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.