Lion and big cat conservation projects are perfect for those who have a passion for the wild and a desire to conserve lions and other big cats in their natural habitats. Volunteer with lions on your gap year and you could help these animals who are at risk of extinction, observe their behaviour whilst on safari and assist the local community; educating them on how to live peacefully together.
Lion and big cat conservation volunteers will work varied days taking on different tasks as required. This might include data collection, research, monitoring, feeding the cubs, enclosure cleaning, enclosure maintenance and more. Most volunteers can expect to work long hours on a Monday–Friday working week with weekends off to explore the local area. Some projects however ask for a 5 day working week on a Monday-Sunday rotating rota to keep abreast with the sporadic actions of these animals.
If you have an interest in lions and big cats or are considering a career in the veterinary field then volunteering on a lion and big cat conservation project could be for you.
Gain hands-on veterinary experience with wild animals on a Game Reserve in northern South Africa! You’ll shadow the vet and you’ll learn an unbelievable amount!
Help with essential conservation work in South Africa to preserve the “big 5” – lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino – and get involved in the running of a game reserve.
Help to improve Zimbabwe’s lion population by volunteering on a lion rehabilitation project, a stone’s throw away from the magnificent thundering waters of Victoria Falls.
Be part of an ongoing research program on cheetahs, leopards and hyenas while helping with the conservation efforts.
A great combination of teaching and conservation. Teach English to rural children and experience life in a Big 5 wildlife conservation area.
Assist with hands-on lion conservation and rehabilitation with the mighty Victoria Falls - one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World - as your backdrop!
This is the only project in the world where you can take lions for a walk through a game reserve!
Located on a Big 5 Nature Reserve, this offers a fantastic opportunity to assist with the long term studies of lion behaviour and monitoring black rhino, leopard, cheetah, and elephants.
Combine wildlife and community volunteering with culture and adventure in the Rainbow nation, South Africa!
Explore the stunning African landscape whilst simultaneously creating a long-lasting impact on the wildlife that lives there with this conservation project.