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.
Come face to face with one of the world’s most infamous predators
Join this incredible marine conservation project where you will experience the magnificent marine mega fauna which makes Tofo, Mozambique, one of the world’s most special places.
Experience the magical island of Madagascar, and have an amazing and unforgettable time volunteering with lemurs near Fort Dauphin.
Experience the work that goes on behind the scenes of a successful wildlife safari reserve by working alongside the park ranger and researcher.
Step into Africa`s magical wilderness and have the ultimate adventure and learning experience that will change your life!
Become an assistant game ranger in this stunning conservation area, and witness South Africa’s fabulous ’Big 5’ whilst helping to protect flora and fauna on this beautiful game...
Coach Sports to underprivileged children in South Africa, make a difference to local communities and get up close and personal with baby lions!
Come and swim in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Tanzania and see the spectacular wildlife it holds while working towards conserving their incredible habitat.
Come and join this once in a lifetime project, giving you the chance to help in essential human-animal conflict reduction in the deserts of Namibia.
Learn to dive or improve whilst contributing to whale shark, turtle and manta ray research in Sodwana Bay; one of the world’s prime dive locations.