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


African Wildlife Orphanage

from £1520

14 - 84 days


Volunteer at an African Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe to care for wild animals that have been injured, abandoned or orphaned.

Carnivore Conservation and Research in Kanaan

from £860

17 - 17 days


Join this amazing conservation project and help to protect Namibia's carnivores from the threat of human-wildlife conflict in the beautiful...

The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

from £1306

15 - 85 days

Become a volunteer at the world-renowned Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and make a difference to animal conservation efforts in Malawi!

Caribbean Wildlife Centre

from £895

14 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.

Kariega ‘Big 5’ Conservation Experience

from £475

8 - 85 days

South Africa

This phenomenal conservation project gives you the once in a lifetime chance to volunteer with the 'Big Five' and help...

Amakhala Volunteer Project

from £805

15 - 57 days

South Africa

Volunteer in incredible South Africa on this 'Big 5' game reserve and help to protect and reintroduce an abundance of...

Big 5 Conservation Experience in South Africa

from £935

14 - 84 days

South Africa

Witness South Africa's fabulous 'Big 5' whilst helping to protect flora and fauna on this beautiful game reserve. Work alongside...

Veterinary Experience South Africa

from £1090

14 - 28 days

South Africa

Gain veterinary experience on a Big 5 game reserve in South Africa, closely shadowing the reserve experts and helping out...

Wildlife Care & Rehabilitation

from £1,450

14 - 90 days

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

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