlife conservation initiative with Oana Namibia and help turn old withered land into a place where endangered species can thri ...
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS IN AFRICA

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
Animal1940s2010s% Decline
Rhino70,0002,50096%
Leopard2,000,000700,00065%
Lion200,00020,00090%
Elephant4,000,000500,00088%
Cheetah90,00010,00088%

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 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.

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 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:

  • 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 above.