Lion & Big Cat Conservation

Volunteering & working with lions & big cats

Volunteering with lions and big cat conservation projects are perfect for anybody who has a passion for the wild and a desire to help conserve lions and other big cats – including tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and more – in their natural habitats. Volunteering with lions on your gap year gives you the opportunity to help animals at risk of extinction, while also observing their behaviour on safari and assisting the local community in forging a plan to live peacefully alongside big cats.

Lion and big cat conservation volunteers will experience varied days and take on numerous different tasks as required. This might include research, monitoring, data collection, feeding cubs, enclosure cleaning, enclosure maintenance, and more. You may even have the chance to shadow veterinary professionals to learn more about administering medical care to lions and other big cats. Most big cat volunteering projects can be found in Africa, South America and South East Asia.

Volunteering with lions and other big cats is something you will never forget, and great if you are considering a career in the veterinary field. If it sounds like you can make it a roaring success, take a look at some of the opportunities below.

Volunteer projects working with lions and big cats


Carnivore Conservation in Namibia

from £1075

16 days


Assist the team with data collection to help with research on cheetah and leopard releases in the stunning Namib Desert.

African Wildlife Photography and Conservation Project

from £2090

28 - 56 days

South Africa

This Wildlife Photography and Conservation project is based in the world renowned Greater Kruger Area - famous for the Big...

Wildlife Care & Rehabilitation

from £1

14 - 90 days

Care for and help rescued, injured and orphaned African wildlife and give them a second chance in life.

Large Carnivore Conservation, Namibia

from £1190

2 - 12 days


The human-wildlife conflict is one of the biggest threats to Namibia’s wildlife. This project aims to mitigate the conflict by...

African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

from £1264

14 - 84 days

South Africa

As a volunteer in the Greater Kruger area in South Africa, you will experience Africa's amazing wildlife through research drives...

Volunteer with Lions and Tigers and Other Big Cats in Africa

from £1795

28 - 84 days

South Africa

Volunteer with big cats in South Africa at a leading sanctuary. Care for lions, tigers, cheetah, leopards and more!

Namibian Wildlife Sanctuary

from £775

15 - 85 days


Come and join this fantastic project in the heart of Namibia and get up close and personal with some of...

Caribbean Wildlife Centre

from £895

14 - 28 days


Volunteer to care for over 175 native animals including jaguars, tapirs, howler monkeys and many more species!

Big 5 Conservation

from £995

14 - 84 days

South Africa

Research lion, elephant and rhino populations and contributing to the conservation and management of a game reserve in South Africa.

Social Impact Experience

from £978

14 - 28 days

South Africa

On this part-time home stay experience in Cape Town, you will be faced with the daily challenges, but will find...


Uluru Adventure ex Yulara (Basix)

from £335

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Outback to the Top End–Adelaide to Darwin

from £1199

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Lima to Rio

from £5426

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from £849

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from £1007

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from £892

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from £535

Hit the open roads of California and Nevada. On the way from San Francisco to Las Vegas, wind through the...

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