African conservation helps protect the existing reserves, the animals that live on them and the people who call them home. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, deforestation is affecting Africa at twice the world rate and poachers are putting a large percentage of African wildlife at risk of extinction. This is why African wildlife conservation is so important and why you should look into participating in an African conservation program on your gap year.
A number of programs focus specifically on African wildlife conservation and there’s more than just the ‘Big 5’ to lend a helping hand too! As the second largest continent on the planet, Africa is home to over 1,100 species of mammals and over 100,000 general specials altogether. There are however thousands of endangered species in Africa due to trophy hunting, habitat loss, change in ecosystems, unregulated livestock farming, crop farming and deforestation.
Regular duties expected from African conservation volunteers include tracking and collaring of animals, surveying and patrolling wildlife, predator tracking, removing traps and snares, community clean ups and much more. African conservation programs vary considerably from each other so it is imperative that you read each one carefully to ensure it is something that truly excites you.
Stay in our awesome coastal camp surrounded by palm trees, immerse yourself in the local way of life. Projects include school improvement, home building & environmental initiatives.
Assist the team with data collection to help with research on cheetah and leopard releases in the stunning Namib Desert
Do you have a passion for conserving and protecting our environment? We need people like to you to work to reverse the damage done, restore what nature intended and heal our world.
Join a mounted anti-poaching patrol and help in the preservation of predators and rhinos
Work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation through research, education and diving, collecting data on mantas, whales, coral reefs and fisheries!.
Immerse yourself in a welcoming rural community in the green mountains of south west Uganda, home to endangered mountain gorillas. Help educate communities and conserve this amazing species.
5 weeks community volunteering with street children and youth groups in Kigali + 1 week trekking with silver back gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Applications for 2017 now open!
Work on the Balule Game Reserve in the greater Kruger National Park with experienced field guides, research managers and ecologists.
Provide a helping hand on an amazing private game reserve in South Africa, tending to the Big 5 and even helping care for rare Bengal Tigers!
Volunteer in Malawi at its only accredited wildlife sanctuary. Volunteers get involved with daily animal care, rehabilitation and release projects, wildlife research and community education.