Wildlife and travel go hand in hand.There are wildlife and travel opportunities in most continents around the world however most focus on Asian, South American, African and Australasian countries. Wildlife and travel projects focus on preserving species that are threatened or endangered from habitat loss, logging and other illegal activities.
They also create new and innovative ways to teach the local community about the benefits of ongoing conservation and try to enforce effective plans for the future to protect the wildlife. These types of projects generally take the interest of gappers who work or study in the fields of eco-science or veterinary science however majority of these programmes do not require any specific training.
Now you know you want to protect the wildlife, how do you go about it? There are thousands of wildlife conservation projects out there unashamedly shouting out for help. If you need a little more help deciding where to go and what project to spend your valuable gap year time on then explore our wildlife and travel advice section. From African safaris to whale watching in The Azores, there are loads of advice articles there to help you make the right decision.
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On an incredible gap year to South Africa, James Cook worked as Conservation Game Ranger to get closer to the action and the wildlife of the South African outback.
When John was about 10, he read an article about the incredibly rare mountain gorillas of central Africa, later inspiring him to go trekking in Northern Rwanda to see them.
Anita wanted something incredible to do on her gap year so volunteered in Peru and South Africa with Projects Abroad. It was one of the best things she's ever done. Read all about it!
In this article, Chloë Hunt talks about the importance of marine conservation and how volunteers really need to make sure that they're contributing to the environment.